Do you ever find yourself watching something on TV that makes you feel so uncomfortable you change the channel? With just one click of a button you can find yourself in a calmer, more relaxed state. What if I were to tell you, you have the same power to do this with your own thoughts! An exercise our family likes to practice is called "Change the Channel". Whenever we find ourselves watering our weeds, (thinking/focusing on negative thoughts and emotions) it's time to change the channel and tune into a calmer state.
Our bodies come with a built in sensor to help notify us when we are experiencing these negative thoughts/emotions and those sensors are called feelings. Some feelings that alert us are: tight stomach, tense shoulders, short breathing, overall body tension, clenched fists, headache...the list goes on. The next time you experience any of these negative feelings, pay attention to your thoughts and change the channel. Find a positive thought, mantra or prayer to focus on to help you get to a calmer frequency.
According to the National Science Foundation, "an average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative and 95% are repetitive thoughts. If we repeat those negative thoughts, we think negative way more than we think positive thoughts."
Given how many thoughts we have in a day it may seem impossible to change the channel every time we are on a negative one. Finding that positive frequency is just like exercising, the more consistent you are, the more it becomes part of your daily routine.
Consider this particular exercise as another 'gardening tool' we can use to help our gardens grow healthy and strong. As gardeners, the more tools we have to pull our weeds and plant new seeds, the brighter our flowers will be!