Sometimes even those of us with the best of intentions, meditations, yoga practices, and religious or spiritual practices suffer from anxiety, obtrusive negative thoughts or thought patterns or that inner voice we think is our intuition but in reality is our monkey mind playing tricks on us. What can you do when this happens to you?
Try Pratipaksha Bhavana. What is this weird word you ask? Well it's a Sanskrit term in which Pratipaksha means "opposite" and Bhavana means "cultivation". This means replacing negative thoughts, feelings or anything that disrupts your mind with something positive or neutral. For example, if your mind is racing with thoughts of no one loves me, I'm all alone, I'm a failure etc. Pause and take a deep breath and start saying in your head or out loud I am awesome, I am loved, I am good enough, List all the people that love you. Do this every time those same thoughts arise and eventually they will no longer rise or rise less because you have replaced them with a positive one.
Why do I share this with you? Because I am human just like you. I am plagued with fears
and anxieties even when I know that God is always here with me. Today, I was reminded of that after being stuck inside for two days because I had the flu and my anxiety was at an all time high. I legit thought I was going to go crazy. I started to ask myself "what can I do?" and it came to me this term I had not used in months. I paused and took several breaths and said to myself you are an amazing person, you are loved and you can do anything in this world. You know what happened after that. Those negative thoughts and anxieties that had been plaguing me for two days started to recede their death grip on me and my life that felt so upside down began to turn right side up again.
The mind is a powerful thing and when it is upside down it can cloud our whole world. I challenge you to take five minutes today and take one negative thought, feeling etc. you have and replace it with a positive one. I hope that it will right your crazy world for a few minutes.
With love, Namaste!