Doctors tell us that we should exercise moderately for about thirty minutes a day.
Pretty standard health advice.
The only thing, our mind is actually the asset that must be worked on most and understood best. But there doesn’t seem to be a minimum daily requirement for mental exertion.
And there should be. Especially when it comes to noticing and managing our more damaging thoughts.
Emmett’s daily devotional was among the first books in the positive psychology revolution to explore how thoughts can shape our reality. One passage in particular comes to mind.
Every time you dig up an old grievance or an old mistake by rehearsing it in your mind or, still worse, by telling someone else about it, you are simply ripping open a grave. Life is too precious for grave robbing. Let corpses alone. The past is past, liquidate it. If a negative memory comes into your mind, cremate it with the right thought and forget it.
And so, instead of reflexively tumbling down the toxic rabbit hole of cynicism, we become aware of when our mind is being controlled by unpleasant feelings.
Instead of allowing our mind to churn out thoughts veined with worry, we catch a negative seed being planted in our mind and gently uproot it.
Proving to ourselves that we can still listen to our mind without taking it seriously.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What if you made a law for yourself today that you are not going to touch any mentally negative thing?
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