no, not the kind that come out of chickens,
instead this stands for:
Emotional Guidance System
I'm doing an experiment. For the next 30 days I'm working on eliminating every thought from my mind that is not positive; this is my latest self-development process in becoming a true 100% optimist. I realize that negative thoughts are like the rain; and sadness is also a fully viable emotion - but never the less I'm using this trick that really seems to be working; it goes like this:
every time I feel that my thoughts are not positive [and I catch myself thinking non-positive thoughts] I just say to myself: E.G.S.
This is either enough to get my thoughts back on positive-track [positive mans: something that feels nice, right, good, correct, proper etc.]; or if it is not, I just keep repeating the letters EGS to myself over and over until I feel ready to make a positive thought instead. It works thus a bit like a mantra; because your brain can't construct negative thoughts if its too busy repeating the words EGS to itself... thus it provides an empty space for myself to either be at one with my emotional state ***without thoughts*** [so that I can release and experience the thought without judgment] and/or for me to switch my emotional state to positive; if its ready to do so.
EGS is an interesting acronym to repeat to myself; because while I am repeating the letters I sometimes also think: "what did that mean again? oh yeah: Emotional Guidance System" this word-image is quite cool, because it implies that I now have a system that guides me; a way to keep myself floating irregardless of happenings. Another acronym would have worked just fine, I just happened to come up with EGS, and its been working.
Why this? Why now? and Why 30 days?
I'd like to really be even more of an optimist than I already am; its interesting because I find that being a 'realist/pessimist' was easy: you just decide thats what you are, and then your set. But being an optimist is a life-long mission; it seems that its an ongoing perfecting-process; you are never quite done, there is always another level, another layer; something new to learn...
30 days is something which came up recently. I was telling this guy that it takes 15 or so days for a human to adapt to ANY condition; after 15 days it feels 'normal' if you are in jail or on hollidays. It becomes hard after those 15 days to imagine life as anything other than what it is/has been... this is the human-adaptive advantage [sometimes disadvantage of course].
However this guy said that to apply self-change; through self-discipline, it takes double the time: 30 days. 30 days to change a habit, or to quit something.
So, I figure if I can apply non-stop positive thoughts for 30 days, I should notice some kind of change that I can then take forward with me in time indefinetly. I'm in day 5 now; so still many weeks to go... November 6th will be about 30 days. Wow, so much is bound to happen in the next 30 days... as at the moment every week is a compltly different experience!
As for why this is at all useful; well, I really believe in the power of the mind to create reality. I'm a firm believer that everything that happens in our lives, we attract/[co]create. So if my thoughts are all positive; then more positive things will continue to occur in my life. Positive thoughts stimulate health, awareness, kindness, love, generosity... the list is endless - and even if all it does is change /improve my disposition, our mental states are so easily picked up upon my others.
It also ties into: radical self reliance and radical self expression.
I am 100% emotionally self reliant: ie my positive state of mind is permanent and [for the most part] unmodifiable by external conditions. This includes everything from relationships, location, health, finance etc.
I am 100% self expressive because if I am expressing myself fully: i automatically feel good about what i am doing. If I feel good about what i am doing, then I am following my E.G.S. - in reverse: following E.G.S. means that to feel good about myself, i am expressing who i am to the fullest extent I want to express myself - its a chicken-egg loop.
For those who know the movie: 'the secret' this entire concept of E.G.S. occurs in that [far too american-consumerist-culture but still valuable] documentary.
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