The Daily Paint-a-Thon continues with a many-layered sweetheart named Kiki. This piece is another paint over, with the prior piece underneath adding some delicious texture and primitive roughness. Once again, I love this piece so much more repainted.
So I am continuing to practice training my thoughts. Now they require much more persistence than training a dog or even a dolphin, I believe. My thoughts will not respond to repeated offerings of treats, for example. Instead they will tackle me immediately with "you don't need that piece of (insert yummy treat name here), you need more exercise." Right away, treats give control back to my negative nellie. My thoughts also don't respond well to negative reinforcement, such as denying me said treats. They will, instead, tell me how it is exactly what I deserve, and why I should not expect treats ever.
How do you train a stubborn brain? My inspiration for solving this problem came from the news.
Whenever I see news headlines or hear the stories at the top of the hour, I am immediately tense, stressed, worried and sometimes downright frightened. It is an effective way for negativity to take over my thoughts AND my emotions, at least temporarily. I decided to hijack the headline news and use it for my own positive purposes. My morning journal pages have now become MAJOR NEWS HEADLINES OF OUTLANDISH POSITIVITY! Think I am crazy? Maybe so, but give it a try. Write yourself a morning news headline. Something like "FLORIDA WOMAN CONQUERS NEGATIVITY WITH NEWS HEADLINES" or have more fun with "MOOSE SIGHTING IN SOUTH FLORIDA - CROWDS LAYER THE STREETS WITH TASTY TREATS AND STOP TRAFFIC FOR MOOSE SAFETY WHILE SINGING IN PERFECT HARMONY"...you can do this, right? Maybe your headlines are more like "ICE CREAM CURES EVERYTHING! UNLIMITED ICE CREAM FOR ALL!"
All I know is this: after writing and reading a couple of outlandish morning news headlines, I am smiling and ready to start my day with positive thoughts. And my brain, so thoroughly entertained, didn't even realize it was being trained.
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