Kick them out
"Don't let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out."--Robert Tew
Whenever bad vibes in the form of veiled insults and innuendos, and others, are thrown at me, at the office or at home, I tend to overreact. My blood starts to boil; I become red-faced; my blood pressure shoots up. It's either I explode; or I clam up; seething, very angry inside, like a volcano ready to spew lava. The feeling is also like gagging, retching to the point of vomiting whenever I've eaten bad food.
That's the time my elephant calls his many friends. They rampage; thundering, they run towards me. The thought of them stampeding and seeing myself dead in their circle is just, counter-intuitively, very calming.
Because it's a cue for me to stop my negative thoughts.
My elephants are teaching me to filter thoughts and which I would allow my mind to linger on. They are teaching me to weigh people (or events or thoughts) that deserve space in my head.
Image Credit » https://pixabay.com/en/elephant-namibia-africa-84186/ by pgeyr