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Overcoming Negative Thoughts

Mary Kate Kopec. Love and Big Hugs. Overcoming Negative Thoughts

A Page from MK's Journal: Overcoming Negative Thoughts

Hello Sweet Friends,

Recently, I had to go for a mammogram and ultrasound ... to investigate "a spot."

With gratitude, I can tell you, I was given the all-clear.

But the days (and month ... thanks to delayed scheduling during the pandemic) leading up to my appointment were a struggle.

Negative thoughts.  Anxious thoughts.  The what-ifs.  The scary drama train I was riding.  My brain kept trying to derail into darkness.

Thankfully my coping and wellness toolbox is chock-full of helpful images, positivity, affirmations, activities, ... tools of the survival trade.

Even so, I was having a bit of a challenge after a month of build up and waiting, so the few days before my appointment, I started feeling anxious.  That horrid jittery energy that frazzles in your chest? ... Had it.  Insomnia? ... Yep, that, too.

I started having lots of little physical manifestations from the negative, anxious mental and emotional challenges I was facing ... from being told there might be something wrong with me physically.

Oh, how the cycle goes round and round.  Well, actually, mental, emotional, and physical health are interconnected, not so much cyclically ... more dynamically interconnected ... tweak one and they all get tweaked.

So, there I was, starting to feel my body cave.  I knew I needed to get to self-caring on MAXIMAL SUPER BIG TIME to stop the train from wrecking, and wrecking me with it.

Time to try something new!  Time to grow my toolbox.

The universe heard me, and as I pulled up my Yoga With Adriene playlist, YouTube made a suggestion:  Let It Go Flow with Adriene.

Yes, please!

If you've heard me say it once, you've probably heard me say it a million times - Yoga With Adriene is an angel on earth!  She helps me heal, and I luvs her SO MUCH!  (Maybe someday I'll even get to meet her ... there's a happy thought!)

I definitely recommend yoga in your toolbox.  Yoga is scientifically and medically shown to improve your health ... in all the ways (mental, emotional, and physical)!

But for today, I want to share a bit from this Yoga With Adriene: Let It Go Flow.  It resonated so BIG with me that following my healing practice with her, I immediately hopped into my journal and started creating new journal pages to go with my daily living practice!

Mary Kate Kopec. Love and Big Hugs. Overcoming Negative Thoughts

Amazing Reminders from Yoga With Adriene!

In her Let It Go Flow, Adriene shares the following:

“Don’t give up on yourself.

“There are so many things that are out of your control,

"But there’s one thing absolutely in your control

"And it’s you, your thoughts, your energy, how you treat your body, how you use your thoughts, your energy and your body, hey-o”

And Adriene offers the following 2 mantras:

1st Mantra:

“Everything is as it should be.

"… This is acceptance.”

2nd Mantra:

“The universe is for me, and so is everything else.”  Adriene’s mom

And in a her Yoga For When You Are SICK video, she also mentions "Yoga as a medicine for life."

These are some of her words that resonate with me so deeply!  And so I've journaled them.  To remind myself regularly, no matter which daily practice I am doing with her.

Mary Kate Kopec. Love and Big Hugs. Overcoming Negative Thoughts

Reflecting on Yoga With Adriene's Words of Healing Wisdom

Adriene's guidance, words, and wisdom reminds me to:

Focus on what I can do … I can let go of negative thoughts, and let flow the positive thoughts.

Instead of “What if there is something bad about to happen?” how about “What if something good is about to happen?”

I am a beautiful vessel of healing.

I nurture and nourish my wellness with care, so I can blossom brightly.  My loving efforts create healing, and help avert illness. 

With this mental power fueling me and helping me cope and feel calmer, I hopped into my journal to create some pages to hold me.

Adriene's words, the words of her mother, and my reflections along with the artwork I was inspired to create (written and shown in this post) are my journaling for my healing, and they helped me cope through my mammogram day.

They helped me overcome negative thoughts.

I now have these words and images as daily (or as needed) loving reminders in my toolbox, and I love them!

You might've noticed I used the same flower art for 2 different positudes.  That's the beauty of it being my journal.  I can doodle art it up and write whatever works for me, and I just love, love, love how my flower turned out, and it felt right for both of my positudes.  So, I doubled up for big hugging loves!

I hope these words, reflections, and positudes help you overcome negative thoughts, too!

May your heart be light and filled with PINK!  May your smile be bright!  May you feel my giant loving hug I'm squeezing you with right now!

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