Advertising
Advertising

20 Quotes That Can Change Your Thinking And Perception

20 Quotes That Can Change Your Thinking And Perception

A lot of my life has been spent swaying between positive and negative polarities. In the past, I often found myself ecstatic with joy or glumly depressed. I believe my failure to find an equilibrium stems from a constant yearning for desires.

Recently I have found that the practice of meditation has set into motion a drastic shift in my perception of self. I’ve been realizing how much joy is to be had in the present moment and how little my desires actually need to determine my state of mind.

That being said, I often have days where I get caught in the perpetual mind trap of questioning who I am and what my place in this world is.

One very helpful tool for me has been pondering simple yet profound thoughts that originated from someone other than myself. Below I have included twenty of my favorite quotes, or nuggets of wisdom, that have helped me see life through a truer lens.

Advertising

Warning: while these take less than a minute to read, they may take a lifetime to realize.

3

    2

      1

        Advertising

        20

          19

            18

              16

                14

                  Advertising

                  13

                    12

                      11

                        10

                          Advertising

                          9

                            8

                              7

                                6
                                  5

                                    4

                                      Image credit: Flickr

                                      Featured photo credit: flickr via flickr.com

                                      More by this author

                                      20 Quotes That Can Change Your Thinking And Perception Always Do Your Best & Watch Your Best Get Better 9 Reasons Why Everybody Should Know Who Wim Hof Is Secrets To Long Life From The World’s Oldest People The Hardest Moments Ambiverts Have In Their Lives

                                      Trending in Health

                                      1 Can You Stop Depression from Damaging Your Brain? 2 Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It) 3 How to Practice Guided Meditation for Sleep to Calm the Mind 4 How To Overcome Anxiety and Feel More at Ease (Part 2) 5 10 Health Benefits Of Avocado

                                      Read Next

                                      Advertising
                                      Advertising
                                      Advertising

                                      Last Updated on May 15, 2019

                                      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

                                      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

                                      As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

                                      “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

                                      When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

                                      Advertising

                                      Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

                                      We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

                                      But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

                                      Advertising

                                      So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

                                      It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

                                      1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

                                      Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

                                      Advertising

                                      2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

                                      This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

                                      You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

                                      3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

                                      This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

                                      Advertising

                                      4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

                                      How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

                                      So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

                                      If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

                                      And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

                                      Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

                                      Read Next