When I began journaling, meditating and spending relaxed time with nature, I realized that the thoughts in my head were very negative indeed. I had a lot of fear, jealousy, anxiety and horrible self talk too. No wonder I was overweight, unhappy and lethargic!!!
The first step for me was noticing the thoughts. Just imagining that I was sitting on a couch and watching the thoughts pass by on a TV screen.
Next was disassociating from the thoughts themselves. Knowing that those thoughts are just there and I don't have to "feel" them in my body. They could just float by like they are on clouds.
And finally I became accustomed to redirecting the thoughts to positive ones.
This was a fun exercise and the more I practiced it the better I got at it. I love knowing that I have this power.
Then came times when I was really low, scared or angry - for those times I needed different tools. One of the amazing ones that I found was the H'opo'ono prayer. It is just four statements - repeated in any order you choose - and it goes like this:
I am sorry.
I forgive you.
I love you.
I realized that anything other than LOVE, FUN, COMPASSION and BLISS is not real for me - but sometimes I disconnect and get deluded. So in order to return to my true divine state - I make myself a beautiful pot of tea - and I say this prayer while taking slow deep breaths and inhaling the aroma of my tea.
For me - total bodily presence is pure ecstasy- and the reason that we are here - to be as human as possible without shields or protection. All is well.