Our thought patterns develop as a result of our life experiences. The interesting thing is, it doesn’t take a large number of negative experiences to product negative thought patterns. If you are anything like me, you might consider your experiences normal, mundane and relatively positive over all. But truly we all have patterns that do not serve us, and they get in there somehow. The sneaky truth about the mind is, negativity can come from anywhere, but so to can positivity. The mind is like play-doh, malleable, and really easy to transform into something magnificent.
You might be asking yourself, yeah but how?
Well it’s really pretty simple, did you know, you can actually change the content and focus of your mind with gratitude? It’s true, learn more about it in the video above. In scientific terms, the Neuro-pathways of the brain can be trained to respond the way you want them to.
Picture the training this way, 5 pairs of people play catch stand at intervals of 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 feet apart. If we were to assume that all “throwers” release the ball at the same time, with the same force, and the ball moves at exactly the same speed with the same accuracy, you can assume the pair that are 5 feet apart, would catch the ball first. But what if, in playing catch, you were to choose which “catchers” were paying attention, and which ones were not. What if you decided only the pair 25 feet apart were tuned in, and each time a ball was caught the pair each took a step in, and each time a ball was dropped the pair took a step back? In this scenario, in a relatively short period of time, the 25 feet apart pair, actually end up closest together. Now lets go back to Neurotransmitters and Neuropathways. Each time a neuro-connection is made, the pathway strengthens, and as it strengthens the synapsis move closer to each other and that is what creates this shift in thoughts and emotions.
For more examples, that don’t make your head spin, check out my video.
Now in terms of gratitude, the more you become attuned to gratitude, the more the gratitude pair of players “pay attention”, the more the mind develops mastery of this style of thinking and the neuro-chemicals released support these emotions, the better you get at it, the more automatic it becomes.
Don’t believe me? Go on and give it a try. There is a really simple exercise I like to use.
For the next 30 days, write down 3 things you are grateful for every day. The more specific the better. In no time, like stepping forward because you make a catch, your automatic emotional response becomes one of gratitude. When you see gratitude everywhere you look, the old negative thinking patterns of the past, seem less and less powerful as you move forwards.