Everything in life is a cycle. Things have a basic structure which tend to repeat itself or “reproduce”. The day itself is characterized by the repetition of the sun rising and setting, day after day, the cycle continues. Observe closely and you will see this pattern of patterns is everywhere and in everything, animate and inanimate. It is one of the most fundamental principles of life. And once a cycle is started, it generally continues unless acted upon by an outside force.
What has cycles to do with the mind? Well, the mind is no exception and operates in repetitive cycles in the very same manner. Once a thought cycle started, it is reinforced with each repetition and becomes more difficult to change. These thoughts can either benefit you or harm you. For example, the drug addict, alcoholic, pessimist or criminal have all allowed negative thought cycles to grow thus harming their lives. JUST SAY “NO” TO NEGATIVE THOUGHTS! But, negative thoughts can be more addictive than any drug. Breaking these cycles can be hard, but it is always worth the effort. Your well being depends on it.
So just how does one break a negative mental cycle? First, you must become aware and recognize you are having a negative thought. Negative thoughts can be recognized by how you are feeling. They drain your energy and lower you feelings of love and joy and they breed hopelessness. Look at your thoughts objectively. As soon as you can label it as negative and declare this is not what you want to think then you have won the battle. Visualize it being burned up and replaced by thoughts of thankfulness, even if for just life itself. Have hope and faith that things will be getting better soon. And they will, because you have chosen a better path. To rejoice and be thankful, regardless of circumstances, gives you great power and will turn everything your way.