Automatic Positive Thoughts

I was startled awake by a visceral dream this early morning. In the dream, I was having a terrible argument with my girlfriend, J. It got me thinking that I still have intense emotional energy from the past aka ‘baggage’. That’s what my intuition tells me.

Memories seem to trigger emotions, and vice versa, but it’s more like the memories are recurring, perhaps obsessive, energetic thought patterns. In other words, I think the emotions we feel from our memories are intense because they’re new, fresh, and happening right now. The memories themselves, these ‘thought patterns’, are also new, but they’re matched against other patterns, and if they’re similar enough, the mind says ‘that’s how it is’.

After a while, you can end up with a mind full of ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts), but what if you can become mindful of APTs (Automatic Positive Thoughts) instead? I’m sure I can’t be the first person to coin that phrase, but in any case, I’ll accept a cup of coffee in appreciation.

Here are some examples of APTs, if such a thing exists, according to me:

I can…
I believe…
I choose…
I can make…
I am willing to…
I am letting go of…
I have the power to…
I am open to receiving…


  • Let’s see what happens when we start our sentences with more empowering words.



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