Our thoughts are like asteroids and meteors, zooming around out there in space. Some enter our atmosphere only to burn up quickly as meteorites or shooting stars. Others occasionally penetrate through the atmosphere and crash into the earth such as the recent one that blazed across the sky in Russia causing injuries and damage. It was an asteroid or comet that hit the earth and is believed to have contributed to the extinction of three quarters of all plant and animal species including the dinosaurs sixty-five million years ago.
Likewise, negative thoughts like worry and anxiety can cause serious damage or distress if they're allowed to enter our mental atmosphere. So here's a way to build a defense system. I call it Thought Shifting and I introduced it in my previous post. It's simple and amazingly effective and we can get good at it really quickly. It's also fun. But, like getting to Carnegie Hall (see previous post), it takes practice, practice, practice.
This is a thought exercise. Einstein used thought exercises developing his theories. These are much easier.
Step 1. Form a visual image in your mind. It can be anything. The shoes you're wearing, a '63 Corvette, anything (keep it neutral, nothing emotional or disturbing).
Step 2. Fixate on it for a few seconds then shift to another image. Your dog, your cell phone, or a bowl of Ben&Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream. Whatever.
Step 3. Repeat Step 2 with different images.
Step 4. Keep doing it with new images.
That's it. It only takes a few seconds Do it fifty or a hundred times a day whenever you think about it. Our thoughts are like a light switch. We turn them on, we turn them off, we turn them on, we turn them off. You'll be surprised how quickly you can get good at it.
Remember, what we focus on expands so we want to keep these invaders out of our mental atmosphere. Oh yeah, I still haven't mastered thought shifting from Ben&Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie.
Next time: CATS, BATS, AND RATS IN THE ATTACK
"Nothing is as dangerous as an idea when it's the only one we have."--Emile Chartier
Hi and welcome to my blog. I’m Jeff Aronson, TheFearMonsterSlayer. In this and future blogs I’ll share some simple, effective and fun tools for managing fear and anxiety. So, welcome aboard!