ThePeopleAlchemist Edit: Be your best self – #SmashYourCeiling, change starts from within -Business & Lifestyle Experimentation for #TheWomanAlchemist
OK, No negative thoughts allowed, Day 1 of 7 Day Challenge. As we said yesterday, to learn to appreciate yourself means no negative thoughts allowed. None. Whatsoever.
Self-appreciation is critical because it is about valuing who you already are and accepting who you are right here and right now with all your imperfections ( real or perceived) and without any judgement.
This means stepping out your negative thoughts. Negative thoughts erode your value, day after day, criticism after criticism until your true wonderful self retreats completely and only a shell is left behind.
But stopping the inner critic from constantly bitching (or other people for that matter) is not that easy, after all, it has become second nature with all the practice!
So what should you do?
THE MONKEY MIND EXERCISE A.K.A. DUMP THE C**P ON A PAGE
I find it helpful to write my thoughts down with “The Monkey Mind/”dump the c*** off your brain into a page” exercise.
You read it right: The Monkey Mind Exercise. Put simply, this is outpouring streams of consciousness on a page (or more).
It is a means to an end with neither right nor wrong way of doing it. I first heard of this exercise via Tim Ferriss in “Tools of Titans“. Julia Cameron inspired him in her “The Artist Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity“.
I use it every morning but it can be also used at the end of the day to clear your mind before going to bed. Or when you feel like bubbling up with all sort of negative thoughts. Instead of entertaining them and playing them over and over in your mind (not very useful), you can dump them all on a page. Venting at its best. Write a minimum of a page.
Don’t use your laptop or Ipad for this. The act of actually writing in itself is very cathartic. And don’t use a fancy diary. A very cheap paper/notebook will do.
Once you finish writing, you can create a ritual like burning the piece of paper or trashing it into thousand pieces. A symbolic way of acknowledging you got rid of those negative thoughts. And then you move on.
If you don’t feel like doing it, force yourself: it is like therapy but free.
See you tomorrow for Day 2 and more ways to stop those negative thoughts x
USEFUL RESOURCE FOR THE CHALLENGE
“The 7 Day Mental Diet” by Dr Emmet Fox.
In this concise book (22 pages), Emmet Fox’s challenge to the reader is to immediately deflect every single negative thought that enters one’s consciousness for seven days continuously and so to change their life.
It is easy to read but very impactful and ever so appropriate for today’s discussion. Happy reading.
Change starts from within; that’s why training your consciousness should be your Priority Numero 1 – a daily practice to silence your inner critic.