By Johnny Carter, our client who is now a regular contributor for KarryOn.com.au where this piece first appeared –
No matter what, state of mind is everything. And, while ‘mental health’ has become somewhat of a buzzword, especially in light of the stresses, strains and mental illnesses that are presenting, for me, it’s vital to keep your life in balance to prevent these imbalances from occurring.
To achieve this, it’s important to adopt a genuinely positive mindset and start applying gym for your mind. Of course, this may sound easier said than done, especially if you are juggling family, career, households and various other commitments. By incorporating the following techniques, you can reprogram your subconscious mind and feel calmer, clearer and more productive. Not only are you fine-tuning your mind, you are also benefitting your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. But like anything, you need to be consistent with your practices to reap the rewards.
Refuel Sometimes we feel anxious, stuck, or lack direction or self-confidence. But when you are running on empty, there is a tendency to keep pushing ourselves even more because we are in that habitual ‘keep going, keep pushing’ mode, which becomes ‘keep suffering’. Your mind is like a fuel tank and you need to keep it topped up, especially with optimism.
If there is a lack of confidence, it’s because there is an emptiness there and you are trying to fill a hole. Instead, people tend to look for it in other areas such as alcohol, more relationships, more friends and more material possessions. But none of those actually fill it. So allow yourself to be alone, rest and really commune with your higher self to become whole.
Find Your True Purpose Working on your mindset helps you affirm what your true purpose is. It also helps you move towards expanding into greater and greater love. However, the ego is a big thing to deal with. Like my guru, Louix Dor Dempriey, says: “You are the only one on the planet who can change your reality at any point. There is no one to blame.” You’re not a victim of your circumstances and you need to keep reminding yourself of that.
Positive Affirmations These help remind you not to forget who you are. As humans are programmed to forget, affirmations deprogram that program to remember and awaken who you really are. That’s when joy, contentment and wellbeing start coming into your life. You can write affirmations and place them somewhere visible, plus say or sing them aloud.
For instance: “I can accomplish anything I put my mind to because I know I am never alone.” “I live in the present moment by being grateful for all my life experiences as a child.” “As I unclutter my life, I become free to answer the callings of my soul.”
Be Grateful Expressing gratitude for what you have experienced or already have is one of the best things you can do to reprogram your subconscious mind. One thing I do each night is recall (remember, it’s all about remembering) three positive things that have occurred that day and then be grateful for them. It’s about focusing on the positive, instead of dwelling on negatives. If you continue the latter, you’ll only have more despair.
Take a Deep Breath As adults, we forget how to breathe properly, unlike a baby which breathes through its belly. Start breathing deeply. It will help you relax and alleviate any anxieties. Meditate Daily This is important, even if it is for five or 10 minutes. It will help calm your mind, clarify your thoughts, and get your life purpose heading in the right direction. White Lighting Close your eyes and imagine breathing in pure white light from the ground upwards, all the way from your toes to your head so that it comes directly out at the top. Continue breathing in white and exhale black. It’s all about charging yourself with positive ions.
Triple Mantra Somewhat strange at first, yet highly effective, Triple Mantra is an ancient and powerful protection mantra that can be chanted for up to 11 minutes each day. Repeating these words out loud provide vibrations that release an energy, which it then brings back to you. See www.johnnycarter.com.au.