ELIMINATING TOXIC THOUGHTS (part of the Dirty Dozen) – Operating in PERFECTLY YOU.
Written by Dr Caroline Leaf
A thought may seem like something that is fleeting. A thought may seem harmless and of no consequence. Often, we think of actions as having more impact than thoughts but actions are generated from thoughts. So it is important to realize that thoughts are measurable and occupy mental “real estate.”
Thoughts are active: They grow and change. Thoughts influence every decision, word, action and physical reaction we make. A thought may seem harmless. But if it becomes toxic, even just a simple thought can become physically, emotionally or spiritually dangerous. SeeANATOMY OF A THOUGHT 2.09 mins video clip
What are “toxic thoughts” and how are they different from healthy thoughts? Toxic thoughts are thoughts that trigger negative and anxious emotions, which produce biochemicals that cause the body stress. They are stored in your mind, as well as in the cells of your body.
The surprising truth is that every single thought – whether positive or negative – goes through the same cycle when it forms. Thoughts are basically electrical impulses, chemicals and neurons on a physical level, but when put together, something amazing happens, something science is still attempting to explore and explain adequately – a unique thinking pattern emerges, different from every other person on the planet. This is very powerful because it means we have a distinct thinking signature – just as fingerprints are different and distinct to each person, so are our thought patterns, our gifts our PERFECT YOU
Thoughts look like a tree with branches. As the thoughts grow and become permanent, more branches grow and the connections become stronger.
A thought becomes a PERFECTLY YOU blocker when it is negative or toxic because the chemicals that it triggers simply block your ability to think clearly. See CONTROLLING TOXIC THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS 1.35 min video clip. For example, if you are worrying about something that has popped into your mind, the more attention you pay to the thought, the more it will grow and develop. It can cause you to worry, affecting your concentration during the day, your sleep at night, even making you feel ill in the process. This means the mind and body really are inherently linked, and this link starts with our thoughts.
So, what unique and distinct combination of thoughts is filling your mind today, and what is hidden in the depths of your nonconscious mind waiting to spring into consciousness and influence the choices you make? How many could-have, would-have, if-only thoughts are swirling through your head at this moment? What thoughts are consuming you? At what level of detail are you replaying things in your mind?
Life throws things at us that just seem to fill our brains with toxic thoughts, and they seem so hard to control. We all know this.
I have gone through many of those experiences that I would have preferred to not have on my resume of life, and I am sure you have as well. In hindsight I can always see God was working behind the scenes and that there was value to the lessons I learned. I have seen on every occasion how, when I indulged in self-pity or worry, the fruit turned bad, I felt the life draining out of me, while the PERFECTLY YOU blocker gained strength.
I knew I had to “bring those thoughts into captivity,” repent and forgive so peace and joy would flood my being again, freeing my gift. Then I would get lost in the joy of my family and my work once again.
Have you ever found yourself going to sleep thinking about a situation and then waking up thinking about the situation? Has your head ever been so filled with the toxic thought details of everything, it felt like you had to shake it to make some room for something else?
Have you ever had toxic thoughts consuming your every moment and coloring your attitude to everything?
If you have answered yes to any of the above, the chances are you have experienced toxic thinking and therefore have blocked operating in the PERFECTLY YOU. Those toxic thoughts did nothing but harm your peace and block your ability to think clearly. You may even have lost your peace and sense of purpose in those moments.
Did you notice that as you stopped the cycle of toxic thinking, your PERFECTLY YOU started to operate again?
You can break this cycle. See PERFECTLY YOU and the 21-DAY BRAIN DETOX for details.
Want to see more about THOUGHTS ARE REAL. See this episode from our TV series ‘Switch On Your Brain.”
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