Thursday, September 23, 2010

Live Life: Don’t Focus On Negative Thoughts

Yes. And I dedicate this post especially to me. Though others are also free to bookmark it/ print it/ save it if they can relate to it and find it of any use.

Human mind is a powerful tool, if we can learn how to control it. But most of the time, the mind seems to be running of its own accord, like a wild horse. And it has one major negative trait: it loves to dwell on negative thoughts! All the time!

On those occasions, you feel like you are caught in a whirlpool, and no way seems out of it. I personally have actually screamed “SHUT UP” at my mind… out loud! Well, it just kept going on and on, on a negative track, you see, and even after trying all kinds of logical reasoning, it still refused to budge.

A tip: Logical reasoning hardly ever works with the mind, and most certainly not in extreme scenarios! Distracting it is a better way of bringing it on track.

I read in some book (I have forgotten which one now) that our mind can hold only one thought at a point of time – just a single thought. The moment we think of something else, that previous track is lost, unless we think about it again. In other words, you just need to feed one different thought to the mind whenever it starts acting like a stubborn child.


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Well, it’s not always as easy to implement though. Most of the time, this technique does work. And when it doesn’t, it’s usually because you’ve realized the negative track of your thoughts a little too late.

When the mind becomes more powerful, it can be a bit of a fight to regain control over it. Watching cartoons usually work in such times. And even movies with happy high-energy kids. Or, even better, working out! Just burn off all the excess energy on a treadmill or clean your cupboard!


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But why is it so important to keep the mind under control?

Mind is the place where “it all” gets created. Everything in our life – our successes, our failures, our wealth, and our relationships – all blueprints are first created in our mind. Whatever we think... materializes in our life. That is why it is important not to focus on negative thoughts. Unless, of course, we willingly want to create negative experiences in our life!

My personal learning curve about this:

  • DO NOT encourage any kind of dialogue with your mind. NEVER.

  • Keep your mind busy, with anything, EVEN FARMVILLE!

  • Have some Cartoon CDs with you always.

So keep the negative thoughts at bay. Well… at least attempt to do so! :D

P.S. – Honestly, at times I feel like taking my mind out and putting it in the freezer to “take a chill pill”!


This is my 23rd post for NaBloPoMo September 2010.

Link to the previous post: Live Life: Look For Humour


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6 comments:

Raksha Raman said...

Ah! How I wish I could put my mind in freezer as well..As an after thought, I guess I'd just 'let it be' for the mind is already frozen! :P

On a serious note, I guess by taming the mind half lives battles can be won but the training part is not just tricky but tedious to say the least! :)

I like the suggestions though..I guess the biggest of reliefs come through small things that we humans so neatly ignore or take for granted!

Glad to have stopped by...Shall catch up with the older posts asap :)

Liked this one! :)

Kaddu said...

Thanks for visiting Raksha. And yes, it is so important not to overlook the small gifts of life. One of my subsequent posts in this "Live Life" series is on "Gratitude". If we dwell on negativity, we just keep attracting more negativity. Mind gets stuck in the negative whirlpool. So it's important to pull it out.

evanescentthoughts said...

Great post Kaddu.. I like your suggestions.. watching a funny movie or listening to music relaxes my mind often..

Kaddu said...

@ Avada: Oooooo! I knew I was missing something... MUSIC! I like listening to Ricky Martin's Cup of Live... instant re-charge! :p

A S said...

hii kaddu

long tym!

yes i agree, no dialog works, its always better to engage urself into some nice activity :)

Kaddu said...

Hi AS! :D
Yesss... long time... how hv u been?

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