What are Positive Distractions?
I’m not sure if positive distractions is the scientific term, however as a former Buddhist monk I’ve been using these for many years and they really do work.
A positive distraction is something we can use or do to change our mood from a negative, sluggish mood into a more positive and energised attitude. Your own personal mood boosters if you like.
There are a few simple tasks and exercises that we can do to collect together some of these personal mood boosters. These then become our tools to battle when any negativity or dwellings on the past that arises in our minds.
I’m going to share Two with You Today!
This first task is all about realising you have more good happening in your life than bad. Unfortunately sometimes as humans we have the tendency to focus to much on the one or two problems we have in our lives, becoming consumed by these thoughts. We forget to look at the bigger picture and neglect to notice all the good we already have in our lives.
Story demonstrates this point very well.
Finding the 7 Wonders of your life will start to shift your perspective from those negative thoughts to focusing more on the positive we already have in our lives. Once this little task is completed we have our very first little tool to combat negativity.
Now let’s create an army of these tools so negativity has no chance to linger longer than needed in our minds.
There is a scientific rule discovered by Abraham Hicks called the 17 second rule. This means that if we bombard the mind with 17 seconds worth of positivity it has the ability to gather it own momentum and produce further thoughts of the same.
The 20 Second Meditation is using this same scientific approach and turning it into a meditation. For 20 seconds we saying positive things towards ourselves out loud and with passion. Really mean what your saying even if it feels a little alien at first. This is for just 20 seconds so keep going and after a few more moments you start to feel the belief that was your saying to yourself is true. Keep it up for 20 seconds and the mind has shifted into a positive state. It will also have momentum and start to generate its own positivity.
A word of caution; even if your depressed this will change your mood, even if for a moment, the momentum will be there but it’s like pushing something heavy up a hill it will need a constant boost of energy now and again to get that momentum from stoping.
*Dhamma Tāpasā is a trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. A life purpose & Motivational coach who now teaches meditation and mindfulness techniques through the art of storytelling. Dhamma Tāpasā is able to capture our imaginations whilst teaching us valuable moral principles and deepening our understanding of the human consciousness and the everyday problems we face.