How can we achieve more inner peace, awareness and live in the present?
For a lot of people, this is could be the key to overcome obstacles and enjoy life. Do you ever sabotage yourself with negative thoughts? Is that little voice in your head stopping you from achieving your goals? Does that little voice in your head tell you that you are not good enough, that you can’t lose weight, that you are not smart enough, capable enough, etc? Is that little voice reminding you constantly of the pain of the past? Or is it always making you worry about the future?
If you have done meditation, visualization, hypnosis, or any other technique where you need to concentrate your attention deeply, you probably know how good it feels to stop that little voice in the head but how hard it can be sometimes. These days a lot of people are looking for ways to live a better life and to improve their physical and mental well-being through natural alternative therapies and by reading self-help books. But many start with good intentions and make the decision to change, only to go back to their old habits and thinking patterns later on.
Why is it so hard to be aware of the present moment and stop the negative thoughts? One of the reasons is that habits, behaviours, beliefs, thinking patterns and emotions come from the subconscious mind and happen automatically according the past conditioning. Our thoughts create our emotional state and sometimes these thoughts happen so fast that it is almost impossible for the Conscious mind to be aware of them. A lot of people are not aware of their own subconscious thoughts and keep having the same thoughts and experiencing the same feelings and emotions: stress, anxiety, anger, guilt, loneliness, low self-esteem, depression, etc. over and over. Does this sound like you?
If you have tried many times to make a change, get rid of a specific habit or overcome specific feelings and emotions without much success, it is probably time to become aware of your own subconscious mind programming and change whatever negative thoughts, feelings and emotions are stopping you from enjoying life and achieving your goals. By getting rid of the “burden of the past” it is easier to be more aware and more present in the moment. Meditation Visualization, self-hypnosis and Breathing exercises will also help you increase your awareness and stop the mental noise.
Here are a few tips next time you want to quiet your mind and be more aware:
1.- Notice what kinds of thoughts are going through your mind
2.- Write down these thoughts
3.- if they are negative replace them with more positive ones
4.- if they are related to past experiences like, what happened yesterday, a week ago, etc. Ask yourself if there is anything that you can do in the present to fix it. If not, it is time to let go and move on.
5.- if those thoughts are related to the future or they are worries, ask yourself if there are based on reality, is the situation really dangerous? is something bad going to happen? Write down the things that you could do in the present to fix the situation. In many cases, you will notice that they might be things that you cannot control. If this is the case, then do what you can and let go of those worries or negative thoughts.
6.- Trust the universe to help you overcome whatever obstacles you might be encountering in your life and accept that there is only so much under your control.
7.- Now take a few deep breaths and congratulate yourself for taking the first step to improve your life.