March 6, 2020
016 - The Power of our Thoughts to Transform Our Lives
Welcome to The Fully Lived Life podcast! A podcast for those who are longing to pursue the full life and want to break free from anything that holds them back. Listen in as two friends - a psychologist, Dr. Merry and a life coach, Gillian - talk about life, love and purpose - with wisdom, humour and transparency - through the lens of science, psychology, and life experiences.
Do you think about thinking?
Dr. Merry and Gillian talk about the power of our thinking and discuss the damage that A.N.T.s (Automatic Negative Thoughts) can have in our lives.
Gillian (Stella) takes on the role of lab rat in this episode and plays along with Dr. Merry to demonstrate how our thinking lives matter to how we show up in the world.
How can we use our thought life to change our experience of life? Our ruminating thoughts can focus on positive or negative thoughts and shape our experience. Where do you fall on this spectrum?
Our thoughts move us toward our actions - so do your thoughts move you positively or negatively?
Dr. Merry walks us through the neuroscience that helps us understand how chemicals are released in the brain and the ensuing effect on our thoughts and actions.
What are your practices to frame and reframe your thoughts?
Dr. Merry and Gillian both share how they address their shame and fear based thoughts and reframe them.
Some guiding principle to help you reframe your thoughts:
Pay attention to your thought life (leverage your emotions to help you)
Notice when you have a negative thought- be specific
Reframe your thinking
Refuse to give ground to that negative thought
On a daily basis flood your mind with positive and good thoughts
Get an accountability partner to help you move forward.
Dr. Merry’s book: https://amzn.to/2rCrJyI
Dr. Merry’s videos: https://bit.ly/377eFR0
Dr. Merry’s website: https://drmerry.com
Dr. Lin & Associates: http://drlinandassociates.com
Gillian’s Website: https://gillianmcshane.com