Shutting Off the Mind

Do you find lack of concentration and distracting thoughts overwhelming, when you try to concentrate, meditate or follow any personal growth or spiritual growth technique?

Someone has recently asked me the following question:

“I was just wondering if it was common for people in a sense to get “worse” before they get better.  I’ve been doing so much reading and have started meditating and doing affirmations. I feel that I have been having a harder time shutting my mind off and almost feel a bit overwhelmed. Is this a normal part of the process? And when can I expect things to improve?”

When starting with meditation, affirmations or other inner growth methods, people sometimes seem to experience more acutely their lack of control over their mind. They feel more strongly the lack of concentration and are unable shut the mind off. This is a common occurrence, and one should be patient and strong enough not to give up.

Why does this happen?

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The State of Economy and Positive Attitude

It is a well-known fact that when the state of economy is good, one has a satisfying and well paying steady job, one feels good and tends to be happier and more relaxed.

On the other hand, when the state of the economy looks bleak and unpromising, and one is jobless and lacks money, there is a tendency to think and feel negative about everything. There is no happiness and no inner peace.

Examine people’s attitude toward anything, and you will discover that is very much affected by circumstances and situations. It is so easy to accept negative thoughts in harsh circumstances and see everything crumbling down.

If your life now is not what you want it to be, and you constantly think how bad the situation is, you keep hammering these thoughts into your subconscious mind. This makes you believe that there is no way out. Your inability to stop thinking and focusing on your current situation makes it look worse than it really is, stifles creativity and initiative, draws negative thinking and self pity, and increases the chances of making reality much worse.

Being negative, crying over what you have lost and expecting lack and difficulties will not make things better.

The secret of change and improvement is a change of attitude!

Your positive attitude can change your financial condition, in spite of national or global economic conditions.

Acquiring a positive attitude is most important, even if it might not be so easy when your job is at risk, or when don’t have a job. You have to act as the gatekeeper of your mind and refuse entrance to thoughts about self-pity, failure and lack, and let in only thoughts about success and growth.

You might say that it is like cheating yourself, but it looks this way only in the beginning. Before long, your subconscious mind will accept the new reality you are creating in your mind, and will work overtime to make it be true, if only you let it, and don’t revert to negative and pessimistic thinking.

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Don’t Give Power to Negativity

Thoughts and feelings of anger, pain, dissatisfaction, revenge and violence are being constantly released into the earth’s atmosphere. All of these thoughts and feelings are repeated over and over again, day after day, producing currents of emotional and mental energy, which get stronger and stronger, becoming a mighty force, which tends create similar conditions on … Continue Reading…

You Can Change Your Attitude

Are you happy with your life?
Are you satisfied with what is going in your life?

If things go wrong, do you express angry and impatience?
If things go wrong, do you let your anger boil inside you?

Can you accept what cannot be changed, but do your best to change what can be changed?

Plans, expectations and desires don’t always turn out as expected, but this should not be a cause for unhappiness, dissatisfaction or resentment. Right thinking, planning, patience and a positive frame of mind can ensure a greater chance of success, and therefore more happiness and satisfaction.

Much in life is a matter of attitude, and attitude can be changed and improved. You don’t have to let your habitual way of thinking dictate your attitude. You don’t have to let subconscious habits make you suffer or behave and act in ways that are detrimental for you.

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Clarifying Misunderstandings About Willpower

By Remez Sasson

I have read articles about willpower that describe it as a sort of temporary burst or spurt of desire or motivation. I have also found articles that discredit and reject it as a myth or nonsense. I disagree with these description and definitions, because willpower as I know it, is something completely different.

Sometimes, due to anger, dissatisfaction or some other emotion one manifests some degree of willpower, and then he is temporarily capable to do things that ordinarily he does not or cannot do. True willpower is something different. You cannot rely for inner strength on temporary flashes of emotion or motivation. You need something more permanent and reliable, which you can count on in times of need.

This power has nothing to do with clenching your fists, holding your breath and straining your body. It is not a physical power, but an inner power. When well developed, it can turn into a habit, and be manifested whenever required for any length of time.

Willpower is an ability, a skill that can be developed and strengthened like any other skill. It is like learning to speak a foreign language, and then being able to speak it whenever you need it. It is like exercising your body, which then makes you healthier and stronger and able to do things that require physical strength.

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How to Overcome Laziness

Do you, like most people feel lazy sometimes? It could be just a momentary feeling of laziness, or it could be a habitual state. You might feel lazy in relation to certain particular activities, but motivated in relation to other activities. What is laziness? It is a state of lack of energy, lack of desire … Continue Reading…