positive-thinking

We all know the importance of physical fitness. But how much attention do you pay to your mental fitness? In a recent issue of Science of Mind magazine, Mitch Horowitz mentions a passage from a 1931 book called Body, Mind and Spirit. In it, a prominent (but unnamed) scientist describes how he transformed his life through undertaking a one-month thought experiment.

“Up to my 50th year,” says the scientist, “I was unhappy, ineffective and obscure. I had read some New Thought literature on directing one’s attention to what is good and useful and ignoring the rest. Such ideas seemed like bunk, but feeling that life was intolerable, I determined to subject them to a month-long test.” During this time, he resolved to impose certain restrictions on his thoughts. “In thinking of the past, I will dwell only on its pleasing incidents. In thinking of the present, I will direct attention to its desirable elements. In thinking of the future, I will regard every worthy and possible ambition as within reach.”

Our intrepid hero threw himself into the experiment, and soon felt happier than ever before. And, to his astonishment, he soon received an offer to become the assistant of a man he deeply admired. The scientist went on to publish many books and enjoy cooperation from his all colleagues. “It seems,” he concluded, “that I stumbled upon a path of life and set forces working for me which were previously working against me.”

When Horowitz suggested that we repeat this experiment, I was intrigued. But could my monkey mind sustain a positive focus for 30 days? I decided to find out. As luck would have it, the perfect start date is at hand: Friday’s New Moon in Sagittarius (Dec. 11, 2:29 am PST). Not only is the Archer associated with the higher mind and goal-setting, but this New Moon squares expansive Jupiter and trines free-thinking Uranus. Plus, nearly all the planets are in forward motion. You couldn’t ask for a more auspicious date on which to begin turning your mind – and life – around.

Want to join me? At the New Moon, write down the following: “I dedicate myself on this day, Dec. 11 2015, to focus on all that is nourishing, advancing and promising for 30 days.” Sign it, and place it somewhere where you’ll be reminded of your commitment. Don’t get discouraged when you become aware of distressing or unkind thoughts; just gently release them without judgment. Then focus instead on something pleasing, or at least neutral.

I want to know how your experiment goes! Email your results to Simone@AstroAlchemy.com and I’ll report on the outcome in a future essay.

One great way to get into a positive space is to make a Treasure Map for the New Moon. For tips on making one, check out this Sagittarius New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life.

 

0 thoughts on “Sagittarius New Moon: 30-Day Challenge

  • December 9, 2015 at 2:58 am
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    this is a terrific idea Simone. I am going to give it a real try and follow along with you. Where are you going for your complete cleanse? I wish you great health, a joyful heart and loving relationships in the new year and beyond.l

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    • December 10, 2015 at 7:22 pm
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      I am going to Optimum Health Institute, not far from my house. Did their program 17 years ago and feel it’s definitely time again. Happy holidays to you also!

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  • December 9, 2015 at 3:38 am
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    Love this idea. I’m going to give it a real go! Thanks!

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  • December 9, 2015 at 7:39 am
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    Hi Simone, What a awesome idea,we as humans are normally so lazy in implementing changes, so I would love to join you on this 30 day ritual of massive change. Come on guys lets make this a huge effort to change not only ourselves but our wonderful world that so needs this.

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  • December 9, 2015 at 3:04 pm
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    Love this idea! I am in!

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    • December 9, 2015 at 4:11 pm
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      So happy to have you onboard, Garima – also Desiree, Rana and Sylvia! We’re going to kick butt with this Challenge!

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  • December 9, 2015 at 9:40 pm
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    This is a wonderful plan, and I’m in! This is timely for me and I am now up for this positive challenge. I am, starting tomorrow the 10th Dec., off work until the 11th of January. I am so grateful to be in this position to start this beautiful challenge!

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  • December 10, 2015 at 12:34 am
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    I’m with ya. Already started. I created a jar: “Dump your gremlins here.” Writing the recurring thought down ‘gives it voice’ and frees my mind. Also, I learned to say, “that’s not my thought.” And ask my angel to dissolve it. In past month my life and my attitude have skyrocketed. I literally feel my Presence present.

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  • December 10, 2015 at 2:03 am
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    Great idea….count me in.

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    • December 12, 2015 at 6:18 pm
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      Wow that is great! It really seems to have struck a nerve. Perhaps because there’s been so much negative talk in the media lately. Best of luck…

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