Remember a happy time when you were a child. Remember what it felt like to just run. (If you can’t remember, watch a child – you’ll get the idea. If you don’t want to imagine this as a child, remember a very happy moment in your life.) Stay with and in that thought. Feel the lovely freedom of running – the breeze moving your hair, feeling the air on the skin on your arms, giggling with excitement. Now take that picture and blow it up really big in your mind. Make it brighter and brighter and bigger and closer. What are you thinking, feeling, seeing? What sounds do you hear? How colorful can you make it? (Thank you Anthony Robbins for the brilliant exercise from which this was adapted.)
How do you feel now that you’ve blown that image up so big and bright? Do your feelings of happiness or goodness increase? That is the power your mind has over what you think. You chose to bring about a response in your mind, and probably your body, with the simple power of thought. You can do this with any thoughts. You can choose to interpret what you are experiencing any way you want. No matter how terrible a situation is, you are still the one in control of what you tell yourself about the situation.
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Try it when you’re feeling overwhelmed or gloomy. Choose to move yourself out of your current, negative state by going back to a happier image like the one you chose in the above exercise. Choose to replace your gloomy thoughts with those of the positive image. Spend a few moments staying with that image. It will change the way you feel.
How you feel is not the result of what is happening in your life – it is your interpretation of what is happening. Successful people’s lives have shown us over and over again that the quality of our lives is determined not by what happens to us, but with what we do with what happens to us.” Anthony Robbins
I don’t pretend that you won’t hit bumps in the road, have some miserable experiences and moments of sadness. But you do have control over the way you think. Recognizing and feeling your emotions is important. But you can change your perspective. When you change your thoughts – as you know, you change the way you feel, and therefore you see the opportunities, trust your instincts, and act on opportunities. Simply put, when you change your thoughts, it’s easier to align with the Universe and trust.
Nobody said learning magic was necessarily easy, but it’s so fun. Why don’t you try it?
Affirmation of the week:
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Each day, I am experiencing more of the magic in my life. I trust that when I change my interpretation of what is happening, I can change my life.