Time to think…about your frame of mind

“Frame your thoughts like this – you are an old person, you won’t let yourself be enslaved by this any longer, no longer pulled like a puppet by every impulse, and you’ll stop complaining about your present fortune or dreading the future.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

 

When you notice you are angry, don’t say to yourself “I am angry”, but instead say “there is anger”. Don’t let the emotion become you – allowing it to endure, prolonging its effects (be they good or bad) any longer than necessary. If there is anger, reflect on what caused it.

 

What needs were you expecting to be satisfied or frustrated? Notice the emotion and then let it pass. For all things shall pass – good or bad. The choice of how you want to continue reacting is in your control. Reframe your thoughts.

 

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