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Stop Obsessing or Fixating with a Fast Cognitive Technique

Mindfulness techniques can be highly effective.
The first step when you get overwhelmed is to recognize that you are officially upset or fixating on something negative. Once you label the problem, use this technique which involves asking yourself a series of questions and then answering them. The technique is simple and quick, requiring only a minute or two of your time.

Wherever you are, ask yourself the following questions.

•If I had to guess, what is the exact temperature now (inside or outside, depending where you are)?
•What is my body temperature like now? Do I feel a little cold, a little warm, or perfectly comfortable?
•If I don’t make any noise, can I identify every single sound that I hear?
•Outside, what is in the sky? Are there clouds? How would I describe what I see in the sky?
•On a scale of 1 to 10, how hungry am I?
•If I could choose any dish right now to eat, I would choose....

Very quickly, I’m sure, you got the idea. The value of this exercise is to distract your mind from any upsetting thoughts and feelings you are stuck in and to redirect your thinking to specific, tangible questions by using your senses.

Read morehttps://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/insight-is-2020/201612/stop-obsessing-or-fixating-fast-cognitive-technique


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Cognitive Behavior Techniques involve, Recognizing what you are doing, Reframing the pros and cons, Replacing the cons with a direct healthy behavior.

Virtually, ALL addictions, all hurts, habits or hangups are behaviors used to regain control over an emotional state. Addictions ALWAYS serve and emotional purpose. The function (purpose) of addiction is to reverse a sense of helplessness. 

Why do people drink compulsively? Chemical abusers take drugs in order to change the way they feel. Taking drugs is empowering because it changes the way an abuser feels! This is what addicts do, they attempt to regain control over helpless feelings. They consume chemicals to empower themselves, tor regain control, over helpless, powerless, trapped feelings. The antidote is to empower yourself, regain control, in a healthy direct manner and not with a displaced method of chemicals. Always ask, what would Christ do? Does my behavior honor God? This type of thinking is more than a distraction but empowers, values, motivation and purpose.

Wisdom is the capacity to see things from God's perspective and respond according to scriptural principles. Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) is empowering direct behavior, (that comes with a built in mentor (John 14:16), the standard of perfection as established by God, evidenced by Jesus Christ.
The bottom line is that when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God, He reciprocates with a Helper (Reciprocal Innervation), that empowers us with fruits of the spirit called values. Values are what impart self control, motivation and purpose.
Epictetus the Greek philosopher said, “No man is truly free until he masters himself.” 
Socrates said, "a life not worth examining, is a life not worth living."
Jesus Christ (Mathew 11:28) said, "Come to me..."
It took me an adult life time, to accept the invitation and  to realize that the quick fix or mood changer of drugs was NOT the best way to regain control of adversity.

Change your thinking and let God change your life.


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"I am a Grateful Believer in Jesus Christ with Free Will and I CHOSE Surrender (Intelligent Delegation) in my victory over, “Recreational Chemical Abuse, my weekend, "False Idols."
"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.

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With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

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Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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