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HOW TO GET THE ANTs OUT OF YOUR HEAD :)

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Don't Let ANTs Have Space in Your Head!

{ Hey loves, just a little prologue: this is what I did to change my negative thoughts to positive thoughts today. I’ve got to thank Carol Pandola for the awesome teachings at bible study this summer. The tools she’s provided the ladies are invaluable for our growth in Christ. Have I told anyone lately that I have the GREATEST friends God could provide? Have a blessed and beautifully thought out day my loves!♥ }

A.N.T. s are cynical, gloomy and complaining thoughts that cause damage in one’s life. Many believe that mental and physical illnesses begin with negative thoughts. The bible says that “As a man thinks, so he is.”. So how far off is the concept that our thoughts can heal our bodies, or the opposite, our thoughts will make us ill. This concept that thoughts, positive and negative have a literally physical affect on the body is nothing new and scientists and physicians are rounding the corner again and considering the mind and the body as two parts of a functioning being.

Lets go one step further, though. Christianity believes (knows) we are triune beings being made up of three parts: Spirit, Body and Soul (mind).

Where religion or spirituality, science and medicine agree is that all parts must function for the whole to be well. Wholeness, wellness, can only be attained when the spirit, body and mind of a man are cared for with equal and positive life practices.

Remember what your mother always said, and there are many!

“You are what you eat.” This is true for anything at all one puts into the body, through the mouth, ears, and eyes. We figuratively and literally eat what we come into contact with.

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Now mom told us this to teach us manners, or did she? What we speak, we create. Further, what we think, we create. Every act, good or bad, life or death, begins with a thought. Premeditation. Maybe, just maybe, mom knew that if we said something not nice, we were at second base on our way to a bad decision or act.

We could go on, but you see where this is going…

For some reason it is easier, seemingly more natural, for humans to think negatively. Whether it’s nature or nurture is for the professors to debate, for us the reality is we must stop the negative thinking to improve our lives, our environments and ourselves.

Ever notice how when one succeeds at improving something in a life, everything and everyone in the immediate vacinity seems to have improved.

Well, as Raymond Holliwell teaches in his work: Working with the Law~11Truth Principles for successful living, we must change our minds to change our lives.

How do we do this? One must accept, first, that one’s thoughts are real and have marked affect upon one’s life and body.

In an ezine article by Diane Strausser, MSS, LISW; adapted from the work of Dr. Daniel G. Amen’s: Seven Ways To Optimize Your Brain and Your Life, we find the concept of A.N.T.s defined.

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ANTs are cynical, gloomy and complaining causing depression and fatalistic attitude.

Realize that your thoughts are real:

o You have a thought

o Your brain releases chemicals

o An electrical transmission goes across your brain

o You become aware of what you’re thinking

The importance of becoming conscious and intentional is vital to your growth as a human being.

Nine categories of ANTS:

1. Always/never thinking: thinking in words like always, never, no one, everyone, every time, everything.

2.Focusing of the negative: seeing only the bad in a situation

3. Fortune-telling: predicting the worst possible outcome

4. Mind reading: believing that you know what others are thinking even though they haven’t told you.

5. Thinking with your feelings: believing negative feelings without ever checking them out.

6. Guilt beating: thinking in words like should, must, ought or have to.

7. Labeling: attaching a negative label to yourself or to someone else.

8. Personalizing: investing innocuous events with personal meaning.

9. Blaming: blaming someone else for your own problem.

Think about the ANTS at your picnic, your life. Write down some of the phrases or sentences, the messages you have given or heard that created difficulty for you. Look at the nine and choose the ones that you really need to notice. The ones that jump out at you.

The first way to catch them and correct them is to notice them and challenge them. Whenever a negative thought goes unchallenged, your mind believes it and your body reacts to it.

And, the way to kill it is to talk back to it and to counter it:

1. notice it

2. write it down

3. talk back to it

Now take the next 10 minutes to notice, write and talk back. Make two columns on your paper and write the ANT in the first column and the response in the column next to it.

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To enjoy life more abundantly, like the bible tells us we can, we must change our way of thinking.

This is a personal choice each of us make, one way or the other, each day. Being accutely aware of our thoughts will most definitely have an affect on the quality of our lives, the wellness of our bodies and the richness of our spirit.

The bible clearly instructs in Philippians 4:8-9 (message):

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”

We must choose an ANT free environment to enjoy God’s most excellent harmonies!

What are you thinking about today loves? 😉

 

 

resources:

Dr. Daniel G. Amen: Seven Ways To Optimize Your Brain and Your Life

Diane Strausser, MSS, LISW: ezinearticles.com/?ANTS—Automatic-Negative-Thoughts

Raymond Holliwell: Working With The Law~ 11 Truth Principles for Successful Living

Ant Photo Credit: Unknown, attained unblocked from google.

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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