Okay, I will admit it I am addicted to Oprah’s new channel. It seems like every show on OWN is drawing me in and I am glued.
Oprah’s Lifeclass is absolutely amazing to me, I am so appreciative that she is spreading a message to wake up and take control of your mind. It seems that every episode that I have caught I am immediately able to connect to a personal experience. One message in particular I struggled with for days. She spoke about separating yourself from negative people in your life. This would be people who continually take from you, cause conflict or stir negative emotions. She suggested to make an effort to disconnect from those people and even stated that you could notify them and let them know why it is necessary for you to do it.
This would be necessary and very appropriate in many scenarios, however I struggled with this in my own situation. What if there are other variables within the conflict or surrounding the person that you cannot disconnect yourself from? For example, if you had a horrible boss that you struggled to deal with and it was with an incredibly rewarding job that you love. In this case it would not be okay to quit the job in order to disconnect with the negativity surrounding the boss, right?
After watching the Lifeclass I sat with a cloud of confusion about how to disconnect from the person until a second OWN show came to the rescue…
Last Sunday I caught pieces of Super Soul Sunday. Oprah was interviewing the author of Stroke of Insight, Jill Bolte Taylor. She was a Harvard brain scientist and had a massive stroke. The book was enlightening and the interview was the key for solving my disconnection dilemma. Because of where Dr. Taylor’s stroke occurred, part of the recovery process included an absence of thought. Her left brain chatter, as she put it, was completely quiet. And the gift of this experience was realizing that she had the power to control her mind, quiet the thoughts and influence her emotions.
What I compiled from viewing these two shows and relating it to my own experience is that I cannot control other people or the conflict that occurs. I can make sure that it does not consume me when it is not in my presence. It’s true for me as I am sure it is for a lot of people, we end up dwelling on situations. We revisit thoughts of what happened, how it happened, what it means and on and on. I learned that I need to separate myself from negative people and when I cannot remove myself completely I can choose to remove the thought from my mind. I have been more at peace with the negative situation this week than I have been in a long time, because when I become aware that I am revisiting it in my mind I notice it and the thinking stops.
Like a candle lit in my mind, if I don’t become aware of the thought it turns into a fire of negativity. Now I am trying to notice a flame and blow it out early.