TOLERANCE TO NEGATIVE THINKING
MENTAL SLIPPAGE - CONTENT OF YOUR THOUGHTS
The second aspect of mental slippage has to do with the
content of your thoughts. Not only are your thoughts out
of control, the content of those thoughts is out of whack as
well. The content becomes so disturbing that it drives
some people to the point of suicide. People hear the same critical condemning
voice repeating the same destructive message over and over.
It initiates a downward spiral that can end in
self-destruction if uncorrected.
long as you control the content of your thoughts, and that
content is positive, it's impossible for depression to take
control of your mind.
The treatment of depression has two
phases. First, you must regain control of your thoughts.
Second, you must change what those thoughts say; you must change
How can you change the content of your thoughts?
Your thoughts always turn in the direction
of what you put into your mind. You change the content of
your thoughts by changing what you way when you talk to
Life doesn't consist so much of facts and
events. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that
blows endlessly through your mind. What you put into your
mind becomes the wind that blows there. When negative and
depressing thoughts gain entrance, a cyclone of negativity and
depression sweeps through your life. If you fill your mind
with positive thoughts, you experience fair winds and following
seas as you sail on the ocean of your dreams.
Depressed people need to be extremely
selective about what they allow into their mind, because content
is king. If they put good things into their mind, their
life improves. If they put negative and depressing
thoughts into their mind, they slip further into the Pit of
The wheel of change always turns in the
direction of what you put into your mind. You must stand
guard on the door of your mind and prevent the toxic waste of
the twenty-first century from getting inside, and you must start
putting tons of positive things into your mind. You can
make the content of your thoughts anything you want. If
you want to be more positive, then put more positive things into
Too often, the treatment of depression
focuses only on eliminating cognitive distortions without taking
people to the next level and showing them how to put positive
things into their mind. Eliminating the negative isn't
enough. You must learn how to create a positive brain and
install a positive operating system.
Remember, if you want to have a mind free
from depression, nobody can stop you.
HOW TO CREATE A POSITIVE BRAIN
When our family was sailing around the world on our yacht, my
two children could not attend public school. There are no
schools when you are sailing a thousand miles from land in the
middle of the Pacific Ocean. The only way they could take
their high school courses was by correspondence. My
daughter did two years of high school on the yacht, and my son
did three. Both of them had to take chemistry as part of
their curriculum on the high seas.
Studying chemistry by correspondence presents unique challenges,
not the last of which is the fact that I had to teach it to
them. They had considerably more enthusiasm about
windsurfing and snorkeling than they did about chemistry.
By mutual agreement, we called this course
Chemistry from Hell. I dutifully went through the
chemistry book with them page by page, and we worked through
every problem at the end of each chapter. It took four
months of working four hours a day to finish the course and take
the final exam.
I learned some valuable lessons when I
taught chemistry to my children, but none of the lessons have
anything to do with chemistry. If you are thinking about
teaching chemistry to your children, you should probably think
again. You can take a horse to water, but your can't make
him drink. We spent hundreds of hours standing in front of
the water trough, but I'm not sure how much drinking got done.
I have given up teaching chemistry to my children.
But since you aren't my children, I have a
small chemistry lesson I want to teach to you.
Fortunately, it's not Chemistry from Hell; it's only a few
simple facts about the chemistry of your brain.
Whether you realize it or not, your brain
chemistry has a massive impact on the direction and quality of
you life. Furthermore, you have a high degree of control
over exactly what that chemistry will be. You don't have
to take a course in Chemistry from Hell to be able to run your
mind and push your brain chemistry in a positive direction.
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