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So this piece is about a process I've used in the past to clear out an excess of negativity that had built up inside of me.  I think we all try to be good people, but sometimes we take too much draining stuff in from our environment for too long and it can overwhelm us. 

You know, it can be heartbreak, parents expectations, negative events in the world, bereavement, any kind of attack from other people to you or your loved ones.  Basically, negative events can come in all shapes and sizes, and collectively they add up, sometimes over a number of years, to darken our thoughts and feelings about the world.  It can be the slow and creeping nature of it that makes us unaware of how it is evolving us into an increasingly negative space.

As this builds up, it can slowly get to a point where we start to become depressed, isolating ourselves, lacking in motivation, and not really liking ourselves either.  I've been in that place before, and I don't mind admitting that while I'm not depressed, I've noticed I'm feeling a bit negative and sluggish.  So what time is it when that happens?

It's time to get your warrant of fitness for humanity! I am a dummy!

So, I'm gonna do what I did last time, a visualization technique that I sorta just invented for myself, but seemed to work for me.  So I'm gonna share it here in case anyone else thinks they might like to check in for a warrant of fitness for humanity. :nod:

It goes like this:

1. Make a list of the negative things you are carrying - resentments, perceived injustices, frustrations, your own behaviours you are not happy with.
2. Look at each in turn and ask yourself 'how do I feel about this?  What are the thoughts I am having around it?  How have I reacted to it?  How have my reactions made me feel?' You know, really stand back and look at it.
3. Again, for each, ask yourself what you would like your mind to say in response to that instead.  What would you prefer your behaviour to be?  Are there resentments that are pointless to hold on to, so you need to choose to let them go?  Is there a brick wall to tear down and a positive action to put in its place?  So this is about 'how do I change this from a negative to a positive?'
4. Then, for each in turn (and it might help to really focus on one at a time), imagine you are breathing out all of the negativity for it, exhaling the miasma like a thick black smoke, and sending it into a jar that you can stop up so it can't escape.  Then, imagine each breath in is clean and clear positivity and all the things you want your thoughts and actions to be.  Repeat this as many times and for as long as you feel you need to. 
5.  Each time you feel a jar is full, then imagine taking it to a desert and digging a deep hole to drop it in, someplace you nor anyone else could find it, where it can no longer do any damage.  Then madly cover it up like a dog on a mission!

If you end up with a desert with lots of buried jars, don't worry!  It just means you were well overdue for your warrant of fitness!

Then get back out into life, with a positive attitude, and kick its ass like a ninja! :epic:  

(and that's right, if you feel those negative thoughts creeping in again, time to just fill up another jar)

Oh, and if you can think of a small first step towards achieving those positive things you want, beyond just a change in your way of thinking (which is massive in itself) then set a goal to do it.  Sometimes the first small step is all we need to really get the ball rolling.

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DriPoint Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015   Digital Artist
And there I was just thinking she had dropped some money...
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jojo22 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
lol!
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Digimaree Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Interesting artwork and very creative idea. I might have to give it a try. Thanks for using my stock.
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jojo22 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
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mysticmorning Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
I need to make a list, getting rid of this garbage collecting I have been doing. Love the art!!!
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jojo22 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks hon :D

Oh, we all garbage collect, we tend to be just so busy living life that we don't notice how it is starting to weigh us down.
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Mom-EsPeace Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
This I love, my dear! Good on ya!
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jojo22 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks babe!  Argh, gotta write my list, don't wanna look at it! :twiddle:

Gotta be done!
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