Usually associated with espionage, advertising, sale pitches, even campaigning politicians. Mind control— brainwashing undermines your sense of control over your thinking, behavior, emotions or decision-making.
What if toxic thinking is also brainwashing? Flooding your mind with negative thoughts. Producing chemicals that are physically, mentally and emotionally damaging.
An estimated 75% to 95% of illnesses are a direct result of toxic thinking. It also stimulates the pleasure and learning centers of the brain. Toxic thinking is as addictive as junk food, drugs and alcohol. Wow!
How can you stop toxic thinking? As with any addiction, one has to detox— kick the habit. In the case of toxic thinking, you must first identify what is a toxic thought. Although not an exhaustive list, these are some of the more common toxic thoughts.
I am a victim. You are not a victim! Stop blaming others or your circumstances for your problems.
I can change others. No, you can’t! You can accept them as they are or sever the relationship.
I am in total control of my life. No, you are not! Some circumstances are not under your control. Some things are what they are.
I will be (fill in the blank) if (fill in the blank). You ultimately determine the quality of your life. A life of excellence is not dependent upon others or material possessions. Believing this lie only leads to disappointment and unhappiness.
I am never wrong. Yes, you are. No one is perfect! No one possesses ALL the knowledge or wisdom needed for EVERY situation.
I know it is too late (fill in the blank). Until you and you alone wave the white flag of surrender. There will be more opportunities to change you or your circumstances.
I will play it safe. Passivity only leads to missed opportunities and regrets.
I will avoid discomfort and pain at all costs. The only path to transformation is to leave the familiar for the unfamiliar— to leave one’s comfort zone.
I am only human and cannot be expected to keep all my promises. Then do not make promises! When you fail to keep a promise it tells others, including yourself that you do not value their time or relationship.
Toxic thinking once ruled my life but no more. What changed? Me. I am no longer haunted by my childhood. Christ’s unconditional love healed my wounded heart. This transformation did not happen overnight. It required time and tears.
Now I daily choose to fill my mind with beauty and truth. I meditate on what is “honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think of things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Thanks for listening to my voice! Feel free to like and share it with your friends.
Have a great day! Rita
Be a VOICE in the deafening sound of sameness!