If you’re fed up with feeling stuck on the ‘complaining train’ and want to FINALLY figure out how to retrain your brain to think happier thoughts – so you can feel happier emotions – then gratitude could be the most potent tool you could ask for. Discover why your Monkey Mind gets stuck in its grumpy thoughts how you could start retraining your brain – in the next five minutes.
What you think is just a habit.
“Just?!” I hear you yell 😉
It’s a habit. Our Monkey Minds tell us the stories that we have programmed them to tell us. Your brain listens to your ‘favourite’ thoughts (the ones you dive in and feed and keep feeding) and gives us more of them.
It makes sense, when you think about it. Your mind has to be a creature of habit, or you’d be constantly having to re-learn how to eat or breathe or talk.
And there’s a part of your brain responsible for filtering your experience of life – to prevent you from becoming totally overwhelmed by every tiny bit of information (e.g. air pressure fluctuations, the blood flow to the big toe on your left foot, checking whether your hair has remembered to grow). For those who like labels, it’s called the Reticular Activating System (RAS). This part of your brain intentionally functions on auto-pilot, so that you don’t need to keep reminding it to filter out the information you don’t consciously need to process.
This part of your brain takes its signals from our favourite thoughts and self-talk stories, to decide what to pay attention to.
If your Monkey Mind has a PhD in complaining and talking about what’s wrong (you’re in great company with the rest of us, if it does!), then the RAS is programmed to let examples that match our favourite thoughts through its filtering systems. So if you grumble a lot, you’ll notice more to grumble about.
Bummer. (Please excuse the word – but it kinda sums up that particular vicious circle!)
But it’s also great news!
You can use this to your advantage – right here, right now.
If you pause and spend a few moments thinking about things you feel grateful for, right now, you’ll instantly start reprogramming your Reticular Activating System’s filters.
As you spend time deliberately feeling grateful for life, you will being to notice more things to feel grateful for.
Over a short space of time, the tone of our thoughts shifts. Our actions change. Our relationships improve. Our cells rebalance and heal, improving our health. We start to see miracles taking place in the world around us.
And the more emotion you chuck behind your Gratitude, the faster this brain retraining will work.
Little and often works best!
Pause and take a minute, right now, to feel grateful for the good things in your life
Your brain is a creature of habit. If you do a “Gratitude Minute”, sprinkled throughout your day, you’ll make much faster progress than if you blitz it with 20 minutes, once a week.
Let me know how you got on!
Via the comments box, below… I’d love to hear how a Gratitude Minute helps you to create shifts?
How could you remind yourself to do this?
What are your top tips for others, to help them use gratitude to change their lives?
(And make sure you’ve got a place on my free Gratitude Kick Start course, if you want to make changes in the next 7 days!)
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And if you’d like to dive in and really retrain your brain to fill your world with Abundance and Gratitude, rather than complaining and stress, then you’ll love my 28 day “I Am Abundant!” programme. It’s currently half price, as part of my World Gratitude Day celebrations (but only until this weekend).
With love, Namaste,