Up til now I’ve practiced feeling good about things in my life and it’s improved my baseline mood to the point where I can feel good all day.
Reaching a new stage like “feeling good all day” naturally raises my expectations and desire for more. Contrast helps me focus on what I want, higher levels of feeling good.
Without planning or trying I’ve started to address thoughts and feelings closer to home and my own self and identity.
These are thoughts about my self-worth and how I carry myself in the world; and it’s exciting and gratifying to feel that all my focus on feeling better is now transforming the bedrock of my daily life.
It feels good to feel good. This tautology applies as much to my thoughts about myself as to thoughts about the world.
I don’t worry about world events anymore because it feels good to trust that everything is unfolding according to a higher plan.
And in the same way I can feel proud of myself for all I have accomplished. The feeling of pride and appreciation is accessible right now, and no action is required (or able) to justify or earn it.
The old patterns of thought I created were to protect me from painful emotions. I don’t need them anymore because the answer to painful emotions is not defensiveness or protection but a deliberate practice of finding better-feeling thoughts instead.