When it comes to being physically ill, or physically hurt, rehabilitation can take months. Progress can be slow and at times, it may seem like we’re not making any progress at all. We listen to our doctors and find a treatment plan that works for us. We allow ourselves time and patience to heal which research shows, makes a big difference in recovery.
Why can’t we allow ourselves that same time and patience to heal our minds as well? Our minds are capable of amazing things. To harness the power of the mind and the power of our thoughts is an amazing gift that we shrug off as a whimsical notion that holds no value. We are afraid of our minds, afraid to spend time alone with our thoughts, we are afraid to be alone with ourselves, why?
You may not control your thoughts, but you can control the ones you pay attention to. We control the ones that seep into and affect our lives. We control the thoughts that we accept into reality but we’ve forgotten how because for years we were taught that our minds are little more than pre programmed machines but we are so much more. You can’t dull down the human experience as a computer that is wired this way and not that. YOU ARE MORE THAN THAT.
The thoughts you actively think and the ones you choose to entertain are in your control and are the ones with the power to impact your life. If a thought comes up that you don’t like, instead of harboring it, claiming it, ruminating on it, you can let it go. That’s all you need to do is just let it go and it will no longer affect you, that thought will no longer be a part of you. It sounds so simple and I promise you that once you get the hang of it, it is so incredibly simple.
Like all skills, letting go requires practice. It’s a mental muscle that needs to be worked to become strong and you need to allow yourself the time to make it strong. Be patient with yourself and be mindful that it’s a gradual skill. You’re not going to wake up one morning and be perfect.
There is no such thing as perfect, all mental skills are a constant work in progress that make your life and your mind health better and better as you go. The more you do, the better you’ll be and the better you are, the more you do. It’s an upward spiral to counter the downward one you may currently be facing but in order to start, you need to let go.
Let go of the pain and live in the moment and imagine a bright future. More than imagine, plan it out, take control and work out the details of how you’re going to do it. Let go of the old, and make room for the new.