12 Ways to Avoid Unhelpful Thinking Habits

12 Ways to Avoid Unhelpful Thinking Habits
Those annoying unhelpful thinking habits that we all have from time to time can be a real pain in the butt, and they never seem to be far away either.

They hide just around the corner and pop up when we least expect, reaching out and touching us on the shoulder, reminding us of impending doom or our feelings of inadequacy.

It’s good to remember that they are just thoughts. They’re created in that electric charged jelly-like thing that resides inside our skulls. They’re fleeting, transient and they’re not actually real. We only manifest them.

Nonetheless they can hold a powerful grip on us and our actions and they can be quite disconcerting.

What we must do is realise that we don’t have to surrender to them, or let them control us. We can take charge and rephrase them when they do arrive, it's the power of positive thinking.

Here’s a list of 12 common unhelpful thinking habits and a few positive pointers beneath each to make you think differently about them instead.


1. Mental Filter


When we notice only what the filter allows or wants us to see. We dismiss anything that doesn’t ‘fit’. It’s like looking through dark blinkers or gloomy specs, only catching the negative stuff, while anything more positive or realistic is simply disregarded.

Ask yourself: Am I only noticing the bad? Am I filtering out the positives? What would be more realistic? Or, can I simply be more optimistic?


2. Judgements


Making evaluations or judgements about events, ourselves, others or the world in general rather than describing what we actually see and have evidence for.

Think instead: I’m making an evaluation about the situation or person. It’s how I make sense of the world, but that doesn’t mean my judgements are always right or helpful. Is there another perspective?


3. Prediction


Believing we know what’s going to happen in the future. That’s one of my favourites, suddenly, we have magic powers and can predict all future outcomes. We clearly can’t!

Take pause: Am I thinking that I can predict the future? How likely is it that might really happen?


4. Emotional Reasoning


I feel bad so it must be bad. I feel anxious so I must be in danger, that sort of thing. It’s the natural fight or flight reflex we’ve inherited from our ancestors which was useful to them when they lived in a world of different dangers, like being prey to wild animals or at risk of attack from barbarians. In the modern world, this reflex can be quite unhelpful, not to mention exhausting.

Think: My feelings are just a reaction to my thoughts, and thoughts are just automatic brain reflexes.


5. Mind-reading


Another classic, it goes hand in hand with predicting the future. We are telepathic and can read everybody else’s minds; it’s another super power straight out of X-Men! It’s not the same as empathising with another human being as that is a useful skill, it’s assuming we know what others are thinking (usually something negative about us).

Rephrase: Am I assuming I know what others are thinking? What’s the evidence? These are my own thoughts, not theirs. Is there another, more balanced way of looking at it?


6. Mountains and Molehills


Why do we do it to ourselves? The world is going to end because I’m running late for a meeting, I fell out with my brother so he’s never going to speak to me again, or my child misbehaved again so now she’s going to turn out to be a criminal.

It’s basically exaggerating the risk of danger or the negatives. Minimising the odds of how things are most likely to turn out, or reducing the awareness of positives.

Take a fresh look: Am I exaggerating the bad stuff? How would someone else see it? What’s the bigger picture?


7. Compare and Despair


Seeing only the good and positive aspects in others and getting upset when comparing ourselves negatively against them. This is completely counterproductive! You’re unique and have your own gifts, comparing yourself to others is as pointless as comparing apples to bananas.

Step back: Am I doing that ‘compare and despair’ thing again? What would be a more balanced and helpful way of looking at it? What are my gifts and strengths?


8. Catastrophising


Imagining and believing that the worst possible thing will happen. It’s quite an unrealistic place to be, and very unhelpful. Always believing the worst is disempowering too.

Think instead: What’s most likely to happen? And if the worst does really happen, can I cope and accept the consequences?


9. Critical Self


Putting ourselves down, self-criticism or blaming ourselves for events or situations that are not totally our fault or responsibility.

More helpful: Would most people who really know me say that about me? Is this something I’m truly at fault or responsible for? If not, park it. It’s out of your control.


10. Black and White Thinking


Believing that something or someone can only be good or bad, right or wrong rather than anything in between (as us complex, contradictory humans are).

Remind yourself: Things aren’t either totally black or totally white, there are shades of grey. Where is this on the spectrum?


11. Shoulds and Musts


Thinking or saying ‘I should’ (or shouldn’t) and ‘I must’ puts pressure on ourselves and sets up unrealistic expectations.

Take another view: Am I putting more pressure on myself or setting up expectations of myself that are impossible? What would be more realistic?


12. Memories


Current situations and events can trigger upsetting memories, leading us to believe that the danger is here and now rather than in the past, causing us distress in the present.

It’s better to realise: This is just a reminder of the past. That was then, this is now. Even though the memory makes me feel upset, it’s not actually happening again right now.

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How to Use Aromatherapy to Heal Your Mind and Body

How to Use Aromatherapy to Heal Your Mind and Body
Aromatherapy is an alternative therapy that uses plant materials and aromatic compounds, otherwise known as essential oils, to provide therapeutic benefit. These oils and compounds can help improve mood, cognitive functioning and help you relax.

The theory behind aromatherapy is that some essential oils are said to have healing effects. Some evidence supports the hypothesis that essential oils have therapeutic potential.

Our noses are very powerful, you’ve probably found that scent can trigger all kinds of emotions e.g. nostalgia. A simple whiff of a smell you remember from childhood can transport you instantly back to that time!


Used Since the Dawn of Time


The use of aromatic oils has been around for centuries, and many ancient people believed that aromatic therapy was extremely useful.

Distilled essential oils have been used as a form of medicine since the invention of the distillation process in the 11th century when steam distillation was first used.

In fact, aromatherapy dates as far back as 400 BC. The Egyptians used plant oils for spiritual and cosmetic purposes, and they also used it to embalm the dead. In the Bible, the use of oils is well documented with oils, such as myrrh, olive oil and frankincense being used extensively.


Description of a Typical Session



  • Aromatherapy is often combined with practices like massages or facials.

  • You might be asked to lay on a table for the session. Essential oils or fragrances, which are of a therapeutic grade to help you overcome ailments, are then applied.

  • Essential oils may be delivered by aerial diffusion, inhaled directly or applied topically via skin care or massage.

  • Aromatherapy is often used as a supplemental treatment and is combined with massage therapy, reflexology or other types of treatments.

  • Essential oils are typically diluted with some kind of carrier oil for topical application, such as olive oil, coconut oil or even jojoba oil.

Some of the Benefits of Aromatherapy



  • Essential oils are said to effective for a whole range of conditions, including as a psychological mood booster, decongestant, respiratory reliever, energy enhancer, improvement of short-term memory, relaxation, hair loss prevention and even reduction of eczema-induced itching and other skin conditions.

  • Lemon oil is said to be good for stress relief and as a mood booster.

  • Oils, such as lavender and jasmine, are known for their anti-anxiety properties.

  • Oils, such as peppermint oil, can help relieve headaches and stomach complaints, and lavender is known for its calming effect.

  • Tea tree oil has wonderful astringent properties and eucalyptus oil is a natural antibacterial and antimicrobial.

Possible Side Effects


As with most health treatments there are possible side effects, especially if not used correctly or by a person who isn’t qualified. Here are a few of them:

  • There may be a few safety concerns because essential oils are highly concentrated.

  • They can irritate the skin if not diluted or used properly.

  • Some oils may have negative interactions with conventional medicines so you need to be aware if other medications are in play.

Physical and Psychological Benefits


Aromatherapy has many diverse uses:


Physiological




Health and Beauty Aid



  • Essential oils have been used in health and beauty for centuries to smooth the skin and beautify the hair.

  • They can also be used as a laundry additive.

  • They can even be used to repel bugs as in the usage of citronella.

  • Essential oils have been used to create fragrant butters and lotions and other types of products for many years.

Oils can be combined to help create a more powerful effect as well. Essential oils may work well for those who enjoy this kind of therapy and there is no harm trying them if you haven’t had any success with more conventional medicines. Just make sure you go to a fully trained professional!


Is It Worth a Try?



Aromatherapy has a long history and it can help you in many ways. Essential oils can relax the mind and rejuvenate the body. They have such a wide range of purposes and you can use them as part of a balanced lifestyle to promote your health and well being.

It’s entirely up to you if you want to give it a go, but if you have ailments that you haven’t been able to clear up for some time then aromatherapy could be just what you’re looking for.

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How To Stop Negative Thinking

Carrie Rad is one of life's true legends and this video on stopping negative thinking is a must see. In her own words to describe the video:

How To Let Go Of Negative Thoughts! Here are 7 simple and healthy habits to stay positive. These practices will help you to become the best version of yourself. Creating healthy habits will help you to get into a self care routine without even having to think too much about it. The more we allow ourselves to experience wellness and a healthy lifestyle we can start enjoying a fuller life.

I love her accessible style and breaking it down into simple steps makes this video really useful and easy to apply the techniques in your own life. Enjoy!



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5 Tips to Understanding Your Dreams

5 Tips to Understanding Your Dreams
Dreams can help you clarify your thoughts and emotions, help you solve problems and unlock your innermost thoughts and desires.

Many people are fascinated by dreams. I know I am so I wanted to find out more about them. I dream vividly most nights, I remember some of them come the morning but I know I’m forgetting lots of them too.

There are many different schools of thought as to what dreams’ purpose actually is. Scientists describe dreams as a mix of physiology, neurobiology, cognition and information processing.

On the other hand, some describe dreams as no more than a spontaneous, self-activation of the brain during sleep. So who is right?


What is Dream Interpretation?


If you’re a believer that dreams provide meaning and are not just random outcomes from a brain simply activating automatically during sleep, then dream interpretation is worth looking at.

  • Dream interpretation allows you to analyse and understand the hidden messages that your dreams are sending you.

  • Dream interpretation is all about taking the images and symbols you see in your dreams and finding meaning from them.

  • Some people see dreams as a version of precognition.

Different Types of Dreams


There are several types of dreams and ways of interpreting them, I have covered a few:


Lucid Dreams


Lucid dreaming is a state in which the dreamer is actually aware and conscious of the fact that he or she is dreaming. Most people have at least one experience in their life where they feel as if they are lucid dreaming.


Carl Jung and Jungian Dreaming


Carl Jung, a psychologist, initiated the concept of the collective unconscious. Jung saw dreams as more than just a personal message; he saw them as a universal message that might be communicated through archetypes or patterns of experience common to humanity.


Tibetan Dream Yoga


Tibetan Buddhism and Taoism see the world as no more than an illusion or a dream itself. They view the dream state as no more than another transitional state of illusion.


Five Ways to Carry Out Dream Interpretation


Do you find when you wake you can’t remember your dreams? It’s common to do this, sometimes the odd dream seems to stick and you remember it vividly for the rest of the day.

However we forget most of our dreams so I’ve put together some tips for not only remembering them but gaining some understanding about what they could mean:

  • Form a habit of recalling your dreams upon waking by keeping a dream journal. With practice, you will slowly train your brain to remember dreams easier.

  • Date your dream entries, and look for recurring patterns and symbols for greater understanding.

  • Tell yourself when you go to sleep that you will remember your dreams, and sooner or later, you will begin remembering them.

  • Use your dreams to solve problems by posing a question to yourself before going to sleep and asking your dreams to provide you an answer.

  • Use your dreams to heighten your creativity and imagination by using the symbols to help you create things. This might come in handy if you are an artist, a writer or even an engineer.

Dreams are often a gateway to those secrets held within, so cultivating an understanding will go a long way to discovering who you truly are deep down.


The Top 5 Most Common Dreams


What are the most common dreams? You’ll find they are consistent across humanity, here are the top 5:

1. The most common dream by far is the dream of being chased, which means that there is some issue you want to confront, but lack the confidence to do so.
2. The second most common dream is your teeth falling out, which might mean you are experiencing self-doubt.
3. The third most common dream is not being able to find the bathroom, which could mean that you are continually looking after the needs of others rather than yourself, ignoring your most basic needs.
4. Being naked in public comes next. Being naked might indicate that you feel vulnerable.
5. The fifth most popular dream is feeling unprepared for an exam, which could indicate you are judging yourself too much.

There are also dreams of flying and falling. Many people experience the dream of flying, which may mean you are freeing yourself from something that is holding you back. Flying can also be a sign that you feel in control or on top of a situation.

If you are falling, you may need to just relax and learn how to let go, or you may be experiencing bouts of insecurity.


Dreams Can Give Valuable Clues to Your Life


Dreams happen during REM or rapid eye movement sleep. In a typical night, you may dream for about two hours, broken up by the various stages of the sleep cycle.

Dreams may be the brain's way of consolidating memories using the sleep cycle to reorganise and review the day's events. Or they can provide deeper meaning to your life and your place in the world.

Recording your dreams upon waking can give you valuable clues to what your dreams are trying to tell you. In the end, dreams are a succession of images, ideas, emotions and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.

They can last anywhere from a few seconds to as long as 20 minutes. Recording and seeking to understand your dreams can go a long way to helping you better understand yourself.

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How to Ascend To Your Higher Self

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Searching for Your Higher Self?
Your higher self is the essence of you. It is the real you or your total soul consciousness. It completes you and is in possession of your soul contract. It is like having access to your own instruction manual or help centre.

When you access your higher self, you can get the answers you need. You are always connected to your higher self, and you might think of it as your voice of reason.

She has all of the answers to all of the dilemmas and problems you experience in life. The higher self has a plan he or she is working off of, and if you can connect with your higher self, you can catch a glimpse of this plan.

Your higher self watches over you continually.

However, because you have free will, you often veer from this plan. When you find yourself off-track on the course of your life, your higher self can help redirect you.

What Is Your Higher Self?



  • The higher self may have orchestrated your parents’ connection or even planned some of the struggles you have experienced in this life.

  • It is like your intuition or your inner GPS system.

  • It is always available for you to access, but you may forget to use it.

4 Ways You Can You Connect to Your Higher Self


In essence, you are already connected to your higher self; you just don’t realise it. There are a myriad of ways you can connect to it, here are the 4 best ways:

  1. Try listening with your senses. Listen for little voices of intuition or reason. Try visually connecting with your higher self by imagining what he or she looks like. You could even imagine what his or her touch would feel like.

  2. Journaling; this is a great way to get in touch with your higher self. Simply ask yourself a question in your mind or write the question down and ask your higher self for the answer. You may receive flashes of insight or be guided to start writing something.

  3. Meditating is a great way to get in touch with your higher self because meditation allows your mind to slow down enough so that you can make this connection.

  4. Visualise – Imagine yourself walking in a beautiful garden or other relaxing place having a conversation with your higher self.

What Can My Higher Self Help Me With?


Your higher self may take many forms. He or she may look like an older, wiser version of you or he or she may look completely different.

There is no right or wrong appearance. But your higher self can help you with just about ANYTHING!

Anytime you feel like you have gotten off track, your higher self can help steer you in the right direction.

You may feel strange at first communicating with your higher self, but once you establish this connection, it can feel like a lifeline.

It's Up To You


Your higher self wants you to be happy and to feel connected. Your higher self is intimately aware of the lessons and goals you have come here to learn, and he or she will ultimately push you toward them.

Your higher self holds all of your secrets and strengths; all you need to do to access these is to reach out in faith.

You can establish a connection with your higher self by stating something simple like, “Higher self, please establish a connection with me; I will be open to whatever way you choose to present yourself.”

Then just be quiet and listen. When you are open to the higher self’s guidance, miracles will begin to unfold in your life.

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Self Help Books You Can't Live Without

One of the most important dimensions of good personal growth is feeding your mind with positive educational material.

Here are four of the most power-packed self-help books I've ever read.

I recommend that you get a hold of all of them and make a lifetime commitment to reading and studying them.

I say this because every time you read each of these books, you'll discover a new piece of wisdom and notice a change in your character, actions and results.

"Success Principles" by Jack Canfield


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"Success Principles" is like the Encyclopedia Britannica of personal development. Every dynamic of personal growth is covered in great detail within this book.

This makes it a perfect reference when you're looking for a detailed and in-depth explanation of success principles, from those spiritual in nature to those which are more down-to-earth and practical.

Reading this book straight through might not be as beneficial as using it as a reference tool.

However, if you're looking for something which covers it all in as much detail as possible, or if you're looking for fresh ideas to accelerate your personal growth, "Success Principles" is the perfect resource.


 2. "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill


think and grow rich napoleon hill

"Think and Grow Rich" is the result of the most detailed and diverse study of successful people in history.

The author, Napoleon Hill, spent over a half a century studying people like Thomas Edison, Dale Carnegie, Henry Ford, JD Rockefeller and dozens of others.

"Think and Grow Rich" is also believed to be responsible for the making of more millionaires than any other book in history.

It covers 13 progressive principles which, if applied and practised consistently, can do more than help you to get what you really want. They can empower you to make lasting changes in your own character which will empower you to naturally attract success and keep it.

"Think and Grow Rich" (which was written in the 20's and sold over one million copies BEFORE the end of the Great Depression) is also available in a 20th-century version, which includes updated language and dozens of examples from entrepreneurs who have used the 13 principles successfully.


 3. "The 8th Habit" by Dr. Steven Covey


The 8th Habit by Dr. Steven Covey

"The 8th Habit," by the master leadership expert Dr. Steven Covey, is like "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" on steroids.

Covey provides the most clear-cut and compelling reasons why leadership in the information age will require a completely different approach than that of the industrial age.

If you're in search of the most complete solution for affecting personal change, making a positive influence on others and fulfilling your life's purpose as a leader, "The 8th Habit" is second to none.

While "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" is a great read as well, you can get all of the benefits of the seven habits and so much more by purchasing "The 8th Habit" and making a lifetime commitment to devouring the materials in it.


 4. "The 4-hour Workweek" by Timothy Ferris


The 4-hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris

"The 4-hour Workweek" is the perfect companion to "The 8th Habit" and could easily be considered the manifesto for the entrepreneur of the information age.

Upon first hearing it, it might be tempting to think that the title is "unrealistic."

However, Tim shares his personal story for how he accomplished his own 4-hour work week and creates a step-by-step explanation of how you can do the same thing.

The new and revised version provides a comprehensive and detailed guide for making the escape from the rat race of the "real world" into a life of adventure and fulfilment.

TIP: If you only read four books for the rest of your life, make it these four. Again, it's important to read them more than once, and that you continue to use them to make positive changes in your personal growth.

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Why You Should Create Positive Affirmations

Why You Should Create Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations are short, effective statements set in the present tense that reflect the state of mind or condition you wish to obtain. When said with confidence, they can help you achieve goals and overcome obstacles.

An affirmation works to reprogram your mind, helping you believe that you have already achieved your goal before you actually achieve it.

Affirmations can be very powerful because the subconscious mind does not differentiate between reality and imagination.

They help you replace self-defeating thoughts that can run through your mind if you allow them to.

Your Inner Critic


A lot of the time our thoughts are our own worst enemy. Affirmations work on the principle that you are whatever you continually think about.

So, if you are continually repeating in your mind that you aren’t good enough, or strong enough, or handsome enough...whatever basically. Your mind will eventually believe it and this will feed out into the state of your life.

Subconscious Thoughts


Subconscious thoughts happen automatically without us thinking much about them. Our brains are very clever little things, filtering out what it thinks we need or don’t need and then embedding memories deep down for easy access later.

The thing is they can sometimes be deeply unhelpful for us, programming us to think and act in certain ways by default.

Positive affirmations help us break with these habitual ways of thought and create new, more helpful and empowering ones instead.

Put simply, affirmations help you control your subconscious thoughts.

What Are Positive Affirmations?


  • They are short, but powerful statements.
  • When you say them, think them or repeat them in your mind, the thoughts become your new reality.
  • Even though they are conscious thoughts, they help reshape your unconscious mind - for the better!

Change Your Thoughts: Change Your Life


Affirmations can be used to help improve any area of life. They can help you succeed in business, in your personal life and even help you achieve better health. Affirmations can even be used to improve your wealth consciousness.

Your mind is very powerful. So if you constantly worry about say, that you will never have enough money, then those are the thoughts you put out into the universe and they will bounce back into your day to day reality.

Furthermore, The Law of Attraction states that like attracts like, so in order to change your life, you must begin by changing your thoughts.

If you are focused on what you don't want, then that is what you eventually keep drawing to you.If you are focused on what you do want, then you can begin moving toward a better life.

Here are some examples to help get you going…

Affirmations for Wealth


Affirmations for wealth and prosperity can be as simple as:
  • I am a success in everything I do.
  • I am a money magnet.
  • Money comes to me easily.
  • Everything I touch turns to gold.
  • I am prosperity.
  • I have all the money I need to live a prosperous life.

Affirmations for Good Health


Typical affirmations for health include:
  • I am getting better and better each and every day.
  • I am healthy and whole.
  • Good health is my divine right.
  • I enjoy perfect health.
  • My body is healing.

Affirmations for Confidence


Affirmations for confidence include:
  • Confidence comes easily for me.
  • I am confident and self-assured.
  • I deserve the best because I am the best.
  • I am beautiful and charming.
  • I have much to offer the world.
  • I am remarkable.

Affirmations Help Manifest Positive Change


Affirmations help you move toward the life you want to achieve. They can help you overcome limiting beliefs and unhelpful ways of thinking.

Your subconscious mind holds onto everything you have ever seen or experienced, so those hurtful statements said to you as a child can hold you back in life.

When you use affirming statements, you can redirect your energy and redirect the course of your life.

Positive affirmations are a way of focusing your energy on the helpful and positive instead of the dis-empowering and negative.

By repeating them in your mind or aloud several times a day, you begin to believe positive things are possible so you will act accordingly.

Finally, positive affirmations help change your energy, your focus and crucially: your life.

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How to Find Happiness

It's a common question but not easily answered: how to find happiness? People can spend their lives searching for this elusive state of being and still end up empty handed.

In Western culture people can spend inordinate amounts of money on "stuff" that they have to fund with extraordinary amounts of work and drudgery in order to "find" happiness.

It begs the question: is it worth it? And does it actually bring you true happiness?

This cracking short film highlights a rodent's unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment serves as a great parable of this futile way of life.

I found it quite sad in parts, it doesn't offer the answer to finding happiness; but it does vividly show how materialism and pill-popping don't work.

What does happiness mean to you?



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How to Live in The Present

This is a brilliant little video focusing on how to live in the present. Something a lot of people find impossible to do with their minds constantly tuned into either the past or future.

Experiencing satisfaction and happiness has a lot to do with living in the here and now, something the human brain has trouble working out. The brain is a work of wonder, but it operates in the limitless zone; rarely tying itself to the here and now.

I suppose, in evolutionary terms, it was useful to be able to calculate probabilities and the unpredictable, as it enabled early humans to survive and manipulate their environment for sustenance and safety.

In modern times though, this ability can sometimes prove unhelpful and debilitating. With the fretting that can go on in our heads about deeds done in the past or futures unwritten.

It's a good watch, not too long and quite insightful. Enjoy!


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Can You Improve Your Life By Trusting Your Instinct?

Can You Improve Your Life By Trusting Your Instinct?
How do you improve your life? There is a common cliché we've all heard that says, 'follow your heart' and there is also another mantra that says, 'follow your heart, but take your brains with you.'

But which one is the best path to take?

When you think from an intellectual perspective, you reason rationally or logically (brain). On the other hand, when you think from an intuitive perspective you reason from your perception or wisdom (gut).

In most cases, thinking intellectually collides with thinking intuitively. However, can you improve your life by completely trusting your gut instead of your brain? Keep reading to find out.

Right Brain vs. Left Brain


We all tend to lean towards using a dominant side of our brain when interacting with the world.

If you are right-brained, you will most likely be:

  • Creative

  • Intuitive

  • Highly sensitive

  • Thoughtful

If you are left-brained, you are most likely to be:

  • Rational

  • Intellectual

  • Analytical

  • Practical

Although one side of our brain will tend to dominate our behaviour, we all have access to both sides. However it's the right side we're interested in when talking about going with our gut. By focusing on the right side, so letting the left side fade into the background, we can tune in to our instinct and this is where the gold can be found.

Benefits of Trusting Your Gut


1. You have a higher chance of being successful compared to your intellectual counterparts.


A high percentage of the most successful people are not intellectuals. They are not the smartest people we know. Some of them even dropped out of school or couldn’t proceed to the next level because of failing to reach the bar.

However, at some point in their lives, they followed their instincts and took a risk. They may not have succeeded at the first or the hundredth attempt, but in the end, they can look back and say that they were glad they followed their guts.

2. You become empowered.


Thinking intuitively means that you are always looking for answers and solutions to problems around you. The feeling that all the answers lie within you brings about an air of satisfaction and contentment. You know that the key to landing that job or improving your relationship is in your hands, and this makes you happy.

3. You gain more confidence.


Following your intuition is your secret weapon. It can lead you to places you had never thought you could reach and improve your life. No matter how risky or hopeless it might seem, trusting your gut could be the beginning of the major breakthrough that you have been waiting for.


4. You effortlessly connect with your spiritual self


Many people have been in situations where they truly believe that a supreme being was guiding them, or saved them from an otherwise tragic outcome. An intuition is like an inner voice speaking to you.

It may not be analytical, and in most cases the suggestions might be irrational (or even insane), but that one bold move that you make at that critical time could be your defining moment. Listen to what your heart has to say, chase your dreams and let your gut surprise you.

Going With Your Gut to Improve Your Life


You need a combination of both the intellectual and intuition when making choices but not all decisions require you to think using the analytical or rational side of the brain.

Sometimes you just need to close your eyes and trust your instinct, it's alarmingly accurate! Some people wake up one day with a gut feeling and quit their 9 to 5 jobs, only to end up owning the company.

With your gut, everything doesn’t have to make sense. When things work out in the end you will look back and thank your intuition for helping you make the best decision of your life.

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Simple Ways to Develop a Spiritual Identity or Practice

Simple Ways to Develop a Spiritual Identity or Practice
There are many ways to develop a spiritual identity or practice.

Spirituality means something different for everyone and is a deeply personal pursuit, but it can give your life meaning and purpose and give you significant strength and support.

I will reveal how you can get in touch with your spiritual side so that you can find your own place of peace.


What is Spirituality?


  • It is essentially the search within for one’s own inner truth.
  • Spirituality is separate from religion and involves a blend of humanistic psychology, mystical and even esoteric traditions.
  • Some might say that the search for spirituality has to do more with one’s own personal well-being and development than it is religion.


How Can It Help You?


  • The pursuit of a spiritual identity can give your life meaning and purpose.
  • Creating and nurturing a spiritual life can help you both emotionally and physically.
  • Developing a spiritual practice and identity can help you get answers to life’s most challenging questions.


What is the Difference between Spirituality and Religion?


While people often intermingle spirituality and religion, the religious path is not the only path for developing a spiritual practice and identity. As I stated above, spirituality means something different for everyone.

For one person, it might mean attending church regularly. For someone else, it might mean getting in touch with his or her spiritual side through practices like meditation, quiet reflection, taking long walks or even engaging in a practice like yoga.


6 Benefits of Developing a Spiritual Identity


1. Developing a spiritual practice can help you grow and change as a person.

2. Growth is inherently challenging, no matter how you look at it, but doing an intentional daily ritual to help you develop your spiritual identity can help mould and shape you into a better person.

3. Having a deep-rooted spiritual identity can help you better manage stress and anxiety.

4. It can bring you great peace and solace.

5. You can improve your health and well-being.

6. When you develop your spiritual identity, you become more compassionate and empathetic.


How Can You Practise Spirituality?


There are many paths to developing a spiritual practice, and there is something for everyone. There are spiritual practices for the body, the mind, and the spirit.

Whether you get in touch with your spiritual side through chakra meditation, yoga, tai-chi or quiet contemplation doesn’t really matter. Above all, the point is to develop a spiritual practice to help give your life meaning and purpose.


What Spiritual Practices Are There for the Body?


Here are some:
  • Yoga
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Chakra balancing
  • Tai-chi
  • Fasting
  • Dancing
  • Qigong
  • Walking


What Spiritual Practices Are There for the Mind?


To name a few:
  • Meditation
  • Contemplation
  • Repetition of mantras
  • Reading spiritual passages
  • Affirmations
  • Confession
  • Writing in a journal


What Spiritual Practices Are There for the Spirit?


Plenty:
  • Singing hymns
  • Rituals
  • Prayer
  • Attending a church service
  • Prayer groups
  • Chanting
  • Any devotional effort or practice
  • Keeping a gratitude journal


Connection of Mind, Body, and Spirit


Spirituality transcends cultures and religions, and it can help you believe in something much greater than yourself. It connects you to another time and another place.

It can give you hope and bring you great joy because it can put you in touch with the beauty of your soul.

Developing a spiritual practice is a personal process, and it is a great way to help you connect to your own higher power. The activity is not as important as the feelings it evokes.

Some might find great solace in singing or painting, while others may choose to just sit quietly and reflect.

Whether you are a solitary practitioner or one who likes to join groups doesn’t matter.

It is that you find a way to re-balance your life and a way to give your life meaning, purpose, and hope.

Tapping into your spiritual identity can help you do that.

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