Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ordinary things

I'm tackling my chores today: cleaning, laundry, etc. Sometimes I'm grateful for these chores because I don't have to think about anything, give my brain cells a rest/rejuvenation moment. I tend to think a lot, to analyze, resolve problems, plan things. I'd rather be this way than be mindless, though, and I've trained myself over the years to keep my thoughts positive.

I have been asked how I do this It's very simple: I'm aware of my thoughts, and as soon as my thoughts turn to  painful or negative things, I cancel it immediately. This takes dogged practice because the pull to wallow in old hurts is seductive. The words I use are either cancel, cancel or do not go there or stop, and I say them forcefully. Then, without missing a beat, I think of something pleasant or innocuous, because nature abhors a vacuum....You have to replace one with the other.

The Eye of Horus, or the Third Eye. Watercolour/gouache in a tiny handmade frame.

7 comments:

  1. your comment was beautifully articulated, and is valuable advice for us overthinkers. xox

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  2. I'm the same way. Whenever I start thinking about something negative I tell myself "Stop!" and I start thinking about something I love. Maybe it's a Libra thing...
    Sophie

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  3. I'm with ya... I make it a point to not get on that roller coaster. Once you escalate into the negative, you're there for hours... So I simply don't go there. Love the painting!

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  4. Such great advice, Colette, for us big thinkers. I'm going to start training myself to be better about that and I'm going to use your technique.

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  5. i need to train myself to do that....i seem to be very negative these days, what a great concept!

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  6. I do overthink as well, this was a good read and a valuable reminder!

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  7. That is a great idea Colette, one which I may adopt for I sometimes wallow in the past and my past mistakes (there are many). I just love that little picture.

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