Sometimes it is our own negative thoughts that we need to remove in order to be at peace. When I am feeling sad, I find I have been dwelling on something that happened in the past. When I feel anxious, I am usually anticipating something in the future. Both are a waste of mental energy. The past is long gone, and the future I am worried about may not even happen!
I do my ABC mental check at least once a day. Maybe this will work for you as well:
Ask yourself two questions:
“What am I feeling right now?”
“What is wrong at this moment?”
Usually nothing is wrong – if I have no feeling of peace and ease, I am most likely reliving the past or thinking about the future.
Breath in and then exhale, pushing out all the air in your lungs, and with it any negative thoughts causing stress, anxiety, or sadness. Hold your breath for at least 10 seconds, focusing on peace. Release and feel the positive energy of peace fill your lungs.
Continue to the next moment and the rest of your day focusing on breathing out the negative energy and breathing in the positive energy.