The mental diet is still a challenge for me, especially regarding thoughts about myself and I’ve noticed those thoughts are amplified when I am tired.
I was thinking about the bear hugs kettle analogy we learned on Sunday. I thought about taming the bear before it even gets to the kettle; just as children are taught to not touch a hot stove. Just like Haanel says about being the watchman at the gate and not letting the bear go near the kettle because negative thoughts will burn it.
However, thoughts can be sneaky, just as bears are curious, and they might go over to the kettle anyway even though it can hurt them. I know what I think about grows and so it is more beneficial to focus on the positive. Therefore, I decided that when a negative thought creeps in, I can use the law of substitution and replace it with a positive thought and switch the kettle analogy to a honey pot, like in Winnie the Pooh.
It’s not the bear’s curiosity or the kettle that’s the problem, it’s how long we hold onto the kettle before realizing we can pick up the honey pot instead. In practice, I know certain situations will trigger negative thoughts and I preemptively say a positive affirmation, so I don’t touch the kettle.
If I’m headed towards the kettle and I recognize a negative thought has come into my mind (“Oh bother” says Pooh), I don’t beat myself up. Instead, I think of something to be grateful for and this bear hugs the honey pot!