Cathy Weiss

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How You Can Flip the Switch

Positive. Negative. Which thought switch do you have turned on? Are you aware or conscious of it? Do you deliberately flip the switch to the energy you want to feel in your life? I regularly turn to the Yoga Sutras to help me feel better in my life. One of my favorites is Sutra 2.33, which states "Vitarka badhane pratispaksa bhavanam" or "When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of."

I regularly catch myself stating or thinking something in the negative and as soon as I realize it say or think, "Wait, let me turn that around." For example, a negative might be don't forget your sunglasses and the positive remember your sunglasses.

I've been familiar with this practice for about 7 years now and at first I had to deliberately flip the switch in my mind. Now it comes much more naturally. I realized that when I saw this sign at the lake park last week while walking:

Park Sign
Park Sign

and in my mind immediately turned it around to:

"Thank you for leashing and cleaning up after your pet. It keeps our children healthy, our town clean, and prevents disease."

Which one feels better? Which one would motivate you to pick up after your pet?

I could list dozens and dozens of examples of turning negative thoughts into positive ones. Instead, I'd love to hear from you. Share in the comments below ways in which you flip your switch...

Namasté and xo, Cathy

PS - I love that as I added the link to my post about the Yoga Sutras, which I wrote 3 years ago, I mentioned the same Sutra I wrote about in this post. It must be a goodie!

If you enjoyed or were inspired by what you read, please comment below, Like, Share, and Tweet. With Gratitude, Cathy