"We can fast from anything that occupies our awareness and makes us "fall asleep" in consciousness. Choose to fast from anything that frequently occupies your consciousness as a practice for releasing attachments and opening to something new."
We can fast from anything that occupies our awareness and makes us "fall asleep" in consciousness. Choose to fast from anything that frequently occupies your consciousness as a practice for releasing attachments and opening to something new.
If you can identify, then here's where my journal entry comes in handy. If you notice it's one particular thing or thought or emotion that is stealing your mental energy, fast from it. Let that junk go. It is not worth it. Show it no mercy. None. Cut it out. Be ruthless about protecting yourself from negativity.
I love Cleo Wade's book Heart Talk. In it, she says this: "Nothing negative deserves to take up major real estate in your mind or in your heart."
Try it for a day and see how it goes. You may still have the thought pop up over and over, but the point is recognizing it and saying: "Nope. Not today. I'm fasting from this thought today. I will not go down that rabbit hole today. I will not let my thoughts spiral out of control with this today. Not today."
That's it. One day at a time. If it helped you, do it again the next day and again and again... until you can breathe again.
To be very clear, I'm not telling you to avoid your problems or live in denial... I'm telling you to not let unhealthy thought patterns rule you. BIG difference. There is a big difference between actual problems that need attention and unhealthy thought patterns. If there's a real problem in your life, it may give you some space and clarity so that you can deal with it from a healthier perspective. If it's not a real problem in your life, you'll start to see that, too, and may be able to really let it go. Life is hard enough. Don't make it harder.
The point is to free up your mental focus to let go of unhealthy thought patterns. Only then can you really create space for new things. Better things! Lighter things. Healthier things.
Do what you have to do to take care of yourself. Don't waste your life away on thoughts that suck you down a black hole. No thing, no emotion, and no person is worth that. Let. That. Junk. Go. Then be on the lookout for better things happening all around you.
Love and Light.
Other things that help...
Meditation to still your mind. Prayer to connect you to a higher power and better perspective. Practicing gratitude to place your thoughts on healthier things (I'm big on this. Here are two past posts of mine about it: Practicing Gratitude and One Small Habit: Gratitude Journal). Frequently emptying the proverbial emotional garbage can and letting go of junk in your life. Listening to uplifting music. Exercising to help your body feel better. Getting enough sleep. Laughing. Dancing. Spending quality time with loved ones or your pet. Taking a break from your phone. Getting outside in nature.