Struggling to Stay Positive

Neuroscience has taught us you can begin to retrain your subconscious mind with more positive, powerful and productive thoughts through affirmations, mantras and visualization.

Okay, so I’m kinda carpet bombing the site with posts today. There’s a lot on my mind and I’ve had four days of holding down the couch to think. Yes, literally. My fibromyalgia/chronic pain has felt extremely unkind as of late. And that’s just the physical stuff. Mentally and emotionally, I’m ready to jump out of a window and run screaming naked into traffic. (Figuratively!) But let’s re-frame a little. It’s been super challenging this week and I’m struggling not to open fire… uhhh It’s been super challenging this week and I really love small animals. There. That’s about all I can muster. Kittens, bunnies and puppies help keep me sane.

Kitten picture borrowed from Instagram. Please email me for credit.

I did hit it right on the head, though. One of the many powerful tools available to us is reframing. If you catch a negative thought within 17 seconds, neuroscience has taught us you can begin to retrain your subconscious mind with more positive, powerful and productive thoughts through affirmations, mantras and visualization. I AM coping with this situation.

Yes, spending time with small animals, even the thousands of photos and videos on the internet can be extremely helpful. I mean, seriously. How can anyone stay mad when you’re smiling at cute, innocent and furry?

Another helpful tool for me is neutrality. Sure, I get reactive, downright mad at times truthfully, but I’ve learned from watching and listening to philosophical and spiritual giants such as Rupert Spira and Eckhart Tolle that neutrality and/or putting oneself in a non-reactive state is all around wiser and healthier that my knee jerk reaction to start screaming epithets and hurling mad insults. I AM calm and rational. I AM calm and rational. I am calllllmmm… ahh.

All joking aside, neutrality is still a step up on the vibrational scale over freaking out angry, hateful, apathetic, and so forth. I know this scale gets tossed around a LOT by the spiritual and LoA communities, as well it should. Vibration is the law that governs the Law of Attraction that we all love so much. Not only should we be paying attention to it, but we should be considering it in almost everything. And in 2020, that’s been a damn challenge.

The vibrational scale.

I’ve felt it. You can call it Mars retrograde, ascension symptoms, energetic resistance, or whatever. I’ve had tons upon tons of negative junk come up lately. I’ve really had to stop and think- or rather, stop and FEEL my way through a lot of things. Before I embraced spirituality? I’d have been raging mad and losing my marbles in traffic, much less with all this nonsense the school year is throwing at us, Covid-19, and about a half dozen other things. Kids are nerve-wracking enough. Try being cooped up with the little buggars seven months… I AM LOVE. I AM love…

And that reminds me of my next point. One great way to maintain a higher vibration and stay positive is humor. My really broad, sometimes dark and freaky sense of humor has helped keep me going the last few months especially. I don’t have to look far for things to laugh about or laugh at these days. They just come to me. Whether they’re appropriate to laugh at is another subject entirely. Sarcasm, crude humor, and internet memes still count as humor as far as I’m concerned. The only thing I frown upon is hurting others. But as long as the laughs are harmless? Keep em comin!

I feel like I need to meditation here as well. I do it a LOT, probably more than my wife would like. It’s tough in a house full of kids, but I make the time for it on my nights off, my breaks from work, and as soon as I get home if no one is up yet. (Advantage of working overnights.) I know some people say they have trouble calming their minds, but it’s really only as hard as one makes it out to be. Once you get into the habit, it becomes easier and easier to get into that trancelike state of utter tranquility. Next to sleep, it’s the number one way to reset your vibration.

The Six Habits by Laura Dibenedetto.
I highly recommend you check it out!

The next thing I was reminded of just now is gratitude. Where would we be without gratitude? It’s an exercise in appreciating the little things you have in life on top of the big things. I AM grateful just for being here, on the internet, with my laptop, in my house, with electricity. Heck, I am grateful I woke up alive in the 3D world with plenty of fresh air to breathe today. I am grateful for you reading this far. Thank you!

As I have said before, one of the things I am super grateful for is The Six Habits. I swear this is not a shameless plug, but rather honest fact. This book has helped me so much. Gratitude is just one of the habits. The anecdotal evidence just from the book is overwhelming! Gratitude really is your friend!

One last point I want to touch on in regards to positivity is energy. EVERYTHING is energy! Energy is seen and unseen. Nikola Tesla once said that if you want to understand the universe, you must think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.

Abraham Hicks talks about negativity in terms of resistance. Whatever you wish to manifest will always be that much farther away if you resonate with negativity. However, if you are positive, resonating in a positive vibration, what you are trying to manifest will be drawn to you. As so many have quoted from Wayne Dyer, “The law of attraction is this: You don’t attract what you want. You attract what you are..”

Or as many have added, you attract what you feel. Higher vibration is really, really a good thing. Sometimes it’s tough to remember that when life is flinging poo like that monkey in the zoo, but we still manage to get by. Til next time, I AM just happy and grateful to be here.

Author: Jeff Craigmile

I'm a tabletop role-playing game writer and designer from Des Moines, Iowa. I'm the father of four boys and human to three cats.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: