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Reprogram Your Mind: The "Walking into Your Mind" Exercise

by Salima

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”

― John Milton, Paradise Lost

Are you constantly battling with overthinking, struggling to maintain focus on your goals and dreams, and allowing past experiences and negative people to occupy your mental space? It's time to break free from this self-inflicted mental imprisonment. In this post, I'll introduce you to the "Walking into Your Mind" exercise, a powerful tool designed to help you reprogram your mind and regain control over your thoughts and emotions.

Step 1: Prepare for Your Daily Mental Walk

Every morning when you wake up, grab a piece of paper. Think of your mind as a garden, your goal will be to transform it from a thorny jungle into a flourishing oasis.

Step 2: Identify Your Mental Monsters

Start by drawing bushes on your paper. On each bush, write down the name of an incident, person, or date that constantly occupies your thoughts and triggers negative emotions, leading to unproductive behaviour. These are your "mental monsters" that need to be expelled.

Step 3: Cross Out the Negative

With a red pen, cross out these mental monsters, symbolizing your determination to eliminate their influence on your mind. Imagine yourself removing these thorny bushes from your mental garden.

Step 4: Plant Positive Seeds

Now, draw beautiful plants or flowers that you love. These represent your goals and dreams. Write them down into these lovely images. By doing so, you are making a conscious choice to nurture these aspirations.

Step 5: Replace the Negative with the Positive

Around the crossed-out bushes, jot down an activity or habit that you will undertake daily. This will serve as a replacement for the negative thoughts that have been festering in your mind for far too long. This activity helps you shift your focus and infuse your mind with positivity.

Step 6: Feed Your Mind with Positivity

The activities you choose can vary, but they should all have one thing in common: they should feed your mind with positive thoughts. Consider reading a book or listening to a podcast that aligns with your goals and dreams. Consuming content that resonates with your aspirations will gradually crowd out the negativity.

Step 7: Mental Reprogramming

For those who are good at visualizing, this exercise can also be performed mentally throughout the day. When you catch yourself revisiting a disagreeable event, imagine your mind as a garden. See yourself walking into your mind, removing the mental monsters - the negative thoughts, those bad weeds - from your path. Then, pick up your beautiful flowers or plants, representing your goals and dreams, to centre yourself on what truly matters.

Reprogramming your mind is not an overnight process. Still, with consistent effort and the daily "Walking into Your Mind" exercise, you can gradually replace the weeds of negativity with beautiful plants and flowers representing your dreams and goals. Remember, this exercise may not work the same for everyone, but it's worth trying. Over time, you'll notice a positive shift in your mindset, allowing you to focus on what truly matters and live a more fulfilling life.

If you ever need assistance or guidance in walking through this exercise, don't hesitate to reach out to me. I'm here to help you on your journey to a more positive and focused mind. You can contact me anytime for support and encouragement as you work towards reprogramming your mind for a brighter future.

Salima is a coffee lover, a dreamer, a traveler, an entrepreneur, a blogger, and an avid student of geopolitics.

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Edited by Bwalya M Mphuka

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