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How to tame your negative thoughts


Denita Austin is a talented author, speaker, empowerment coach and yogini from Washington, D.C. While this defines what she does, the real experience with Denita is not truly appreciated until you are in her presence to experience who s...

Meditation can help you conquer your negative thoughts for good

How many voices do you have in your head? How do you determine who to listen to? It can be frustrating sometimes. Do I go left or right? Which decision should I make? Why and how come?  

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Everyone has their own way of sorting through their thoughts to make the best decision for themselves. There are so many interesting parts of our personality. Some aspects of our personalities change as we age, such as anxiety, friendliness, patience and eagerness. Our personality plays a major role in our lives such as the house you live in, your taste in music, your choice of friends and the list goes on and on.

The only answer I’ve come up with to calm the voices and different personalities is meditation. Meditation may not work for everyone; I only speak on things that have worked for me. Can you honestly sit quietly for 30 minutes? No cell phone, no TV, no radio and no noise? Just you alone with your thoughts. Take some time to calm your mind so that the right answer can come to you naturally. Try this for one week and watch the difference with your thought pattern. Trust me, this actually works. What do you have to lose if you try?

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Find a quiet place to calm your mind. The amount of thoughts that pass through our brain every day is amazing in itself. It's so easy to get side tracked and to lose focus. Meditation can help us clear our mind and allow us to put things into perspective. If you are a beginner, try meditating for 10 minutes. Trust me, it will make a difference in your day. Pull away from your desk and go to the park for some quiet time.

If we are overwhelmed with our thoughts, we can easily forget important tasks. Try to create a consistent plan that will work well with your daily schedule. Meditation may not be your thing, and that’s OK, however it’s important to find out what works for you. If you don’t try something new, you will never know. What do you currently do now that will keep you from being overwhelmed?

After years of meditation, I can honestly say that it has helped tremendously. This is still my go-to method for solving a lot of my problems.

When you feel overwhelmed or you are unable to make a decision due to the racing thoughts in your head, at least try something new and different. Meditation may be your answer, and you will never know unless you dive in head first. Once you are able to quiet your mind from the chatter, ask yourself where are the thoughts truly coming from and why are they so loud.

Don’t continue to go through life with unresolved issues that trouble your soul in the present. Eliminate all issues and focus on subject matters that are of priority. Our thoughts don't appear out of thin air. It may be from our past or a current situation. Sometimes, our thoughts linger from things that we need to get done or unresolved issues that we ran away from.

This will not happen overnight. It is up to you to do the work and take full responsibility of your future and what that outcome will be. It starts with you. I’m counting on you, so let’s begin your new transition today. Your first step is attending a meditation class or researching a few online for just 10 minutes.

You can do it!

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