GIGO: garbage in, garbage out! Do you know how to stay positive and healthy?

@olivemai (4738)
United States
April 5, 2008 3:12pm CST
I found an article at http://blog.beliefnet.com/ourladyofweightloss/2008/04/whats-in-your-mental-junk-draw.html and it tells us how to stay positive in our thoughts! It mentions our "mental junk drawer" and tells us how to clear out the negative thoughts and ideas, and images in our brains! Do you know how to do this? have you uncluttered your brain so as to live a better life? Have you noticed how bad you feel after watching the news, violent movies or television shows? What do you do to get rid of those feelings, or to prevent the bad feelings in the first place?
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• United States
5 Apr 08
I haven't watched the news, read a newspaper, or watched tv in years. And since I like happy endings and movies that inspire me I'm very picky about the movies I will watch. And I am becoming very picky about the thoughts I entertain and the conversation I engage in. Less trash coming in means less trash going out. Hehehe, I recycle too, in fact I won't even buy anything that has excessive wrapping around it for me to have to deal with later. I once read how, I think it was something to do with the Japanese, a certain people would neatly bundle their trash up like a work of art. I like to treat my trash like that too, and it's pretty hard to do that if it's coming in by the truckload!
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
5 Apr 08
SO tell me, do you have more positive thoughts? I will be happy to participate in your discussions if this is so! I will not have to think twice about reading your posts or comments either!
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• United States
5 Apr 08
Oh, and PS: What I do is if I find myself looking at something or thinking about something unpleasant I say to myself "OK. Now I know what I don't want, what is it that I DO want?" And then when I find the answer to that question on that particular subject, then I focus my attention in that direction. Sometimes I have to do it again and again. My mother can be very hard for me to be around because so much that comes out of her mouth, and I do mean a lot, is all about fear, and I just end up feeling HORRIBLE! I have discovered that what I would like to see when I look at my mother is the best that I can see in her... someone happy and carefree and living her life to the fullest, surrounded by all her beautiful things and in the good company she so desires... so basically she has my best wishes, but I'm not gonna go to that miserable place with her. She rants and raves and calls me selfish. But you have to be selfish enough to care how you feel, if you're not things can get pretty messy. What I will do is show in my example how loving yourself and trusting yourself can transform your life. These are my hopes, and sometimes hope can be like a fragile seedling, but with a little nurturing and my jar of spare seeds I am pretty confident of a successful mission.
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• United States
5 Apr 08
HAHAHA! You apparently posted your comment while I was typing away. It looks like I pretty well took you up on your offer!
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@Aingealicia (1906)
• United States
6 Apr 08
Funny I usually fall asleep with the news on. Guess that is the journalist in me. Humor, humor, and more humor. That is how I survive. I work though my feelings and face them head on. I always see the glass as half full and did I mention Humor? I watch horror movies, the news, and deal with NYC and still have a healthy outlook on life. Ainge
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
6 Apr 08
After viewing your profile the first time, I would think that you already know about this site, where I found the article I posted! I guess you are an optimist who prays so much that you are blessed with no harmful, violent thoughts!
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• United States
7 Apr 08
Actually my violent thoughts I control. Ask my ex husband about my thoughts and my words. I just was very lucky to have a Grandmother who guided me in the right direction and a lot of counseling to help me with my anger issues. Also remember I am a writer and that covers a lot of outlets of turning a negative into a positive. It is about perspective for me. There may be a bad apple in the bunch, you throw it out to be in the compost pile and it makes beautiful roses. Ainge
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
9 Apr 08
Very good! Did you always feel this way? Do you talk to a lot of people who talk in positive ways to you? It is all about the inner dialogue, if yours is good then you will have no problem!
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@joespez (180)
• United States
6 Apr 08
Great Post and link. Oh yes uncluttering the brain is a difficult task. and regarding the news...I try to avoid watching it if I can. I did a cartoon about that here: http://www.lulu.com/content/2262154
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
6 Apr 08
I like the cartoon! You did that two years ago? I have been to lulu's before, I know they have poetry there. I found watching violent television shows to disturb my dreams! I was watching every single news show and reading newspapers made me feel so sad about the condition of the world! Now I do not want to be completely ignorant, so I had to toughen up some but still do not want to watch mainstream news shows, rather the alternative news like the ones on PBS, which does not focus on the most disturbing news but the most important, like economic news and stuff!
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@joespez (180)
• United States
6 Apr 08
Thank you! Yeah two years ago I got fed up with news reports about politics, the war, celebrity breakdowns etc. Not to mention the never ending argument about which spin was correct. The cartoon was the result.
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
6 Apr 08
Great! I like to think of myself as an artist, but being a mom comes first! So I cannot wait to get back into painting, learning to draw better and writing too! The article says it is a computer term!
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@gxnfly (1147)
• China
6 Apr 08
Most of the time I can't do anything to prevent the bad feelings in the first place.I have bad feelings sometime,but I won't let them last long.I will to do something I like ,such as taking a walk ,listening to some music to get rid of the bad feelings.I always think, I have to live,and there is a long road in front of me.So if I want to survive the rest of my life,then I must make my life easier as possible.Then I must stay happy,there is not much time for me to grieve.
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
6 Apr 08
I do understand this also! I enjoy reading the articles at this website, as it helps in my daily life. I have had to learn how to have a good night of sleep without nightmares. The techniques listed at this webpage are very similar to the techniques that therapists taught me years ago!
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@drannhh (15241)
• United States
5 Apr 08
Aptly put, and that is why I don't watch news programs. I read the news because reading is an active process whereas viewing is passive. The point is that if we watch negative things over time it takes a tremendous amount of mental energy to clear away the junk, and that energy could be used much more productively. I prevent those feelings by not allowing them in to my consciousness in the first place. The TV does, after all, have an "off" button.
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
5 Apr 08
Yes, there is an off button! Does it make you feel happier and more content with life? There are other ways that negativity finds it's way into our brains. Like the people around us, movies, books, gossip, and so on! I am glad that you will not participate in this kind of thinking or speech.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I do pretty good keeping a positive attitude. Sure life gets me down sometimes, but I won't allow the negatives to control me. I sometimes don't watch the news just because it's almost all negative reporting, if they had a 'good news channel' I'd probably watch it hahaha. I find that it helps to keep a gratitude list, and each day I write something positive in it that happened that day...no matter how small or how big. Some days there's not a whole lot to be thankful for, but if you look hard enough there had to be at least one bright spot in it. When I have a down day, I often take out my list and look at it, and then I can visually see how blessed I really am, and that life doesn't always hand me lemons. I have lots of health issues, so I often have to remind myself that hey...I'm still here, and that's a definite positive! Wishing you a positive and happy evening! Joy
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
11 Apr 08
Very good! That is a great idea!
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
11 Apr 08
There is a lot of peacefulness in prayer!
@dodoguy (1297)
• Australia
10 Apr 08
Hi olivemai, This is a useful thread you've started here. We think in pictures, so what we see goes much more readily into our self than other modes of input. And anything that gets in there, anything that we PERMIT to go in there, by default behaves as a seed that takes root and grows, silently and without needing any further intervention or conscious awareness of the fact. Thoughts are things. They exist, they live, they grow and they propagate. Our thoughts can be likened to weeds in a garden - the garden of our minds. Anything that we permit into that garden will take root and grow. And there's more to it than that, too. Time and space are illusions - our thoughts influence both the future and the past. Our expectations attract the corresponding reality - both in the future and in the past. Which all speaks to the need for cultivating the thoughts that correspond to our desired reality. And that probably means rigidly censoring the material that's fed to our self by whatever sources are pumping it. There are other angles, other dimensions, to this subject - all relevant to some extent. For example, humans are herding creatures - we tend to align our thinking with whatever we believe that others around us are thinking. This just adds a degree of difficulty when one intends to think independently - and it suggests just how readily we absorb and assimilate whatever is presented to us, and just how disciplined one needs to be to filter out inappropriate material. All in all, I'd recommend not watching TV at all, unless a specific educational documentary of particular interest is being shown. Television is an extremely influential conduit for propaganda and other brainwashing material to be fed directly into our homes. We've generally been educated to consider television programs as "entertainment", but it's actually mass mind-control in disguise. And IMO it's done great damage to the minds of Western peoples - to their culture, values, attitudes, intelligence and expectations. I believe many people are addicted to television viewing - an addiction cultured by years of habit and convenience. Voluntary submission to an insidious brainwashing and propaganda device. The best way to avoid the consequences of television viewing is to simply avoid watching television.
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
11 Apr 08
I agree! What else can I say? I do like to watch a movie once in a while, by DVD or VCR!