It is easy to become overwhelmed by negativity these days. Natural disasters, global wars and a sinking economy not only envelop the news around the world, but also have a direct effect on our daily lives. Family, friends, jobs, and home life are seriously afflicted with the bombardment of depressing, frustrating happenings every day. It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of actually attracting more negativity. All you have to do is think “I hate my job, it doesn’t pay enough and the hours are horrendous!” or “The economy is in the toilet; we will never get ahead!” Your own thoughts and statements will set the tone for the expected outcome. The good news is that you may attract positivity in exactly the same way!
Being mindful of your daily thoughts and actions will go a long way to keeping things positive in your life. Mindfulness simply means really thinking about what you’re thinking, saying or doing. It’s about staying in the moment. It may take a little practice as we are often overwhelmed with thoughts of the past or future, but it can make an amazing difference in your life. For example, Let us say you’re stuck in traffic on your way to work … again. A hundred different things may be running through your mind: “Great! Now I’m going to be late, the boss will be angry, I’m going to fall behind on that stupid project and the whole week is ruined!” And the scenario goes on and on. However, if you can briefly pause, take a deep breath and focus on something you enjoy, it may go more like this: “Stuck in traffic again! But, wow! Look at that beautiful garden right across the street. There are so many delightful colors and flowers; it adds so much beauty to my commute. How have I not seen that before?” Now you’ve set the precedence of finding and focusing on other positives which, by nature, will attract even more good stuff. Since there’s nothing you can do about being stuck in traffic, stick with what you can change … your mind, and enjoy every moment.
Another component for keeping things light is listening. Make a mental note of how much negativity is getting filtered into your brain every day. A little less drama and a bit more comedy on your television or radio can make all the difference. Also, really listen to your friends and co-workers. If it’s common to hear them complaining, arguing, or putting others down, you would do well to plan a break away from the chatter. Replacing this with some music you enjoy or a quiet walk in the park will go far in relieving your brain from the doldrums. Another tactic is to try changing the subject. Tell them about the beautiful garden you saw or throw in some jokes to get them laughing. Laughter will brighten even the gloomiest atmosphere.
Now, let’s take a look at gratitude. It is far too easy to fall into misery if our thoughts are consumed with what we don’t have or what we think we need. This may sound familiar: “I have so much I need to fix in my house. It’s so old everything is falling apart and I just have no money or time to fix anything!” Notice the feelings that go into that statement. There is frustration, fear and need, which promote desperation and dissatisfaction. Now, see how this statement feels: “I’m so happy to be home where I can relax, unwind and safely rest my head at night. I am truly blessed.” This makes for a much more serene state of mind. Yes, you may still have much to fix but noting your gratitude will make it less overwhelming and extracts the urgency from the whole process. A gratitude journal is an excellent tool to remind yourself of the abundance you truly do have in your life. It’s important to include things in your journal that aren’t the same every day, like friends and family. Be specific. Include things like the cool grass on a hot day or the birds singing outside of your window. Try to include at least one “small” thing you’re grateful for. Doing this also helps to keep you mindful of things you do, hear, and say so you will have something new for your journal entry.
The law of attraction is a powerful one. Allow yourself to see the beauty in each day. Dwell on the positive things life has to offer. By staying mindful and grateful of that which is good in your life, you are inviting even more wonderful things to accompany you on your journey. Do you live by the law of attraction?