As I have mentioned here many times before, I am fascinated by the degree to which our perceptions create our reality. I'm always on the look-out for new ways to build and reinforce that positive perspective.
This morning one approach occurred to me that is deceptively simple. Words. More specifically, actively bringing words into your mind that have a positive charge.
I have been listening to guided meditations lately. As I opened my eyes in a deeply grounded state from the one I was listening to this morning, my eyes scanned my living room. I have books everywhere, and positive words from various titles started leaping out at me. Possibility. Health. Life. Wisdom.
As i saw them, I thought, "Wow, these are powerful words to absorb."
And I started thinking, what if I didn't rely on a chance bouncing of the eyes to bring those words into my mind. What if I made an effort to actively plant and cultivate those words (and more importantly, the concepts associated with those words)?
Find words that have a positive charge
Try this: Make a list of words that have a positive charge for you. If you need some prompting, this is an excellent list. Here's a quick example that comes off the top of my head for me.
Pick words that really resonate with you. Words that have a charge. If you get intellectually that a word is positive, but it doesn't really have much spark for you, it probably doesn't belong on your list. There is no right or wrong to this. It's about finding words that have an impact for you personally.
Create a delivery system
Once you have a list of words, it's time to create a "positive word delivery system." That could take a number of different forms. For example:
Flash cards: Buy a stack of index cards and write one word per card to create positive charge flash cards. Make it part of your daily routine to pick a word from the deck and focus on it. Or make it something you do multiple times per day.
Wallet reminders: Cut paper into pieces double the size of a credit card. Fold it in half (so it is the size of a card), write a word on it, and fold it over your bank card, or driver's license, or whatever you take out regularly from your wallet.
Sticky words: Get some sticky notes and go through and write one positive word per note, without unsticking any of them. You can peel them off one at a time and put the word up where you can see it. Maybe that becomes your word-of-the-day.
Random word jar: Get a jar big enough to fit your hand into. Write the words on slips of paper and fill the jar with them. Every time you need a little positive perspective, reach into the jar and grab one.
Make positive words regular part of your day and start sculpting that positive perspective.
How about you? What words jump into your mind? How about the word delivery systems - any other ideas?
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