Social media, the radio, TV (particularly the news), acquaintances and even friends are known to be the main sources of shaping many of your perspectives and it’s clear to see how. We spend a high percentage of our lives around these things (and people) and according to renowned psychologists and NLP pioneers, John Grinder and Richard Bandler, we become are heavily influenced by the time we spend with these people or things.
So, you have your own mind and don’t let anything influence your thoughts? How can you be so sure? Who’s to say you’re not just influenced by someone else who thinks a similar mindset? Not convinced yet? Try opening up your mind, science and psychology say we become a product of our surroundings, therefore the soul inside you may not have the chance to develop in a unique way. Think about it, how much time do you spend thinking outside of the box being convinced by bias “evidence” of things you see on the news? Some people call this “brainwashing.” Can you afford to go through life without really detoxing your mind of all the toxicity in your brain that you didn’t know was there? Open your mind, question what you hear, and don’t be easily led.
So how is all this detoxing done?
Well, there is no one single answer as every person has a unique way of stimulating their minds and letting go of things they’ve been led to believe all their lives.
Step 1 Challenge. When watching TV and spending time with friends, challenge what you hear and weigh up the source of information. Is their view bias? Are they educated on the matter? Is their view one dimensional, out of bitterness, or maybe intended to be persuasive?
Step 2 Distance yourself. If this is something you’re experimenting, you will more than likely have to distance yourself from the main sources, or at least control them. Examples? Social media is the big one, where people scroll for hours through content posted with the intention of creating some kind of jealousy, attention seeking or boasting. Either hide these profiles or follow more positive pages, you have to stay clear of this toxic and highly infectious energy. The same goes for acquaintances, we all have that colleague who talks about themselves constantly zzzzzzzz ego, ego, and more ego. Either set an example for them and don’t take their negativity personally.
Step 3 Mental release. Guided meditation, it has endless mental benefits and is extremely effective and psychologically proven when it comes to clearing your mind, and starting a new fresh phase of your life when it’s time for a change. Many people use meditation as a way of “unlearning” much of the brainwashed perspectives consumed throughout life. If you haven’t tried meditation you’re missing out, all you need is a quiet space, and you can find thousands of beginner videos on YouTube. We recommend the account of J-Bittersweet who does a useful 30-day challenge.
And that’s it! The three steps, challenge distance, and release. Treat these steps like three filters to prevent negativity entering your life for a clean fresh start to a new era. This should be an going process, and the results are likely to increase over time. Check back for part two of this article as we get a little deeper next time around.