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Prime Your Mind for Good

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Oct 26th 2010

happy faceThe fact is, we all walk around every day with our minds already primed to react in one way or another. If we wake up in the morning and stub our toe, we’re likely to interpret the next event with a frustrated lens. If we just got dumped from a recent relationship, we’re likely to see any upcoming advances with suspicion. Our minds are primed to see the world in a certain way, but what if we could prime our minds for good?

An event happens and then within the blink of an eye the mind has already judged the event. The interesting thing is that we’re not even aware of that thought. What happens next is the body experiences a sensation such as tightening of the chest or throat during anxiety or maybe flushed cheeks when embarrassed. This then sends a message to the brain that reinforces the initial snap judgment. A cycle then ensues, spiraling us up, down or sideways.

But what if we could prime these snap judgments for good? I mean influencing those thoughts we’re not initially aware of.

One way of doing this is by surrounding ourselves with good things in our lives and even practicing mindfulness which has been shown to help with response flexibility, compassion, empathy, and forgiveness.

  • You can make a list of people that are supportive to you in your life and make sure these are the people you are in contact with more.

  • You can put up pictures of people that inspire you.

  • You can put up quotes that remind you of your dreams.

  • You can practice the STOP technique to help connect to what’s most important throughout the day.

  • You can volunteer to enliven the altruism gene within you.

  • You can practice forgiveness to begin flexing that muscle.

  • You can read more blogs like this that allow this content to be present in your mind.

What helps you prime your mind for good?

Please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit from. 

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and is author of the upcoming book The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

Check out Dr. Goldstein's acclaimed CD's on Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Mindful Solutions for Addiction and RelapsePrevention, and Mindful Solutions for Success and Stress Reduction at Work. -- "They are so relevant, I have marked them as one of my favorites on a handout I give to all new clients" ~ Psychiatrist.

If you're wanting to integrate more mindfulness into your daily life, sign up for his Mindful Living Twitter Feed. Dr. Goldstein is also available for private psychotherapy.

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