Thoughts are Not Your Truth: 5 Tips to Protect Your Thoughts and Increase Confidence:
I never paid much attention to my thought life, until my thoughts began taking control of my peace and sanity.
The same bizarre thoughts I had had before, like imagining driving into oncoming traffic or a “what if” thought like, “what if I have a tumor” were not so easily dismissed anymore. When I was working through depression, almost all of my thoughts were presented to me as truth. That was an exhausting way to live when the average person has between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day!
However, having raging thought assaults every day, for months on end, gave me a beautiful gift.
It led me to the discovery that my thoughts are not my truth. This revelation set me free from allowing unwanted thoughts to control my emotions, my reactions, and even my view of the Divine. I used this realization to heal and guard my mind against depression and despair and do my best to remember this truth when everyday emotions and thoughts arise.
We often just assume because a thought is there that it belongs to us.
This is absolutely not true. We have more control over our thoughts than we think we do. We are the judge, the gatekeeper of what gets to stay and what does not.
When you have a thought that causes a negative emotion or goes against your moral compass then sometimes you either need to find the source or leave it where you found it and move on.
You get to decide who and what is invited to your thought party in this game of life!
When you accept every thought as truth, you not only invite those lies into your soul, but they always bring their friends and some of them come with luggage! This is how a stronghold is formed.
The Universe does not hold us accountable to the thoughts that go through our heads, it’s only when we take that thought as truth and move it to our hearts that it gains any power or gives us any cause to stumble. When you look in the mirror in the morning and think “Ugh, I’m fat, I don’t want to go to the gym and risk being the ‘fat girl’ in spandex,” that thought can be taken in two ways. Ignored as a self -deprecating thought and told to take a hike! Or received and entered into our heart as a lack of worthiness, low-self-esteem, and jealousy.
The best defense you have against depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and temptation is to take control of those thoughts, and find the courage to leave them where you found them.
Here are 5 Tips for Protecting Your Thoughts:
- Write down the areas of your life where you struggle emotionally.
- Try to pay attention over the next few days and really listen to the thought that comes in, the thought that triggers that emotion.
- Take that thought and write it down. Speak it out loud.
- Ask yourself this question, “Would I say this to a child?” (example, “you are fat, no-one will ever accept you” or “why do you even try, you’re not good at anything”).
- If it would break the spirit of a child or lead them on a destructive path, ignore the thought and tell it, “please leave!” Stay mindful and expose the thought, but most of all, speak truth. Speak the opposite of the negative thought like, “I am loved, worthy, and beautiful” or “The Universe has a purpose for my life, and everything is aligning perfectly for my success.”
Do you have any tips that you use to protect your thoughts and keep the negative ones at bay, that did not get mentioned above? Please share them with us in the comments section below!
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Moira Hutchison is a Mindset Cultivator, Energy Healer, and Tarot Card Reader. Her specialties range from helping people with broad goals such as accepting change, life planning, and personal balance, to specific goals like gaining motivation and overcoming issues such as procrastination, excess stress and self-sabotage.