He Does Provide Guidance

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God: The Only Way

If only they knew that seeking is the only way

He invented creation before we had a chance to even think

All secrets and hidden things will be revealed to the world

When struggling with questions of morality

When you feel cornered with no good sense of direction

Your Father is waiting for you to seek

His presence is not far

Just look up to the heavens!

God sent his Son to help us

Try turning the other way and seeing his light

You can see him far away coming in sight

Don’t lose focus

We’re all in this together!

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

Negativity is Contagious

We’re all surrounded by negative people; some are our friends, family members or even coworkers. At what point do you draw the line and stop interacting with them? Many times, we love these people and find them funny, entertaining, attractive and fun to be around, but their negative temperament often causes you to feel sad. It’s very important to keep this in mind because who you surround yourself with influences your thoughts, behavior and expressions. Being around negative people for too long will slowly turn you into a negative person as well.

Manipulating Your Mental Health

Manipulators are all around us. Sometimes they are our friends, family members, acquaintances, coworkers or strangers. Manipulators can also use fear tactics to further attempt to control your thoughts and behaviors. It’s important that you learn how to catch onto manipulative behavior so that you can protect your mental health. It’s not hard for someone to attempt to manipulate you but it can be difficult to catch onto their behavior if you’re not aware of it in the first place!

Comparing Yourself With Others

We all make the mistake to assume that others are happier than us just because they’re doing activities that sound fun. This can be a recipe for disaster regarding your mental health if you’re constantly putting yourself down while believing that others are living the life.

Weeding Out The Haters

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Don’t Waste Time Where It’s Not Needed

Meeting someone at first sight may be very deceiving; they may appear wonderful and sweet, like they’re going to be your new best friend, or annoying and disgustful, like you want to see them suffer. First impressions are not everything. It takes some time and digging through their chart to really discover their history. If you turn a blind eye to details, you’ll be distracted by the bigger picture which often does not paint a pretty sight. And what happens then? Well . . . you may end up surrounding yourself with people who don’t have your best interest at heart.

It’s not difficult to elicit more specific details about someone. All you have to do is catch them at a bad time when they are not at their best. When doing so, their emotions will get in the way and they will start revealing how they truly think and feel about you; at this point, you’re just raking in the juicy details. If their true thoughts and emotions are still pleasant, then you’re dealing with a keeper; if not, it’s time to say goodbye and move on.

Don’t do yourself a disservice by ignoring one’s true character; study them like a book and that’s how you’ll learn to weed out the haters from your true fans.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

Leeches Swarm Us From All Angles

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User Beware

Leeches are people who sponge off of you and do not offer much in return. For instance, they request to borrow money but do not pay you the correct amount back in time, or they offer to help you with a project and demand recognition for their efforts, despite the fact that their help was not that great to begin with. You can tell when you are dealing with a leech by the way that they interact with you and others; they’re needy, obnoxious, demanding and “lose it” when things don’t go their way. It’s quite frustrating to witness because you wonder to yourself, “How do people have such great insecurities to the point of making a fool out of themselves?” But that’s not your problem to fix. What you need to do is to remain mature, cool, calm and collected and carry on.

Cheers!

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

I Am A Great Communicator

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Positive Affirmation: Great Communication Skills

“I am a great communicator because I focus on what others have to say rather than dominating the conversation. People look up to me not because I have impressive things to say, but because I have great listening skills and they appreciate the time and attention that I give them. I talk at the right time and people pay more attention to what I say because I’m usually attentively listening to what they have to say. When I talk less and listen more, others are more willing to hear what I have to say as compared to when I talk more and listen less. I am a great communicator because I use empathy in my conversations and feel the other person out, especially when they are in pain and emotional turmoil. I am a great communicator and others appreciate my presence!”

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

I Am Kind-Hearted

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Positive Affirmation: Heart Of Gold

“I am kind-hearted because I have learned through my life experience that doing the opposite has never resolved any problems. Weak people rely on hate and division, but I rely on God’s love which he has shared with the world before our creation. I am kind-hearted because this helps the world evolve into a better place, whether or not others recognize it. I am not like the rest because I am not of this world as God teaches us in the bible. And that’s why I am kind-hearted!”

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

Gray-Hearted Individuals

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People Who Get Under Your Skin

We have all experienced being around people who get under our skin; there’s no avoiding it. These individuals roam the world like wild flock, crossing your path at predictable and unpredictable times. Some of these people you have to work with and see them on a daily basis while others randomly come and go. Whatever the situation, almost anyone will agree that they are a pain in the ass to deal with. Not only do they get under your skin, but they get under many people’s skin.

One thing to keep in mind is that attempting to understand where they come from will do you no good in the long run; you’ll often never find out. You may ask yourself why. The reason is because they will not change their perception and attitude towards you; if they haven’t after a month, six months or a year, then they never will. So why bother wasting your energy attempting to under them?

I call these people gray-hearted individuals because it’s not clear whether their hearts are filled with love or hatred. A lot of times, it feels like they are in-between; on some days you are able to sense some love while on others, all you can feel is anger, jealousy, envy and hatred. One thing that you know for sure is that their hearts are not full of love because otherwise, they wouldn’t be rude and mean to you in the first place.

People who carry a lot of love in their hearts do not consistently get under your skin. These are the people who you can feel their love radiate not only onto you, but onto everyone in the room as well. These are the people who even if you don’t have much in common with, you can sense that they are loving human beings. Remember that you don’t have to have something in common with someone who is loving.

But these gray-hearted individuals are bitter and lack a heart full of love. If they feel threatened in any way by you, they are quick to jump on your back to stab it a few hundred times; it’s almost an automatic response for them because they have been doing it their entire lives. On the other hand, if you get on their good side, they decrease their attacks on you, but at what expense are you willing to sacrifice your sanity to get on their good side? If you can do it by still being yourself, then that’s what you call emotional intelligence!

What is your experience like with these gray-hearted individuals?

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

I Am In Love With The World

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Positive Affirmation: Loving The World

“I am in love with the world for God loved the world so much, that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ so that it can be saved. I do not identify with evilness but recognize its shape and form when it manifests around me and even in me at moments in time. Aside from the evilness in the world, I love the world because I am of God and I am his child. And when someone commits an evil deed towards me, I kiss his other cheek for I am here to spread love, kindness and positive vibes. I am not here to judge the world but to live for God by spreading love.”