BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 by Justine Toms in SMALL PLEASURES, FINDING GRACE IN A CHAOTIC WORLD

“How do I start to make a new practice in my life? Here’s what I’ve come up with. First, I need to become aware of the moments when I’m in my worry mode, those times when my brain is spinning out its tale of how bad things are, and how they have always been bad, and how they will most likely continue to be bad.

As soon as I’m conscious that I’m running the worry channel, I switch it – just like clicking a TV remote – to the gratitude channel, and ask myself what I am grateful for in that moment. I change my focus…Try this simple technique for yourself: When you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, just change the channel.

Does it help? Are you more relaxed? Are you happier? When is it most difficult? If you remember to turn a life-negating thought to a life-supporting one at least once a day, you are on your way to changing the habit. Merely noticing that you are in a gloomy state is a step in the right direction.”

Justine Toms, in “Small Pleasures, Finding Grace in a Chaotic World”

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