Image Therapy for Sub Optimal Habits/Patterns

Our mind has an intrinsic affinity…a characteristic similar to that a chewing gum…it attracts..Anything passes by and we are hooked on….we latch onto it…lest we are not left isolated….

The mind needs to cling to thoughts….to our likes…to our dislikes….to worries… If not the positive…the not so positive would at-least suffice, but clinging is a must…

Our mind is something like the below image…A tendency to attract… to get identified with something.. Be it beneficial or not so beneficial….

It does what it has picked up robotically or unconsciously… It does it again, and again and again and Again… without any awareness…A faithful servant and robot it is… irrespective of the habit….

Thanks to this excellent image...
IC -www.inspirefusion.com/media/2014/chameleon_fly_eating.jpg

The point here is that the mind keeps repeating it’s patterns, incapable of differentiating what is good for it or what is not so good for it… The patterns are wired…embedded deep within it…in the subconscious mind…

Some examples of habits can be

Repeatedly checking the mobile for messages, updates, likes, dislikes….

Checking official mails when on leave/holidaying….

Any other non optimal habit/pattern the reader is aware of….

The subconscious mind is the the more powerful counterpart of our our puny little conscious mind…normally hidden beneath the surface…who does not understand language but is rather good at understanding images….

How then do we become more “aware” of this rather blind characteristic/trait of ours..??Are there ways and means to slow down the impulses….that normally manage to self execute within  a fraction of a second…

Images can help….

https ://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/32/Dew_drops_on_a_leaf.JPG

For all those who have a sticky mind…take a BIG color  print out of the above(or any image that suits you well)…. and give it a nice prominent space on the wall…

Now that half of the job is done, the rest is rather too simple..All it requires is “Awareness”

Every time you get an impulse to indulge in a sub optimal habit …just be aware…to catch the impulse and just stare into the image….

Permit the nice vibrant image to engulf you, you may want to enlarge this image, brighten it up further and tweak it accordingly to suit your palette.

Every time the impulse for the sub optimal habit arises, immediately replace it with this vibrant image that you have visualized for yourself…make this vibrant image larger, brighter and stronger…

Sooner than later one would realize, that the impulse is as well, nothing but a thought… that used to conveniently slip by…unchecked….and we’d very often ponder/rue retrospectively…

As this alertness and awareness gradually increases and deepens….one comes to the realization that Thoughts come…Thoughts go…They are always ethereal…If we are aware, they just Slip and Slide Away

The leaf in the above example is absolutely neutral…it does not discriminate between dew drops…it does not attribute a characteristic of a good and bad to the dew drops…

It simply enjoys them, it simply enjoys it’s caress..it’s tickle…it’s trickle…and it lets them go…it does not cling to any particular dew drop… All dew drops are welcome….

Thoughts will come…and try and latch on….as in the 1st pic…

Just catch them…transform them into positive visual imagery  as in the 2nd pic…

And the mind does this optimized habit again, and again and again and Again… with  awareness…A faithful servant and robot it is…

 

As always, feedback welcome.

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Author: Team Wellness

A dreamer, who from a window seat of a rail bogey, enjoys staring at the infinite plain lands, re-living images captured by the eyes, amused by a dogs yawn and its trot.. moved by a cows gaze and fascinated by the trail of army ants kissing each other to glory…
I am not sure if slow n steady wins the race.. there is no race if you ask me….but certainly slow and steady has its own grace…

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