In my work with clients, I like to teach what I call three different mind moods:
- unkind mind,
- kind mind and
- quiet mind.
They’re all pretty self-explanatory. But suffice it to say that an unkind mind dishes out negative and critical thoughts. A kind mind is when we’re thinking positively or kindly toward ourselves and others. And when we’re in a quiet mind mode, we’re simply in the present moment and our minds are at peace.
Let’s say you become aware that your unkind mind has been running the show. Here you are going about your day and you become aware of thoughts like, “why bother”, “things are hopeless”, “I’ll always be depressed”, “I’ll never be happy” or “everyone else has more…” — fill in the blank.
Now you’re at a crossroad. You can keep recycling and believing the thoughts that your unkind mind is dishing out, or you can make a conscious decision to either upgrade your thought to a kinder one or to quiet your mind by turning your attention to something that is actually factually present in the here and now, otherwise known as reality.
As you gain more awareness of your depressive thoughts and more willingness to upgrade them, you will start to get some breaks in the regularly played unkind mind programs.
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