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Mother Teresa of Calcutta (26.8.1919-5.9.1997)...

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (26.8.1919-5.9.1997); at a pro-life meeting in 1986 in Bonn, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Almost everyone experiences the deep dark night of the soul.  Even Mother Teresa did.  It is hard to remain positive in this life when  so much bad happens.  Some say it is because of the devil.  These thoughts just creep into our mind often without any resistance.

You have more control over your thoughts than you think you do.  Do you often say, “I can’t help thinking that way.”  Depression can spread that way.  It is true bad things do happen.  Do we take these experiences and learn a lesson or go on just like we always have expecting the worst to happen again.

We all have an inner critic (more about that in a future post) and we sometimes let it run or ruin our lives.  Be kind to yourself.

Most people have a running stream of thoughts in our heads and we think we can’t turn it off.   They may be useless thoughts that accomplish nothing but make us feel worse.  They may be thoughts of catastrophe or doom and gloom.

Remember that these thoughts can not only make you miserable, they can effect other people.   Our inner critic can also do a number on other people whom we see and needlessly criticize in our head.  It is almost as addictive as playing nasty video games.

Meditation is one way of establishing a calm mind.  Another way is to constantly exchange good thoughts for bad ones.  Bad thoughts can only make you unhappy or mad and what do they accomplish?

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Negative Thoughts are Like Mosquitoes

Your Childs Self Esteem

Your Childs Self Esteem (Photo credit: ouvyt)

Negative thoughts swarm around you taking bites out of your confidence and self-esteem and preventing you from achieving success.  Thoughts like: “What makes you think people will like that?”  “Money is evil.”   “There is someone out there doing that already.  What makes you think you can do it too?”  “You’re not that smart or talented.”  It could go on for ever.  Where does it come from?  It comes from the unconscious where it hides until it comes out when it can do you the most harm.

We are born with little or no knowledge about ourselves and abilities so we often believe and incorporate into our identity the things that people tell us about ourselves such as,  “If you keep on doing that you are going to end up in jail,”  “Guys don’t make passes at gals who wear glasses,”  or “You’ll never learn to read (or swim or get married).”  “You’ll never get higher than a “B” in college,” which was one of mine, and I never got lower than a “B” in college.

What we think that we know about our world, other people,  many groups, and different religions etc. comes from what  we are exposed to as a child.  We may develop prejudices because of this.  This is opening an old womb; but what was said about African Americans before civil rights were established?  or even the Japanese Americans until after  World War II.   Negative thoughts like these  buzzing around in our heads prevent  us from being successful in our interaction with and understanding of others.

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