Detox for life - Part two
Detox your input: You are what you consume. If you consume mostly negative things, you will put out mostly negative things. The input you receive informs your thinking.
Consider your input sources - judge them with an intentional eye. What messaging is this intended to send? What messaging am I receiving? Is it consistent with who I want to be? If it's not, then stop letting it in. This goes for television, music, even conversations with people. I started becoming really careful about the phone conversations I was having and I started filtering.
I had some people who always wanted to take me back to the times when things were difficult for me. FILTERED OUT - That will keep you stuck. They need you to be back there perhaps...but you need to focus on where you are and where you are going.
I had some people who always wanted to talk about other people. FILTERED OUT - That will only invite darkness into your own life. Whatever you focus on, grows.
I had some people who never constructed anything but were forever criticizing other people's work, not even mine. FILTERED OUT - It was creating perfection paralysis and I wasn't executing like I needed to. (Funny thing, every time I did this, I saw immediate gain - I filtered one person's constant conversation and in 48 hours, I launched a beta program that was paid and I had 30 participants. I had been holding it back for months!)
Detox your output: Sometimes it's not them, it's YOU!
Our tongues are very powerful. What we speak constantly we create. This is a spiritual principle and a physical reality. Whatever we say, we believe and once we believe something, it influences what we start to see as we subconsciously self select data to prove our story. I didn't make that up, it's called inference.
The other thing our tongue does is change the energy in the environment around us. Some of us have toxic tongues, often because we have never really sat and examined our hearts. I know a woman who often says hurtful things without thinking. I challenged her because I believe the word that says "From the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh". I wasn't saying that her heart was dark, I was asking her to examine her heart. I know that she was often going above and beyond for people and while that is admirable, when you are giving from an empty cup, you can start to resent it internally and feel unappreciated and actually bitterness and a martyr mentality can set in. Another scripture I believe says "Guard your heart with all diligence because from it flows the issues of life" If your heart, dictates what your mouth says, then you must see your words as having the capacity to be life.
1. Speak life to yourself and about your life circumstances. Stop saying negative things about yourself and beating yourself up with your own words.
2. Speak life to the people around you. Do your words build up, encourage and more. When you are angry, how do you use your words? Do you become venomous or do you express your anger in a healthy way?
3. Use your tongue as a tool (be kind, pay compliments, show love) and not a weapon. Gossip is a weapon. Judgment is a weapon. Using Empathy or sympathy is a good way to counteract those things. Ask questions, when you feel like judging, stay open, try to understand and accept other people. Think about the principle, what we see in others is a reflection of what we see in ourselves. Also when you feel moved to discuss someone else or judge someone else, use that as an opportunity to turn inward instead and ask what it is hitting up against that is causing you to focus on them.
Another thing, I'm currently working on, is detoxing my space and surroundings. I'll share more on that on a later date.
Have a fabulous day y'all!