Are Your Thoughts Stealing Your Happiness?

“You’d  never invite a thief into your house, so why would you allow thoughts, that steal your joy, to make themselves at home in your mind?” – Unknown 

When I read this quote I had one of those moments when the light turned on and I could see more clearly ….. it really makes you think.  Why do we allow thoughts that steal our joy, happiness and well-being?  If you were told by a doctor that negative thinking is a life threatening disease, would you keep thinking negative thoughts?  No, of course you wouldn’t, but we do.  And what if you were told the cure for this life threatening disease was positive thinking, would you take your dosage as prescribed?  Of course you would, we all would.  So WHY do we insist on robbing ourselves of who we really are and of our own precious life by focusing on the negative?  Life is supposed to be joyful, happy and abundant!

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Honestly speaking, I do believe negative thinking is a life threatening disease.  It is a disease that slowly and painfully drains the life right out of you.  It takes you to dark places, creates depression, dis-ease and pain, and can very easily turn into destructive behavior patterns.  Once the negativity takes control, we lose control.  Often times we reach for a quick fix to make us feel better, but unfortunately those things are typically pills, street drugs, alcohol or junk food.  We try to rid ourselves of the emotional pain we are experiencing not realizing at the time these solutions are only temporary and will only lead to more problems, pain and negativity. 

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Why not reach for something natural ~ why not reach for a positive thought, a positive feeling, a good memory, a walk in the park, sitting in the sun, playing in the sand, spending time with loved ones, playing with your pet, watching a funny movie, listening to the kind of music that makes you want to dance, having a picnic, sharing a laugh with a friend ~ There are hundreds of positive things to reach for!  Instead of allowing your thoughts to steal your happiness, choose to replace them with the good in you and around you.  Choose to get back in tune with your Inner Life, where there is no negativity.  Choose to be happy not just because you know you should, but because you know you deserve it!

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If true and lasting happiness is what you seek, seek first from within.  Live, breathe and be your Inner Life.  Quiet your mind, focus solely on the present moment and allow the power of your Inner Life guide you to where you want to be ….

Love & Light,

Cindy

Detoxing Your Mind

04We cleanse our bodies as a healthy means to flushing out unwanted toxins, but how often do we cleanse our minds of toxic thoughts?  Our minds are just as important as our bodies, if not more, for what we feed our minds, feeds our bodies.  Unhealthy thoughts lead to unhealthy habits that can eventually cause disease and death.  How and what you think will ultimately contribute to the quality of your whole life, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Just as it takes time to cleanse and detox our bodies, it also takes time to cleanse and detox our minds.  Our toxic thought patterns are poisonous to our lives and especially to our hearts.  How can you live through your heart if your mind is poisoning every part of your life and body?  Any negative thought or belief is toxic to our well-being especially when these thoughts are directed toward ourselves.

The reason our toxic thoughts make us feel so “bad” is because they are not in align with who we really are; they do not come from our Inner Life, but through our outer life.  When you dwell on negative thoughts you move further away from your Inner Life until one day you wake up filled with anger, frustration, stress, anxiety or depression.  When you become consciously aware of your negative thought patterns you can more easily change them because you will have the control, not your mind.

03The first sign of any toxic thought is how you feel.  If you do not feel “good”, you are not thinking good thoughts. There is no way you can think positive and not feel good. If you can get in the habit of daily meditation, changing your thought patterns will come more easily because you will be creating no thought.  No thought aligns you with your Inner Life because you are then one with who you really are.  And when you are one with who you really are; negativity escapes you.  If meditation does not come easily to you, train yourself to change every negative thought to a good one even if it means focusing on just one thing that makes you feel good.  You can also get in the habit of consciously thinking positive thoughts before the negative thoughts take over your mind.  Start your day off by thinking about the aspects of your life that make you feel good.  In time, your mind will automatically think the positive thought before it starts to think the toxic thought because you have re-trained your mind into a positive thinking pattern.

Be patient with yourself as you move toward a new way of thinking and keep in mind what benefits the mind will surely benefit the body.  You will be amazed at how quickly life can change in the direction you want it to just by feeling good!!!!

Love & Light,

Cindy Ortiz, Inner Life Guidance Coach

 

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Life’s Little Hiccups

48From time to time, life will hand you some unexpected hiccups.  More than likely it will be something unplanned or unwanted.  Instead of allowing this little hiccup to get in the way of your happiness, embrace it for what it is.  For what it is, is all that it is.  In most cases, the scenario could be much worse so take a minute to find gratitude for it being no more than what it was. 

Too many of us allow “negative” things to stress us out or control how we feel, but it is important to remember that you are the one who has control over how you feel.  Whatever the situation is, deal with it and move on.  There is no need to harbor negative energy in regards to it.  There is also no reason to stop being happy or feeling good.  Just because something “bad” happens to you does not mean you have to change who you truly are.

The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama

Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Stress Free Living by Elisabeth Wilson

Being able to accept life’s unexpected hiccups with a positive attitude will bring you power.  You will be able to go on with life without allowing it to “take you down”.  So many people get caught up in these little hiccups that before they know it, their lives are spinning out of control like a tornado!  Allowing yourself to get upset or distraught is not going to change what happened so why waste all your good energy?  Instead, do what you have to do, go on with life and above all else, just be happy!

Love & Light,

Cindy

** I am a Personal Development Life Coach!  I work with people who want to better themselves, their lives, their relationships or who just want to be happy!  If you do not live in the area, no worries!  I offer e-coaching (e-mail) and phone coaching.  Please visit www.cindy-ortiz.com for more information or to contact me.  I’d love to hear from you!

 

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