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Free Your Mind From Negative Thoughts

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The year has just started and resolutions were drawn out. From the first day of this year to present, many situations and people have challenged us in fulfilling our resolutions. With only a span of two months, it is quite a roller coaster ride for some of us. When all things become ugly and turn into a blob of mental impulses, how can you free your mind from negative thoughts?

I’m pretty sure that in these times, even in our regular days, we are bombarded with unpleasant thoughts. These thoughts are pulling us down. They are ripping our confidence, our core and our view of our value. Yet we are not made to break in the midst of all these thoughts. We are more than this!

Our thought life is a vital aspect of our being. It is the spring board on how we deal and look at people, things and circumstances. The series of thoughts that we allow to stay in our mind becomes the path of our destiny. Whether these thoughts are positive or negative, they control our destiny – for real!

So, how do we deal negative thoughts?

 

Four Practices To Combat Negative Thoughts

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Let me share few practices that can help you free your mind from negative thoughts.

Practice of Catching Negative Thoughts

This practice is suggesting us to get enough awareness whenever negative thoughts are rising in our minds. Through awareness, we begin to recognize them and gain the will to dispel their attachments. We get ourselves an opportunity to choose between retaining the thoughts or move on to better the future.

Practice of Positive Thought Replacements

Whenever we get the awareness that a pessimistic thought is popping here and there and we choose to brush them off, we can then move forward by replacing these negative thoughts with their counterparts; the positive ones. This process will fill in the vacancy in our mind with positive thoughts after dispelling the negative. It will change the direction of our thought pattern for the better.

Practice of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is sustained attention in the present moment. When we become conscious of our present, the space and the life we are in will gradually detach us from those damaging thoughts. Moreover, as much as unmanaged negative thoughts can lead to depression, mindfulness is an effective tool for preventing real deal depression.

Practice of Gratefulness

Gratefulness is noticing simple pleasures life at the moment is offering us. The process is commonly known as counting your blessings. In this practice, we are refocusing our thoughts to draw on a positive line. This practice can also heighten the quality of your life. It calibrates our mind to feel the joy from ordinary kind gestures and favors.

You can have these practices and enjoy life even more! It is time to free your mind from negative thoughts. I know, you are thinking some of practical ways where you can incorporate them. So let me have a high-five for you!

Five Activities To Engage Positivity

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Watch inspiring or funny movies. This will enliven hope, peace and joy in you to support the growth of positive thoughts. Movies are wonderful avenue to turn our perspective from a negative one to positive.

Sing or listen to happy music. As we say, music is the language of our soul. The core of our emotions is easily triggered by music. The series of tones and tunes is easily understood by our soul. So, trigger the happy hormones.

Read inspiring books or stories. Reading is really an active way to relax the mind, and release the tension. As the internal pressures die down, the mind can work out thoughts that are positive. Reading inspirational material such as real life testimonies on success and psalm verses from your spiritual root can grow back the vigor of your soul.

Engage on your talent. Passionate skills can drive you from a negative road to a positive. It is an avenue that will fit you to express who you are. They can be a channel in releasing negativity and absorbing positivity. The return of your talent will be a sense of value and confidence.

Hang out with family and friends. For every journey, you will always need a support system. These people will cheer your joy up and cut down your repulsive mental tendencies. They will serve as a source of your positive aura.

Now, what do you think of this? Start to free your mind from negative thoughts. Drop by at Book Latte and find a world full of positivity. You can sit down and listen to your favorite songs, read some good books, indulge in your talent, and have a fun time with family and friends. Come and discover how great your mind can be!

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Burdened with Legacy in the Eighth Story

You’re supposed to teach him how to meet life. – Dumbledore’s insights for parenting. The eighth Harry Potter story has landed on a very interesting plot burdened with legacy and mystery without scraping out the tension and magical aspects. The story started nineteen years later from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and following Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee and his younger son, Albus Severus Potter, named in memory of Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape, two former headmasters of Hogwarts.

Potter Family

In the dawning of a new age after Voldemort was defeated, Harry Potter is the Head of Magical Law Enforcement and has three children with Ginny Weasley: James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna. In September 1, 2017, Albus Severus left for his first year in Hogwarts along with his older brother, his cousin Rose Granger-Weasley, daughter of Hermoine Granger, now the Minister for Magic, and Ron Weasley who manages Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, and Scorpius Malfoy, the only son of Draco Malfoy, Harry’s former rival.

Before boarding the Hogwarts Express, Albus confided to his father his fear of not meeting the expectation burdened with legacy in his family name. He fears to be sorted into Slytherin. To comfort him, his father revealed that the bravest man he ever knew – Severus Snape – had been a Slytherin student. And if Albus prefers to be sorted into Gryffindor, Harry made it a point that the Sorting Hat would take this choice into account, as it did for him.

Nonetheless, will the Potter legacy continue on Albus Severus?


Potter Legacy

After arriving at Hogwarts, the Sorting ceremony began. The Sorting Hat placed Rose in Gryffindor and both Scorpius and Albus in Slytherin which surprised everyone. More than just a surprise, other students made it a mockery for Albus Severus being a Potter in Slytherin. During his first flying lesson, Albus burdened with legacy failed to demonstrate his flying skills and thereby labeled as the “Slytherin Squib”.

All the way to his third year of school, Albus continued to endure the weight of his father’s legacy and struggle to live up to others’ expectations as the son of Harry Potter. While Albus had to undergo teasing and only having Scorpius as a friend, Rose had a better time at Hogwarts, becoming very popular and a Chaser for the Gryffindor Quidditch team in her second year.

Burdened with legacy, it seems that Albus Severus is leading a different way from his father’s.

This strained the relationship between Albus and his father. It brought both of them to a point of regretting to be part of each other’s life. It was a huge gap in between. A hallow of bitterness and regret filled them.

Harry – “You wish me dead?”
Albus – “No, I just wish you weren’t my dad.”
Harry – “Well, there are times I wish you weren’t my son.”

Albus made a chain of mistakes in this story that interrupted with time as he and Scorpius tried to redeem the past by using a Time-Turner. In the end, it’s not right to meddle with what already happened years back. It is a huge mess when past and present collides ominously making it very uncomfortable to learn the truth.

We must understand that in their relationship, each of them has a target and a goal just to get each other at the best stance in life. That is parenthood. But parents and children will not always have the same trail to leave behind as legacy.


Potter in Parenting

We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come – Dumbledore on Harry’s issue of parenting his younger son. Harry is aiming to get Albus at his expected future, protected from any harm and danger along the way. Well, it is not the case at all. While Albus is burdened with legacy, Harry is burdened with his responsibility as the father.

It is even unrealistic to say that evil will never come to inflict pain. The fact is that everyone eventually will be met by some sort of evil along their journey. And as parents, we can either get our children prepared to meet and overcome the evil or we can just protect them with so much innocence and ignorance that we send them into the world clueless of evil lacking the tools to overcome whatever life is throwing at their doorstep.

To note, this is not a permission to just physically, emotionally or mentally harm the child as in abuse. But biblically, parents should train the child up to be a person of good influence and good stance in life.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it – Proverbs 22:6

It is not being burdened with legacy. But it is setting up a legacy for you and for the people after you to follow. If your parents have not done it right, then do it right in your own time. It is a matter of what is today and what will be tomorrow. Past will always be the past. But you can still better today and tomorrow.

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