Invite Positivity

I have a hard time believing that anything is a coincidence. Have you ever thought about an old friend and then they texted you the next day? According to author Paulo Coelho, these experiences we have are the secret language of the stars and universe, and they are actually not coincidence at all. I believe there is a remarkable connection between your thoughts and your reality, and that everything happens for a specific reason. Over the past few months, I have been researching and channeling this energy using the Law of Attraction.

The Law of Attraction states that all thoughts manifest into action. That our thoughts, both positive and negative, become our reality. Put simply, your thoughts can manifest positive change.

For years, I was using the Law of Attraction without knowing it. I was applying the concepts, but without the training and resources, I was not using this power within myself to my full advantage. I came to understand that if I could not control my own mind, I was being controlled by it. It seems that when my mind jumps around, it is easy to manifest things without realizing or wanting to. By utilizing the Law of Attraction, my goal is to undo negative thinking patterns and replace those with positive, empowering thoughts.

In order to be successful, I focus on a specific goal and clearing my mind of distractions while I'm manifesting positive change. Unfortunately, the Law of Attraction does not work like instant magic. It takes quite a while to break bad habits and train oneself to this new way of thinking. I am very slowly getting better at this.

Meditation is crucial to adapting to this new way of thought. Meditation helps to clear the mind of unwanted thoughts and instead train one's mind to go in the desired direction. The longer the mind maintains this level of concentration, the less the mind wanders. It takes practice. Sometimes I can’t go longer than 10 seconds without an intrusive thought stopping me. When I have those thoughts, I treat them like passing clouds and gently guide my mind back to the focused point. My advice is to be patient with yourself. I've found that, overtime, with this kind of control, you can eventually change old habits more easily and keep your mind away from negative thoughts.

Over the past few months, I have meditated at least once a day, even if only for a few minutes. I write down weekly and monthly goals and I tell myself that I will accomplish them. The positive thoughts in my subconscious mind are louder than they have ever been. I am applying to graduate school this fall, my relationship has reached a new level of fulfillment, my friendships are stronger and more important to me than ever, and I am stepping out my comfort zone and trying things I have never done before. Life is better than it has ever been, and most importantly, I love myself more than I ever have. I truly believe I have helped this happen for myself by making small changes in the way I think.

Setting intentions has aligned my heart and mind and has applied meaningful purpose to small tasks. Here are some helpful guidelines to do this yourself:

- Track your progress by closely monitoring your thought processes.

- Are your subconscious thoughts focusing on what’s wrong or what’s right?

- Write down your goals and why you want to achieve them.

- Visualize what it will look like when you accomplish those goals.

At the very least, the Law of Attraction encourages you to adopt a more positive way of thinking. Even if you do not believe in the power of manifestation, the mindfulness behind the Law of Attraction will help you feel control over your own life and fill your mind with positive, endless possibilities. I encourage you to think every single day about what you want for yourself and believe that you can achieve that life. With the Law of Attraction, I see the world as a more beautiful place, because it makes anything seem possible.

Illustration by Shanelle Lewis

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