Have you ever found yourself stuck on a particular thought that just won’t go away? It could be a positive thought, a negative thought, or even a neutral thought…but it stays there, much like a song stuck in your head. Negative thoughts, especially, seem to stick around in a really annoying way. If a person isn’t adept at just “letting it go” (which is harder than it sounds), these thoughts become even more frustrating. They begin as a random thought that brushes against the mind…and then many times quickly take over the entire thought process. For awhile we wallow in these thoughts. We think “well, if I marinate in it for awhile, it’ll just go away.” Wrong. At this point, they become annoyingly present at all times. The wallowing actually made it worse. So what is it that we do to get rid of these thoughts? We have to consciously decide to push them away–negative thoughts have a way of snowballing into something larger than we ever thought possible, and there is no room for that in our lives.
Louise L. Hay says, “It’s only a thought, and a thought can be changed.” There is so much truth in that statement, however unattainable it may seem at the beginning. Different things work for different people. Meditation has always worked for me, where it doesn’t work for others. Affirmations work for other people and don’t seem to work as well for me. Some people run, bike, swim, or dance (all forms of moving meditation); some people write, paint, play an instrument, or sculpt (all forms of creative meditation). Whatever you do that works for you, keep doing that.
Recently I have gotten back into the habit of daily meditation along with a physical practice (either swimming or yoga). It has come to my attention that instead of waiting for something to happen and then going back to meditation, I should be meditating and practicing all the time in order to buffer those situations in the first place. I guess it’s similar to taking care of your car. If you have the oil changed regularly, put gas in it, and keep everything tuned up, you won’t be going into the shop every month because the engine has fallen out and the tires keep exploding. Of course, there are always the fluke accidents…but they shouldn’t be a regular thing.