When I was young, I was in love with Luke Skywalker.

I was also sure that, if offered the option, I would not have struggled one bit to choose between Jedi-dom and “the Dark Side.”

Yet, given my own mind’s long and well-documented affinity for negative thinking, perhaps my youthful confidence was a tad premature.

The “dark side” is fueled by anger, regret, pain.

For many years, I, too, was fueled by the same.

I’m in my 40′s now, and am just now learning how to teach my mind to seek – and like – and trust – the light.

It is still all too tempting for us to dive into darkness, depression, despair. But when we can resist, not only do the fears driving them ease, but their dire outcomes fail to materialize!

The truth is, I am discovering that most – perhaps all – of the power I need to change my life for the better resides right within my own mind.

As I think, so I live.

If I think, “Shannon, you are beautiful, smart, kind, successful,” life mirrors this thought back to me.

In the same way, if I think the opposite, the opposite is what fills my days.

Like mine, your good thoughts hold great power. Your mind may not intuitively know how to become your ally, but it can learn.

You can teach your mind to befriend you, just like I am teaching my mind to befriend me.

It won’t happen all at once, but if my experience is any indication, it WILL happen, one small shifting thought at a time.

Today’s Takeaway: Have you noticed your mind has a tendency towards the negative or the positive? If you, like me, have a mind that tends towards darkness, what helps you to encourage it to seek the light instead?
p.s. This post is from March’s “Good News for Eating Disorders Recovery” ezine.



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    Last reviewed: 26 Feb 2014

APA Reference
Cutts, S. (2014). Your Good Thoughts Hold Great Power. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 26, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mentoring-recovery/2014/03/your-good-thoughts-hold-great-power/



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