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Daily Meditation. This meditation will teach you how to be more body aware. Many times we carry tension in our bodies and we are not even aware of it. This meditation also teaches us focus, patience, acceptance etc... ... See MoreSee Less

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#‎mindfulness‬ ‪#‎optimistic‬ ‪#‎meditation‬ Meditation is an exercise that trains your mind to focus. We all benefit from better focus. Athletes need high levels of focus to excel for example. You can apply increased focus in your day to day life as well.

In your Meditation practice sit comfortable and close your eyes and focus on something neutral - like your breath. Focus on your breath going in and then out of your lungs. As you do this for 10 minutes or longer gently redirect your mind back to your breath when it wanders. If you are like most people your mind WILL wander and that is completely normal. This exercise is all about noticing that you wandered and the redirection back to what you are focusing on. Over time you will find that you will not only notice sooner when you wander but also maintain your focus for longer periods of time. Note: Some days will be better than others. 🙂

If you want to increase the challenge than do a walking meditation and focus on your steps. You can also try a meditation with your eyes open, gently gazing at something in front of you. These types of practices are training you to focus while being exposed to a greater number of distractions - it is a better representation of what happens in our daily lives.

When you find yourself in a situation that is undesirable or unrealistically fearful then you can use your meditation practice as the basis to help redirect your thinking to thinking (focus) that is more balanced and Optimistic. When you change your thinking (thoughts that you believe to be true) your feelings/mood changes.

Be gentle to yourself and be patient. It really does work!
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#‎mindfulness‬ ‪#‎optimistic‬ ‪#‎meditation‬ Are you jealous of someone? This feeling arises when you have thoughts of "I am not good enough, they are better than me and I need to posses either them and/or something they have in order to better myself."

Start identifying WHY you think you are not as good? Why do you think are you inferior? Why do you think having something will make you better? Ask yourself WHY to the answers as well so you keep digging for the truth.

We all have insecurities! Only once you really identify them can you start working to counter them by coming up with Optimistic Outlooks that will then slowly "shift" your beliefs. If you think your not as "nice" as someone then start with "I have some nice qualities such as..." or "I have many nice qualities.." or "some people think I am nice and I do nice things sometimes..." etc..

Work your way up the Optimistic ladder and when you recite these statements daily you will start to change the way you think and believe about yourself. Then this happens you WILL feel better.
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#‎mindfulness‬ ‪#‎optimistic‬ ‪#‎meditation‬ Choose what belief you want... Many times we feel badly because we are convinced that others do not like us or that an outcome will be negative or we are focusing on something negative...

Ask yourself "Do I know this is 100% true?" The answer is always "no" - you do not know it's 100% true.

Ask yourself "Do you know this is 100% false?" The answer also is "no" - you do not know it's 100% false.

Since in many cases we don't really know what the real truth is then it is OUR CHOICE to focus on one of the possible outcomes. If you choose to focus on the negative then you will feel badly. If you focus on the positive you will feel better. IT'S YOUR CHOICE WHERE YOU WANT TO PLACE YOUR FOCUS.

The next time you are not feeling great ask yourself "Is there something negative that I am believing at this moment that really is not a 100% certainty?" This will help shift your focus on the possibility of a positive outcome.

When you believe better thoughts you will feel better and then act better.
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#‎mindfulness‬ ‪#‎optimistic‬ ‪#‎meditation‬ What is your calling... Is it really for you?

Many of us are trying to figure out what our calling in life is. Much has been talked about and written about but very little is written about exactly HOW to find this.

Many of us have some ideas of what we love to do or what career we want to do or what passion we want to pursue.....is it really the ONE for you?

FIRST: Ask yourself "If I was not scared - what passion would I love to pursue?" This removes a major filter that we all have used to count out possibilities.

SECOND: Ask yourself WHY do you want to do this? This is an interesting question and it will lead to some clarity and direction. Do you want to do this to get notoriety? Do you want to do this to get appreciation or respect? Do you want to do this so you can feel better about yourself? Do you want to do this because others are doing this and you want to be part of that group? etc....

Since all of our actions are triggered because of our emotions - ask yourself - "Is there some soothing or comfort or re-assurance that I need to get out of this passion or direction." If your answer is yes then be careful - this is a sign that your "passion" may not be a passion for YOU but rather you are doing it to get something external to you - a reaction out of others perhaps, in hopes to soothe a hurt heart?

So ask yourself the final question.. "If no one knew that you were doing your passion (you would not get any notice or praise from others) would you still do it? If the answer is no then that is not your passion. Your passion will be something that you will do because YOU want to do it - regardless of anything you may or may not receive from doing it.

If the reasons for doing your passion are because you love to do it and/or it will be fun to experience it and/or I will learn from it etc... then THAT is a sign that you are on the right track.

THE ONLY PASSION THAT WILL SATISFY YOU IS THE PASSION THAT IS FOR YOUR OWN SELF.
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‪#‎mindfulness‬ ‪#‎optimistic‬ ‪#‎meditation‬ Releasing physical tension... Many times when we feel "off" and we are also physically tense. Our shoulders may be tight or our eyes feel soar and weak or our neck aches etc...

When you are present and you notice this tension as physical manifestations of your thinking and emotions you can THEN do something about it.

Sit in a quiet place or lie down. Close your eyes and breathe in and out while you note your breathing. Do this for around 5 minutes. If you mind wonders then gently guide it back to your breathing. Now cycle through all your muscles starting at your feet and tense them for 5 seconds and then release. Do this 3 times per muscle region. Move to your ankles and do the same procedure of tensing and releasing.
Move to your calves then thighs then buttocks, abdomen, chest, hands, biceps, triceps, back, shoulders and finally face.
Finish with another few minutes of breathing meditation.

When you do this you will experience instant tension release and calm. This is especially helpful for people who are anxious and thus tense.

Give it a try as one of the many tools that you can use to live a better life. Ge gentle and patient as always with yourself.
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‪#‎mindfulness‬ ‪#‎optimistic‬ ‪#‎meditation‬ Meditation and fear... Many of us have gone through periods of fear and anxiety. Some of us have even had panic attacks and now are constantly monitoring our body sensations for signs of another one coming. At the first sign of some discomfort in our bodies we instantly go into a mode where we think it will get worse and this act of worrying actually makes it worse. This is a horrible cycle of thinking because it makes us feel like we are fighting ourselves all day long.

One great way to conquering this type of thinking is to meditate and let your body do what ever it wants to do and just observe the sensations. Sit in a chair and close your eyes and focus on your breathing for a few minutes. You are not trying to calm yourself down - you are simply observing your breathing. In fact you are welcoming ALL the sensations as they arise and let them play themselves out fully. So, when you have settled into your breathing then focus on your body sensations as they arise. Do not fight them or try to diminish the sensations - just observe them and let them be. If you find you are passing judgement about them, then release the need to judge these sensations. Just quietly say to yourself - these are just normal body sensations and I am safe.

Stay with this meditation for around 10 minutes.

What you are doing when you conduct this meditation is to get used to all the sensations of your body and being comfortable with them. Then when you are out in the real world and you feel some of these sensations coming on you will no longer be inclined to "escalate" them by judging them as bad. You will remember that they are just normal and will pass. You will remember that you have felt your heart racing before and nothing bad happened. You will remember that you had been light headed before and nothing bad happened. You will remember that you had knots in your stomach before and nothing bad happened. These are all normal sensations that happen to everyone. It's part of being human and living in a busy world.

The more you practice this meditation the more you will be comfortable in your own body and the less your anxiety and fear will get escalated. We all get nervous from time to time but not everyone gets anxious to the point we get panic attacks.

Be patient and be gentle. You will see progress over time.
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‪#‎mindfulness‬ ‪#‎optimistic‬ ‪#‎meditation‬ Making choices and moving forward ..... Many of us have choices to make that lead us to in-activity. We procrastinate and put off making these choices. Why is that?

This is generally a sign that fear has come into our thinking, we fear making a mistake, we fear failing, we fear succeeding, we fear being looked down upon for making the wrong decision etc...

When this happens to you and you cannot seem to make a decision, one great way to overcome this roadblock is to ask yourself "If I was not fearful, what would I do? What would I do in the long run and what would I do right now, if I was assured of a positive outcome?"

This exercise frees yourself into thinking without prejudice. The decision becomes clear and you can now take the action that you really want.

The next step is to take your goal and split it up into very very small actions. If you want to go back to school for example or change careers then don't get consumed with ALL that is needed to achieve your entire goal. Take it one small step at a time. Just focus on your next step - a very small step - that you can do right now.

Maybe it's getting your resume up to date or signing up for just one class, or just getting that application completed or even just picking up that application etc... Think about this journey in the same way you may plan to move a pebble down the road - what can you do now to move that pebble forward just a little bit - today.

Many times you may not know what the entire path is but you can do that one push today; and then tomorrow do another one. Don't look too far ahead - just focus on now and today. The other actions/paths WILL open up as you slowly and steadily move forward and you gain confidence along the way.

Remember that your beliefs (thoughts) create your emotions and those emotions trigger your actions - ALWAYS! Change your thinking and you can then ultimately change your actions. Be gentle and be patient.
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‪#‎mindfulness‬ ‪#‎optimistic‬ ‪#‎meditation‬ Kindness meditation... One great way of changing the way you think is to be engaged in wishing people love and kindness.

Take a few minutes right now and sit in a comfortable place with your eyes closed. Watch your breath for 2 minutes. Now picture someone you would like to send kind wishes to and gently say to yourself - "I wish you love, I wish you kindness, I wish you happiness." Repeat the sayings slowly and gently for about 5 more times. Now picture another person and repeat the same steps. Just before you are done picture yourself and recite the same statements.

Doing this everyday will start to shift your focus to loving kindness and that WILL make you feel better because you are generating Optimistic thoughts that you believe to be true - "I am a kind and loving person."
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‪#‎mindfulness‬ ‪#‎optimistic‬ ‪#‎meditation‬ It's ALWAYS your choice how you want to react.

Many times we find that things happen around that perhaps are not optimal. People do things or say things and we get all caught up in the actions of others. We try to change them or the world around us. We get upset when we cannot have things exactly as we want them to be and we believe that if only the external world changed then we would be happier.

If everything externally in your life went 100% perfectly then you would still not be happy. Happiness resides in the contentment of oneself and NOT in any external circumstances. Why are you not happy when confronted by something external? It is because you are equating a certain outcome with your personal self worth. "If only that person would pay more attention to me - then I know I am loved." "If only I had that car - then people would think I am important and I would think so as well." "If only everyone respected their fellow humans and stop picking on one another then I would be happier." Etc...

Address your self worth issues by creating some Optimistic Outlook statements which counter your insecurities and recite them to yourself in a mirror. Use balanced thoughts and start slowly up the Optimistic ladder. You know you are on the right track when you start feeling better. Daily exercise is the key!
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‪#‎mindfulness‬ ‪#‎optimistic‬ ‪#‎meditation‬ Be gentle and compassionate... When you are trying to shift your thinking - be gentle and kind with yourself. You were taught how to think this way from events and people in your past. You no longer have to believe the conclusions that your past experiences have instilled in your thinking/reasoning.

Be patient and address this thinking with something slightly more Optimistic by reciting affirmative Optimistic outlooks as you look at yourself in the mirror. It really works. It just takes a little time to undo your past training.

You can always say some affirming statements like: "I am doing the best that I can do and that is OK. I realize it may take some time to undo my negative thinking and that is OK. I am patient with this process and I know it will work." etc...
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‪#‎mindfulness‬ ‪#‎optimistic‬ ‪#‎meditation‬ Stop mind reading.... Many of us become shy or reserved at social gatherings. Maybe you fear introducing yourself to someone. Maybe you stay with people you know.

Many of us jump to conclusions as to what others are thinking about us. Many times those thoughts are negative observations about ourselves. Identify what these negative thoughts are. Ask yourself "do I really have any evidence for these assumptions?"

Are you a mind reader? Catch yourself whenever you start to make up assumptions about yourself that others may have. They are likely NOT true and you really have no idea what they are thinking.
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‪#‎mindfulness‬ ‪#‎optimistic‬ ‪#‎meditation‬ Take a few moments out of your day today and do 3 acts of kindness. Compliment someone, buy someone a coffee, hold the door for a few people etc... Doing this on a regular basis will help train your brain to think Optimistically about yourself.

There is no better way to get in a good mood than to do something nice for someone else and see then smile at you. It really does work!
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#mindfulness #optimistic #meditation Love is one of those desired emotions we all want to feel. Love happens when you reach a tipping point in your thinking were by the majority of your thoughts about something is positive. In addition, LOVE surfaces when you accept yourself or someone else for who we/they are - regardless of their actions. You cut yourself or others some slack for you believe that we are all doing the best we can do at that moment.

We fall out of love when we begin to see actions that we do not accept and that chips away at our unconditional acceptance - thus we fall out of love.

When it comes to ourselves, we can look at our actions and still accept them because we are attempting to act better every day. If we revert to some behavior that we do not like we can be compassionate with ourselves and start over when we fail.

This is what Mindfulness Meditation teaches us when we practice. This attitude allows us to still love ourselves for the long term.
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#mindfulness #optimistic #meditation How can you help others? When you ask the people around you how they feel and really listen to them as they describe these feelings you will learn how they are thinking.

Feelings are the result of thoughts and this gives you a glimpse as to what they are thinking. Ask them WHY they are feeling this way?

If you want to help them, then help them generate more balanced Optimistic thoughts (that they believe to be true) that are just slightly more Optimistic than the ones they currently have. Ask then to come up with the evidence to support their negative thinking. Usually negative thinking is made up from a bunch of assumptions (not evidence based).

Here are some other questions you can ask them: When they are feeling down and say negative things, ask them "Is that 100% true" "do you know that for sure?" or if they say that others don't like them then ask them "Can you really read minds?" "Do any of us really know what is going on in people's heads?"

One last thing... if you hear them criticize others then point out something positive about the subject of their criticism.

These kinds of responses will help develop more balanced thinking in them and in the long run it will help! Be gentle and patient - they likely have years of negative thinking to undo; just like you. 🙂
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#mindfulness #optimistic #meditation 3 main issues... There are basically 3 main issues that we all need to work on and they encompass all other issues...

LOVE - TRUST - PATIENCE

Love yourself When the majority of thoughts about yourself is positive, that is love. This is a necessary foundation for moving forward and loving others. Love is all about accepting yourself without condition - "I am acceptable just as I am."

Trust in your ability in that you can deal with any situation that comes up which leads you to trust world. Trust allows you to to whatever you want. Trust is the antidote to fear - which we all have.

Patience... No one gets it right the fist time and the journey is important. Focus on the present and see what is good. Patience is all about accepting what is need to move forward in a positive direction.

Create balanced and realistic Optimistic Outlook statements and Affirmations that start to shift your beliefs and thinking about these three topics. When you improve these traits you will be well on your way to feeling better.
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#mindfulness #optimistic #meditation What causes fear... Fear is triggered when you start to believe that a negative outcome is about to occur and you do not want it to happen. You think that you are in imminent physical or even social danger AND you do not trust yourself that you can handle any situation with your own abilities.

In order to combat your fear you can come up with some Optimistic outlooks that look upon a situation in a more realistic light. When you start coming up with these better thoughts remember that there are many possible outcomes to all situations.

You also have many abilities to handle many situations that you are currently not acknowledging. What are some of your abilities? Can you remain calm in many situations? Can you come up with many options when needed? Are you creative? Are you able to ask for help? What is the worst that can happen? Is there anything I can do to make things better at this moment?

Also remember that everything is temporary and this too shall pass.

Take these Optimistic outlooks and recite them regularly. Doing this will help retrain your brain to not automatically think this way the next time you are in a similar situation. You will find that the more you practice thinking better the better you become. Eventually you will reach the tipping point where by the majority of beliefs are Optimistic and thus that situation is no longer fearful.

For example if you have a fear of flying some counter points would be "There are thousands of flights everyday and they are all safe. Turbulence in the air is just like bumps on the road when you are in a car. The pilot and crew are just as interested in arriving safety as I am and they will do everything to stay clear of danger. etc...

Recite your Counter Points regularly and soon you will hit that tipping point.
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#mindfulness #optimistic #meditation Quiet the mind... When people are feeling bad they search for ways to quiet their mind; to turn off their brains. So we get frustrated when we cannot do this. Guess what? You cannot stop your brain from generating thoughts. You CAN however retrain it to focus on something more soothing like your breathing or general Optimistic thoughts or focusing on the present moment.

This new focus WILL trigger positive emotions if you believe them and that causes you to act in a positive way - ALWAYS! The trick is to start of slowly and work your way up the Optimistic ladder by reaching for balanced thoughts that you can start to buy into.

Be gentle and do not judge yourself if you revert back to your negative patterns. Many of us had years of negative training that we eventually will undo - it just takes time and patience. You will be fine.
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#mindfulness #optimistic #meditation Skepticism about affirmations... Some people are skeptical about doing affirmations.

So I ask them: "If you told someone over and over again that they are a loser, would that have an effect on how they perceive themselves over time?" Their response is always "of course".

Then I ask them "So why do you think that saying affirmations will have no effect on yourself?" 🙂

The key to getting affirmations to work is using balanced and reasonable affirmations. Reach for a thought that causes a slightly better feeling when you begin this process. Over time you can change your thinking to even better thinking leading to even better feelings.

Slow and steady wins the race and consistency is the key!
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#mindfulness #optimistic #meditation Imagination... Our imagination makes us different from our animal friends on this planet. It allows us to save time by contemplating possible outcomes and by conducting mental experiments. This saves time and resources and is very handy.

Our imagination also can make us feel badly if we image negative scenarios or outcomes. Remember that thoughts you believe to be true WILL always trigger emotions! These thoughts also include "imagined" thoughts. Many of us envision stories (imagination) all the time of what people think of us, what may happen and what we could have done differently etc...

Sometimes these are constructive thoughts that help us move on but sometimes they keep us in a negative thinking and feeling pattern. If you are constantly thinking of impending gloom then think about the lyrics in this song by The Temptations: "It's just my imagination, running away with me..." You can refocus your thinking by gently guiding your thinking to more balanced and realistic thoughts.

The next time you catch yourself in a negative rut - say these words to yourself - "It's just my imagination coming up with a story of how things may be." Now look for evidence that does not support this negative thinking. Is what you are thinking 100% true 100% of the time? It what you are thinking a "sure thing"? Take 5 slows deep breaths and you will then start to see a shift in your feelings.

Doing this on a regular basis will help retraining your brain to automatically look for realistic scenarios. This will make you feel better.
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#mindfulness #optimistic #meditation Visualize an event... If you find that you are nervous about a particular event then take a few moments and for a couple of days prior to the event, visualize that event going well.

Visualize yourself feeling comfortable and calm at this event regardless of what happens!

If you do this regularly, before the event, then when the event arrives it will not be as fearful because you have confidence in an Optimistic outlook.

This is the same thing world class athlete's do to prepare for a big event. It is a proven way to change your thinking and reduce fear and anxiety.
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#mindfulness #optimistic #meditation Grieving and moving on... We all go through the grieving process when we loose someone special - family or friends or even a pet.

We get past the tragic event by acknowledge your feelings of loss and then gently and consciously focusing on the many years of joy and happiness that we have gained from our loved ones instead of focusing on the actual death.

You do not have to let that one event be your focus. Make your loved one's entire life be your focus.

Come up with Gratitude Statements for what your loved one has brought you or taught you. When you recite these statements on a regular basis and gently shift your thinking to these more balanced thoughts, in no time you will be moving forward to the next stage of your life.

If just comes down to what you choose to focus on. 🙂
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#mindfulness #optimistic #meditation Forgiveness sets you free... Many of us are caught up with past events. We may not be moving past an action that someone may have taken against us. We constantly re-live this event thinking how horrible it was to have this happen to us; how horrible this person is etc...

Set yourself free by letting this go. Forgive the people who may have caused an unfortunate event to have happened. Forgiveness means you understand that they did what they did because of how they were feeling at that moment.

If it was a bad act, then it was an indication of how badly they were feeling at that time. You are not condoning the act, you are just understanding the motivation behind it. You are being compassionate as we all have done things that we wish we did not do. They did the best they could have done at that moment and their actions were simply trying desperately to make themselves feel better about themselves.

Set yourself free means that you will start to live again by living in the present and not the past.
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#mindfulness #optimistic #meditation Body Sensation Meditation... Today conduct a body scan meditation. This is when you start out by focusing on your breath and then make a mental note of all the sensations that come into your body. If no sensation is strong enough to take your focus then then focus on your breath.

What this does is train you to be present with your body sensations. You teach yourself to observe and be present with what ever arises - in a non judgmental way.

Perhaps you feel a knot in your stomach, then note to yourself "Ah I am experiencing a knot in my stomach."

Perhaps you are experiencing pain in your shoulders and neck, then note to yourself "I am experiencing some pain/tension right now."

Perhaps you are experiencing some excited feelings, then note "I am experiencing excitement in my body."

Body sensations come and go. Many people fear them especially when they are having a panic attack or general anxiety. They are constantly check-in in to see where the next body sensation is coming from and then FEAR it getting worse. You believe that these sensations are the start of another panic attack and you will loose control etc...

Be gentle with yourself and do not judge yourself for having any of these thoughts. Our body sensations are just the result of a thought/belief that have entered our minds. THAT's ALL. They are not dangerous in any way.

By simply "noting" the sensations while meditating your are taking the first step in allowing them to be and not judging them. You are not making things worse by beating yourself up for having them. You are not exaggerating their importance. You can then experiment and see if there are any beliefs that are triggering these bodily responses. If you are in a situation in life that causes you some emotional responses which in turn trigger intense sensations you can notice then first and that simple act allows you to take a step back and decide if the underlying thinking/beliefs are indeed true.

This distance then allows you to think more clearly and if needed you can either now or at a later time take some positive action to change a situation that is not what you want.

Do this on a regular basis and you will amazed at how much more aware you will be of your body sensations and emotions in your daily life. Relax they are just your body doing what it needs to do at this moment and let it be.
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#mindfulness #optimistic #meditation Static... Negative thoughts are like "static" of the brain. They are preventing you from seeing your potential and what is good in your life. They are clouding your judgement. They are distracting you from moving in the direction you really want to move to.

Be Mindful about your thoughts and just observe them - do not get angry at yourself for having them or judge yourself for coming up with them. Observing your thoughts is the first step that will allow you to slowly distance yourself from them and say "Well that's not necessarily true....".

Most of us learned how to think negatively about ourselves from our previous life experience. You can change the way your process your life starting now!

When you start to shift the negative chatter to something more reasonable the static diminishes and you can begin to think clearer. This clarity will open up new possibilities.

Reciting Optimistic counter thoughts with Affirmations, Gratitude Statements enables you to retrain your brain to automatically generate Optimistic thoughts that counter that negative static! You will feel better!
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#mindfulness #optimistic #meditation External circumstances are just that ... Is there something external to you that you think is making you feel badly? Perhaps someone did something or someone didn't act the way you wanted. Maybe you want to possess something and are jealous of others who have it?

Nothing external to us ever triggers our emotions. External circumstances may trigger a belief/story within us and it is that story that is causing us to feel the related emotion.

Next time you feel discomfort ask yourself why do you “need" someone to do something? or why do you "need" to possess something? Upon examination of your story you will notice that somehow you are linking having that external "thing" to increasing your self-worth; you need the praise or need that shiny new possession. As a result, when you do not have that external thing you feel badly. WHY?

Well it stems from the beliefs that your self-worth is somehow validated or increased from getting and having that external "thing". In other words your lack of self-worth is causing you to grasp at an outcome of something external. News Flash!! Nothing external ever gives you any value. There are not enough actions in the world or possessions that you can have that will ever make you happy in the long term. Your value comes from within. Your happiness comes from how you perceive your own self-worth.

Practicing Mindfulness allows us to notice those stories that are causing our emotions. Once you know the root beliefs about yourself that are causing your feelings you can start to shift them by reciting Optimistic, Affirmative statements with regards to your own worth and value. Start slowly and work your way up the Optimistic ladder. Soon your self-worth will increase and your need for anything external decreases.

You will feel better by your own accord!
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