Phenomenological Perspective: That which you believe will become your reality.
The mind is so powerful. Those things that we imagine can ultimately become our reality. The power of our mind can heal the sick and make the poor feel rich. In other words, your life situation is really a matter of your mind. If you can control your thoughts to believe that life is good and you are going to be okay, then you can get through any obstacle that arises. If you have an attitude of defeat and allow negative thoughts into your head, then defeat will plague you.
So how can you get rid of the negative thoughts in your mind and start thinking in a positive light? Maybe meditation is right for you, maybe prayer, or maybe extreme conscious thought can work for you. The power to control the mind starts first with the awareness of what it is you want to be thinking. If you know you are prone to being a pessimist and are ready to change that way of thinking, then you can begin by being aware of every negative thought you have. When that thought creeps into your consciousness, you can choose to change it. It may sound simple and in every sense of the exercise it is. However it can take a lot of practice and effort. But, why not give it a try? If you don’t like who you have become and how you think is bringing you down, then you can choose to make the conscious effort to change it. We can’t always control what happens in our lives, but we can control how we react to every situation.
How many times have you heard, “Just relax and it will happen.”? And how many times have you wanted to just strangle the person who said it to you? Ironically, trying to relax can be very stressful. Relaxing the mind is something that although it can’t be forced, it can be learned. If we do not give our mind a break once in a while, we can become overwhelmed and overloaded.
So if stress is a problem for you and you can never seem to shut your mind off, then there are different things you can do. A meditation of relaxing thoughts, chanted words or beautiful music can often clear the mind. Yoga is not only good for the body but also the mind. Doing yoga two to three times a week can help give you the tools to relax and allow yourself to unwind. It is also a proven fact that when you exercise, your body releases endorphins that can lift your spirits and clear your mind. Not to mention the benefits that exercise has on your body. I believe that being at your best in mind, body and spirit is the key to living a balanced life.
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