Monday, January 2, 2012

January: I Intend to Be Positive

Negativity = a bad, unwelcome, or unpleasant quality, characteristic, or aspect of a situation or person

I am starting my year of intentional thinking on a positive note and erasing negative thought. That being said, each morning I am going to remind myself of the following, I intend to be positive. The first moments of waking thought can have quite an impact on us and may set the mood for rest of the day, thus this intention gets the ball rolling.

Just how is this statement of intent going to erase my negative thinking? For the past 6 years I have focused on intention on a regular basis. This awareness has helped me understand my thinking in a way I have not experienced previously. Stating the intention first thing in the morning will help me become aware of my negative thinking throughout the day, and give me a chance to change how I react or respond. It really is quite interesting. I will find myself grumbling about something or other and before you know it I will catch myself thinking, "Wait a minute, negative thought⎯need to change right this moment!" Just bringing awareness to the thought gives me a chance to understand why I am thinking or feeling negative and then gives me the opportunity to do something about it. This mindfulness seems to  happen the more I continue to bring awareness to any negative thought⎯no matter how insignificant.

I will focus on the general intention, but I plan on being aware of anytime I might think or say the word⎯hate. I hate vacuuming. Actually, I don’t care to do it but I don’t hate it. I hate the negative “news” we get bombarded with. Essentially, I don’t care to hear about it over and over. I am not a hateful person and I personally despise the word hate, but it seems to surprise me from time to time, and surface in my thoughts or come flying out of my mouth.


I must not forget those silly little words we all use to refer to ourselves⎯oh you dummy, you did it again. Note the negativity towards self. If you find yourself feeding negative thoughts back to your brain, erase them this month and follow me as we carry the positive forward the rest of the year.

Photo courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt