One of the most important things in mind healthiness is being economical with your energy; what kind of thoughts and subjects you give your brain time to be busy with. Some thoughts are poisonous, others are salubrious. But before you start the thought process, how do you know how it affects your mind? You feel like you need to think it through. But how do you let go of the subject before it might have a negative influence on your mind?
My mind doesn’t work in a such an organized way I can provide you with a ‘how to’ article about this. Neither is my father Dalai Lama. But I can give you an insight on how I manage to gain some sort of control over my mind, which results in happiness being way more dominant than depression, instead of the other way around. Years ago, I wasn’t sure this sort of mind practicing would lead to feeling happy everyday, but it did.
Although I’m gonna give you some tips, I want to make clear I actually believe you have to (learn to) practice your mind yourself and find out what works for you. Forget about google, forget about books, forget about Tao of whatever. Try to patiently find out yourself how to prevent your mind to be poisoned by your own thoughts.
There’s one main thing that concerns everyone: consciousness. It’s important to get aware of your thoughts and how they affect your mood. I’m sure this is even more important than the difficulty itself most of the times. Because with a healthy and happy mind, you will be able to cope with anything better anyway.
I feel like repeating it: get aware of how thoughts affect your mood. It’s great when you notice that you (accidentally) permitted negative thoughts – you’re getting more aware.
The thing what is often more hard, is to let go of actual thoughts. As said, I believe everyone has to find out themselves how to grow control over their thoughts. But something that frequently works for me is to instantly make a decision when you feel a certain thought produces stress in your body. Are you able to figure it out immediately? Perfect, take it and leave it, even if it’s still heavy loaded. Do you notice you’re getting stuck in the thought process? Let it go for now and trust another moment will come in which you can unriddle it more easily. I’m always surprised how things are solved so effortlessly when I approach them with a calm heart.
The jewelry brand Buddha to Buddha is one of those brands with a beautiful philosophy. They believe that a positive attitude contributes to a happier life. You know that I can’t agree more with them. I love when a jewelry piece gets me more aware of my thoughts and helps me to stay positive. The bracelet I’m wearing in the photos definitely does do the trick for me.
Editorial shot by Charlotte Faber in The Hoxton hotel in Amsterdam. This post is sponsored by Buddha to Buddha.
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Sophia is a web designer and blogger from Amsterdam. She jumps from one place to another every few weeks and takes you with her on all her travels. Be inspired by her free spirit.