So, I’ve decided to go on a cleanse. I’m not drinking one cup of lemon juice a day (but that’s great if that’s your thing) I’m letting go of a bunch of negative thoughts and feelings that just seem to stick to me no matter what I try to do with them. They were so pervasive it was as if I had completely forgotten about who I truly was or how I prefer to operate in this life.
My negative thoughts and beliefs came up in therapy (which is really useful for this sort of thing) but the mistake I made was trying to validate them as to where they came from or why I still held them. The next step after realizing deeply held beliefs or chronic feeling states is to GET RID OF THEM!
But how, Ammanuel do you accomplish something so dauntingly simple? Like everything else FIRST you decide to do so and THEN you figure out a way to enact your plan. So I decided to release these and i started a round of affirmations on paper and in the mirror that I was going to release them. 30 minutes later I already feel better and am doing all of those things that I had been putting off till “later”. It feels great! “I now choose to release all negative emotion and thoughts”. It’s that simple.
The simplicity of the affirmation affirms that I do indeed have the power to just let these things go. I don’t need to do much more than that. The human being is so powerful that all we have to do is make a decision and then maybe listen to our gut a little bit and we can accomplish those things that we so often call “easier said than done”.
Why did I decide to do this? Because I wasn’t getting what I wanted. I wasn’t doing what I needed to be doing. I knew that something was getting in my way and that is decidedly UN-Awesome. I encourage anyone reading this to think of what’s getting in their way, and then decide that you’re going to let it out of your life. Oh, and the other aspect of the affirmation that’s so powerful is that I’m taking full responsibility for the emotions and thoughts. They’re not being broadcast into my mind by aliens or by any other equally absurd means-They’re MY thoughts. So I have to own them. But the great thing about owning these and not blaming anyone else is that the same mind that produces them is the same mind that has the power to let them go. It’s simple and contrary to the pervasive way of thinking about these things, that we have to figure out why they happen and where they come from. My mind is also capable of coming up with a lot of reasons for these too. But I’d rather just do what actually works.