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30 Amazing Places You Must Visit Before You Die

30 Amazing Places You Must Visit Before You Die

No matter how long we’ve traveled, or how many places we’ve been to, we’re always hungry for more.The world is a fascinating place, and it’s a sin not to travel, not to explore.

Here is the list of the 30 amazing places worldwide you must visit before you die – an ultimate bucket list:

1. Trinidad, Cuba

    Cuba’s exhilarating town in the central region is a very popular tourist attraction for several decades now. In 1988, it is proclaimed as UNESCO’s heritage site. The picture says everything; lovely cultural heritage, delicious food, and staggering Caribbean sea are the features of this mesmerizing place. There are several not-to-miss attractions in Trinidad. Plaza Mayor, both plaza and an open-air museum of Spanish Colonial architecture is first among them.

    2. Beijing, China

      A traveler’s bucket list can’t be complete without the capital of China. The city was the place of Qing and Ming dynasty emperor residences; make sure to visit them. Rich with historical and cultural monuments, this city draws a lot of tourists. The Forbidden City, The Great Wall of China, The Temple of Heaven, Ming Tombs, and famous Beijing Opera, will fill you with ave and respect for the ancient Chinese culture.

      3. Jerusalem, Israel

        One of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem is considered holy by several religions. Ancient history can be seen in the Jerusalem’s stone walls; monumental buildings, heritage sites and fantastic landmarks of culture, faith, and history. A tour of the Old City of Jerusalem is a must since this place holds so much historical and heritage value.

        Old City is home to Western Wall, Church of Holy Sepulcher, and Temple Mount. The organized tour will guide you through the history of humanity and faith in Jerusalem, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

        4. Vienna, Austria

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          Capital and largest city in Austria, famous for UNESCO heritage sites, Schonbrunn Palace, coffeehouses, cakes, and bargains. To experience Vienna truthfully, you’ll need months; palaces, monuments, parks, and many more attractions will make you fall in love with this city. Among many others, in Vienna you must visit:

          • Schönbrunn Palace
          • Belvedere, Vienna
          • Naturhistorisches Museum
          • St. Stephen’s Cathedral
          • Prater Park

          5. Mexico City, Mexico

            The capital of Mexico, with around 21,2 million people, is classified as an “Alpha Global City” which means it is one of the most important financial centers in Americas. One can explore Mexico for a lifetime and still don’t know it all. We’ll mention some of the attractions to visit:

            • The Plaza de la Constitución or Zocalo
            • Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral)
            • Palacio Nacional (National Palace)
            • Xochimilco
            • Basilica de Guadalupe.

            6. Melbourne, Australia

              Australia’s second largest city, several times voted among the top three in the “Most Livable City in the world” list. Rated high in the areas of education, entertainment, healthcare, tourism, and sports, Melbourne allures people from all over the world to visit and admire it, as well to move in.

              Attractions to visit:

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              • The Queen Victoria Market
              • St. Paul’s Cathedral
              • The Shrine of Remembrance
              • Eureka Skydeck

              7. Verona, Italy

                One of the most picturesque cities in the world, Verona, shines brightly on the Adige River. Have you heard the story about Romeo and Juliette? It happened here, in Verona. Juliette’s House – Casa di Giulietta symbolically represents this tragic love story. You can come to the famous balcony, and touch the breast of Juliette’s statue; the old belief is that touching her breast will bring you good fortune in love life.

                Aside this famous attraction, there are many others in Verona: the Roman Arena, where you can witness the magnificent opera performances, Archeological Museum, and the Roman Theater. The list goes on and on, as this must-visit city builds up on our ultimate bucket list.

                8. Luxor, Egypt

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                  Famous for the “world’s largest open-air museum,” Luxor is a mixture of modern city and ruins of ancient city of Thebes, the capital of Egypt in the age of God Amon-Ra. Massive historical monuments attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every day; one of the most famous attractions is the Valley of Kings, containing the tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamen. Another reason for visiting this historic monument is the structure of Luxor Temple that’s slowly collapsing under the time pressure.

                  While visiting Egypt be sure to check out Karnak Temple,The Souks (or Market), and Medinat Habu.

                  9. Krakow, Poland

                    One of the oldest and second largest city in Poland, Krakow is famous for well-developed academic, cultural, and artistic life. Architecture lovers will have a blast in Krakow; this town has many architectural styles with remarkable diversity. Many of architectural monuments Old Town charm the numerous tourists: Cmentarz Rakowicki, oases of Skalki Twardowskiego & Zakrzowek, Saint Mary’s Basilica and much more.
                    You can admire the stunning view from Kopiec Kraka watching over the city, take a relaxing walk at Wisla Boulevards, and enjoy the artists and performers on the Main Square. Krakow is a must-visit destination for today’s travelers.

                    10. Johannesburg, South Africa

                    Johanesburg

                      The biggest city in South Africa, Johannesburg is the capital of Gauteng province, the wealthiest in South Africa. Previously known as “The City of Gold” from its rich history as former Gold Reef City, the city grew from industrial mining town to a developed hub of architectural feats, a broad range of cultural and tourist attractions, and urban atmosphere. Explore the Cradle of Humankind, world heritage site protected by UNESCO, visit some art galleries, or massive Apartheid Museum. Try a bungee jump from two abandoned cooling towers, painted by the artists honoring the famous sons and daughters of Soweto.

                      11. Bagan, Myanmar

                        An ancient city in Mandalay Region of Burma, Myanmar is a one-of-a-kind place in the world, where one can visit the magnificent temples and admire the culture and heritage of the Burmese chronicles. In its rich history, Bagan survived several hundreds of earthquakes, and several wars, so many of the historical places are in ruins, but there are still some preserved artifacts and sites containing proofs of Burmese rich history.

                        Visit many stupas in Bagan, pagodas, and museums, embrace the nature at its purest form. Bagan is a must-visit place on any traveler’s itinerary.

                        12. Seville, Spain

                          Anyone who visited Andalusia can testify about its colorful and exciting festivals, lovely architecture, great historical sites, as well as great food, bars, and nightlife atmosphere. No matter how old you are, or what you’re interested with, Sevilla is a place for anyone’s taste and preference. A big Cathedral, Reales Alcázares Palace, and famous bull fighting in arenas are experiences that you should not miss.

                          13. Petra, Jordan

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                          PETRA

                            Another UNESCO heritage site, famous archaeological place, unique in its stone form and creation. Petra attracts a lot of tourists every year, who come to visit the site to admire the massive construction carved in stone, and the famous water conduit system. This is the place where Arabian culture meets the Hellenistic ways. This crossroad between Arabia, Egypt and Syria is known by the name of “Red City” since the massive stone structure is half-built half-carved in the red rock.
                            Every traveler should visit this massive monument of culture and history in Jordan. The tomb beneath the structure is massive, containing several sections; The Palace Tomb, Corinthian Tomb, Khasneh, and the Urn Tomb. Since this structure is slowly decaying, it is on the must-visit list for sure while it’s still possible.

                            14. Las Vegas, USA

                            LAS VEGAS

                              The Nevada dessert was not that much interesting place until 1931. Since that year, many resorts, hotels, casinos, malls and entertainment objects started appearing fast, forming the Las Vegas as the center of entertainment, pleasure for all the senses, and a getaway from regular and boring life. The fast blooming of the city turned it into a big and flashed megalopolis, with more than 2 million residents (2014), and numerous attractions are alluring around 40 million tourists a year.
                              In this staggering place, there are duplications all world wonders, famous tourist attractions from around the globe; among thousands of other attractions here are some worth mentioning:

                              • Bellagio complex – Huge and worldwide known complex of hotels, gambling casinos, and attractions. The Fountains are worth mentioning as well.
                              • Cirque du Soleil -stunning performances and dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment
                              • New York – New York Roller Coaster – a characteristic cab-like roller coaster will drive you through New York Hotel & Casino
                              • CityCenter – futuristic concept built the hyper-modern hotel with influence of huge malls and futuristic design
                              • Mandarin Oriental – staggering luxury hotel that will take your breath away

                              15. Varanasi, India

                              Varanasi

                                Known as Kashi – the City of Life, this is one of the world’s oldest cities and one of Hinduism’s seven holy cities. This is the place like you never seen before. The Ganges River is regarded sacred, and a bathing and submerging in it manifests as a new birth of a man, washing all the sins away.
                                Many times described as a magical, rustic, and place with unbelievable energy; Varanasi is not a place for the fainthearted people. One can experience unique traditions, bizarre rituals, and aggressive touts, which can sometimes be uncomfortable and scary.

                                With charming architecture, great historical sites, and overall experience of India’s most atmospheric city. In Varanasi you’ll see traditional ghats, many Hindu temples, boat rides on the mighty Ganges, and many different tours will surely be one of a kind experience.

                                16. Dubrovnik, Croatia

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                                  The old town of Dubrovnik is a jewel of Adriatic Sea, one of the most visited locations in the whole country of Croatia. Rustic marble streets and awe-inspiring buildings built in baroque style are protected by the ancient walls protecting the city for centuries.
                                  Museums showcase this dazzling city’s long history; rustic monasteries tell the story of proud trade hub of the Mediterranean, razed by bombing in 1991, but the rebuilt city prevailed and became tourist attraction worth adding to anyone’s bucket list. Explore the Dubrovnik‘s massive and high walls, make a visit to War gallery, visit Cathedral of the Assumption, and take a cable ride from the city to the Mount Srđ to a lookout where you’ll admire the magnificent view.

                                  17. Chiang Mai, Thailand

                                    Northern Thailand is a wonderful place. And there you’ll witness nature like nowhere else. The peaks of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park are around 1700 meters high. This area contains around 300 Buddhist temples, with many of them closed for visitors; the open ones look startling, with monumental structures, decorations, distinctive well-decorated roofs and big bells. Chang Mai is a mixture of modern and older; the modern part of the city is alive and full of modern architecture, and older parts are more rustic – they recreate the rich history of Chang Mai. This destination will provoke your senses, awake your inner spirituality, and stir up your life from within.

                                    18. Moscow, Russia

                                      The capital of Russia is staggering; the city of one of the most powerful countries in the world undoubtedly inspires admiration. From arts, industry and military, to infrastructure and nightlife, Moscow is a powerhouse, a megalopolis with a place for anyone’s needs.

                                      Among countless attractions, the definite must visit places in Moscow are:

                                      • Kremlin & Red Square – the foundation of the city and the country. (addition – St Basilic’s Catedral which is now a symbolic museum)
                                      • Church of Christ the Saviour –  the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world.
                                      • Gorky Park – famous amusement park, named after Maxim Gorky
                                      • Bolshoi Theatre – famous Historic Theater
                                      • Vysotki – Seven Sisters – group of seven famous skyscrapers

                                      19. Edinburgh, Scotland

                                        The capital of Scotland won’t leave you phlegmatic for sure. Found on the south shore, volcanoes and glaciers shape this area. Impressive architecture and advanced education make Edinburgh most desirable city for the young academic bloomers.
                                        The rich culture and staggering sightseeing are not only attractions that may allure you to visit Edinburgh. The exquisite cuisine, dozens of world-class restaurants and worldwide known Scottish pubs with beer kegs and whiskey offer enjoyment for everyone. One won’t be wrong to categorize Edinburgh as a great nightlife city; a night out can end in tomorrow morning easily.

                                        Visiting Edinburgh you must not miss some of these:

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                                        • Scottish National Gallery
                                        • The view from Edinburgh Castle
                                        • Wash your face in the dew of Arthur’s Seat, peak in the group of hills in Scotland
                                        • Queen’s Hall – huge music venue

                                        20. Cartagena, Colombia

                                        Cartagena

                                          Another UNESCO-protected heritage city, where a mixture of old stone walls and structures blend with modern cityscape; where old culture is preserved and showcased with colonial settlements from the ancient the American continent.
                                          Cartagena’s Old City is inspiring for travelers; the rustic colonial streets and preserved buildings are surrounded with Las Murallas, the great walls. The atmosphere of San Diego and El Centro stacked with palaces, and colonial plazas will leave a strong impression in every traveler.

                                          Must visit attractions in Cartagena:

                                          •  San Felipe Castle – famous military castle with underground tunnels
                                          • Totumo Volcano – mud volcano, popular for its alleged healing mud-bath
                                          • The Naval Club – famous recreational activities club founded by naval officers
                                          • Waveflow Club House – clubhouse with surf simulator
                                          • Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria

                                          21. Tokyo, Japan

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                                            On the constant rise, Tokyo surpassed many cities in architectural accomplishments, the industrial revolution, development and cultural preservation. The Kaizen culture works; this city is the perfect example of “one step to advancement, every day” method. The picture tells more than a thousand words, showcasing the ultramodern neon design of Tokyo’s skyline.
                                            Tokyo also preserved the historical and cultural heritage, from the old times when this was a shogun’s residence in feudal Japan. The tradition is kept in the sumo wrestling, handcraft, and small alleys and wooden terraces in the yards with cherry blossoms.

                                            Things not to miss in Tokyo:

                                            • Koishikawa Kōrakuen – one of Tokyo’s oldest and best Japanese gardens. It was built in the early Edo Period (1600-1867)
                                            • Yasukuni shrine – for war victims for the foundation of peaceful Japan of today
                                            • Zojoji Temple – Japanese Buddhism temple, a rare example of early Edo period architecture.
                                            • Tokyo Sky Tree – spectacular panoramas of the whole city can be seen from this 650m tall tower

                                            22. Vancouver, Canada

                                              Listed at top five places to live in the world, Vancouver offers a place for everyone. Eco-friendly society, urban circles of arts, music, and culture, multi-cultural cuisine, theaters, museums, and operas are just a small part of this amazing city. Developed industry and corporate life are some of the many reasons more and more people are coming to Vancouver to start up a new life.

                                              Places not to miss in Vancouver:

                                              • Stanley Park – vast and well known in the world
                                              • Art Gallery – central cultural and artistic exhibitions happen here
                                              • Science World at TELUS World of Science – jaw-dropping live science demonstrations, and OMNIMAX technology films which are one of a kind experience.
                                              • Lookout – on a 50 story high tower, elevator completes the road from the bottom at 50 seconds. Astounding view.

                                              23. Zakynthos, Greece

                                              ZAKYNTHOS

                                                A small island in Ionian Sea, Greece, has become a tourist attraction during the last years, bringing hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Mesmerizing light blue sea, great nightlife, fantastic cuisine are the features of this island. With lovely lush nature, a private zoo-like refuge for animals, and one of the most photographed beaches in the world, Zakynthos-Zante offers warm summer atmosphere and plethora of activities for the visitors to enjoy.

                                                Having a holiday on Zante, you should not miss the following:

                                                • Navagio beach (showcased) / Shipwreck Beach
                                                • Blue Caves – lovely blue waters surrounding the white stone caves, reflecting and lightning the most amazing scenery for visiting
                                                • Marathonisi island – island looking like a turtle, where the famous and protected Caretta-Caretta turtle lays eggs
                                                • Zante Town – main hub and only developed city on the island
                                                • Church of Agios Nikolaos

                                                24. Maui, Hawaii

                                                  Maui is an island in Hawaii, USA, second largest in the country. Lovely beaches and endless blue Pacific will embrace you in traditional Hawaiian way: an emphatic “Aloha!” and a flower Lei around your neck, symbolizing aloha spirit and kind welcomes.
                                                  Holidays at Maui can be action-packed, exploring-oriented or lazy; it’s all up to you. For adventure types, there are bike trails, surfing, hiking and kayaking. As an explorer, you’ll get to see lots of mesmerizing waterfalls, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And if you’re up for relaxing atmosphere and cocktails with lovely little umbrellas, fantastic beach resorts will make sure to host you the best way, offering superb lodging, dining, and atmosphere.

                                                  There are many attractions to visit in Maui, and here are some of them:

                                                  • Molokini Crater – excursions to this old volcanic crater happen each day
                                                  • Kula Botanical Garden – thousands of flowers and plants, with lovely surroundings
                                                  • Haleakalā National Park – volcanic exploration, amazing wildlife to visit
                                                  • Try snorkeling – incredible sea life and crystal clear waters are ideal for this activity

                                                  25. Reykjavik, Iceland

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                                                    Iceland is a place which can hardly be described with words since few suitable words come to mind when thinking about this island in Norwegian sea. The volcanic landscape of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers and black-sand beaches is amazing. The capital city, Reykjavik, is a place rich with life, culture, and characteristic Nordic energy.
                                                    There’s not just staggering nature beauty that impress; Iceland’s rich culture, mythological Nordic history, and people of Iceland will amaze everyone who visits this incredible country. This is a place where you’ll watch the astonishing Aurora Borealis Northern Lights from hot water spring with surrounding temperature around zero Celsius.

                                                    Here are places you must visit in Iceland, among many others:

                                                    • Gullfoss – a staggering waterfall
                                                    • Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik
                                                    • Blue Lagoon-Geothermal Spa
                                                    • Askja Mountain
                                                    • Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik

                                                    26. Sri Lanka

                                                    SRI LANKA

                                                      Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination among tourists looking for inspiring travel holidays for a bargain price. UNESCO heritage sites that stood the test of time for 2000 years and remarkable wildlife are reasons worthy enough to visit this beautiful country.
                                                      Explore the rain forests when you want to go away from tropical heat and beaches, take a tour of wildlife in national parks, discover many impressive temples, climb the famous Lion’s rock, and admire the museums among many other attractions in Sri Lanka.

                                                      27. Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

                                                      Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

                                                        Cape of Good Hope is an amazing place, where one can enjoy beautiful holidays in an exotic location, the home of legendary Flying Dutchman. There is a hiking route that includes the old lighthouse, a souvenir shop while witnessing astonishing views of nature where two gulfs meet – Indian and Atlantic Ocean. Visiting Cape of Good Hope is a unique and exciting experience, where you can learn about 250 different birds settling in the Cape, and exotic flora of South Africa.

                                                        28. Grand Canyon, Arizona

                                                          A wonder of nature, the Grand Canyon stuns the eye at the first sight. Over 450 kilometers-long old canyon is carved in stone by Colorado River. This jaw-dropping location attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists yearly, to admire the nature’s impressive creation.
                                                          You can approach the Canyon from numerous locations, all divided into three geographical groups: South, North, and West. All of them provide different experience and angle of the vast structure. South Rim is the most visited one, and West is famous for its impressive Skyline, built on the edge of controversial glass bridge in the U shape.

                                                          29. Easter Island

                                                            A small island in the Polynesian Triangle, the Easter Island, is famous for the 900 monolithic statues called Moai, created by ancestors living here in the year 1200 CE. These figures are carved from volcanic stones and volcanic ash. Their origins tell the story of Polynesian belief in the sanctity of the head. From small, to monumental-sized, statues are scattered across the island. Exploring the Polynesian culture, and learning about stone platforms and statues will make your holiday unique and thrilling.

                                                            Here are some localities to add to your itinerary:

                                                            • Anakena Beach
                                                            • Rano Kau Volcano
                                                            • Terevaka
                                                            • Ahu Tongariki

                                                            30. Taj Mahal-Agra, India

                                                              Last on our list but not the least., Taj Mahal is best known as “the jewel of Muslim art in India” built in the honor of the love and grief of Shah Jahan’s for his beloved wife, the Persian princess, Mumtaz Mahal. Built in 1653, it took 20,000 artisans and 21 years to complete. Huge white marble construction stands in the center of the compound, surrounded by mausoleums, gardens and towers; it is proclaimed as UNESCO Heritage site in 1983. You should consider visiting this world wonder in the next few years because of a rumor of its decaying and possible closure to visitors.

                                                              Which place have you visited? Which one is your favorite? Let us know!

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                                                              How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                                              How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                                              Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life. To control your thoughts means to influence the way you live your life.

                                                              Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affects your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality)

                                                              I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive, and just a general waste of energy.

                                                              You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                                              Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Be someone who can control your thoughts—become the master of your mind.

                                                              When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                                              I currently have a few thoughts that are not of my choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                                              Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                                              Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in control of your thoughts.

                                                              If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                                              Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create unhealthy and unproductive thoughts.

                                                              1. The Inner Critic

                                                              This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                                              • Other people’s words—many times your parents
                                                              • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples’ expectations
                                                              • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media
                                                              • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                                              The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance, and lack of self-love.

                                                              Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is youwhy else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                                              2. The Worrier

                                                              This person lives in the future—in the world of “what ifs.”

                                                              The Worrier is motivated by fear, which is often irrational and has no basis. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                                                              3. The Reactor or Troublemaker

                                                              This is the one that triggers anger, frustration, and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                                                              This person can be set off by words or feelings and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                                              The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control. He is run by past programming that no longer serves you—if it ever did.

                                                              4. The Sleep Depriver

                                                              This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                                              The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                                              • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                                              • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                                              • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity, and generalized anxiety
                                                              • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                                              How can you control these squatters?

                                                              How to Master Your Mind

                                                              You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but you must pay attention to them so you can identify “who” is running the show—this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                                              Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                                              There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                                              • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                                              • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                                              This second option is what is known as peace of mind.

                                                              The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go-to” thoughts in applicable situations.

                                                              Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                                              1. For the Inner Critic

                                                              When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                                              You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                                              For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                                                              You can also have a dialogue with yourself to discredit the ‘voice’ that created the thought—if you know whose voice it is:

                                                              “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                                              If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready.

                                                              This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                                              • They rile up the Worrier.
                                                              • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                                              • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                                              • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                                              • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                                              Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                                              Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                                              2. For the Worrier

                                                              Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally, and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                                              Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind, and creates anxiety in the body. This may make it more difficult for you to control your thoughts effectively.

                                                              You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                                              • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                                              • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                              • Muscles tense

                                                              Use the above-stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time, you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                                              If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                                              Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                                              “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                                              Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense. Both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                                              If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

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                                                              Now, take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like! Do it until you feel that you’re close to being in control of your thoughts.

                                                              Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                                                              For example: If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                                              “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place.

                                                              Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                                              Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                                              “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                                              Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                                              3. For the Troublemaker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                                              Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers. But until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                                              The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain.

                                                              I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                                              Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds—just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                                              Breathe in through your nose:

                                                              • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                                              • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                                              • Focus on your belly rising.

                                                              Breathe out through your nose:

                                                              • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                                              • Focus on your belly falling.
                                                              • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                                              Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize. Now, you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior, and you’ll be more in control of your thoughts.

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                                                              One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                                                              Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                                              4. For the Sleep Depriver

                                                              (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher, and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                                              I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                                              Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                                              1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                                              2. Then I came up with a replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                                              When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and thoughts, and I choose quiet.

                                                              From the first time I tried this method, I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                                              For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (closed, of course). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                                              If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                                              You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                                              • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon
                                                              • Shut down your thinking
                                                              • Calm your feelings
                                                              • Simply focus on the present moment

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or destructive purposes.

                                                              You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable, and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                                              Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. You can be in control of your thoughts. The choice is yours!

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