To change my brain circuits or pathways to think positive and avoid negative, anxious thoughts, I need to constantly strengthen them in the paths that focus on good, wholesome and positive stuff. The more I travel those positive pathways, the weaker the negative thoughts get. Here are a few things I have found helpful.
My top favourite site is http://www.audioverse.org. They also have a free app. It is packed with interesting, inspiring Christian talks on all different topics – depression, family, conflict, abuse, the Christian walk, prophecy, etc.,
Cedarmont Kids Songs (one of the best for a show that is real-life and not over-stimulating for young children)
Steve Green ‘Hide ‘Em in Your Heart’.
Animated Hero Classics by ‘Nest’
The Berenstain Bears
Bindi the Jungle Girl
Educational/Reality for Children:
‘How It’s Made’ (a whole series on how things are produced).
‘Minute Earth’ (science videos for kids with simple explanations to interesting questions. I’m not into the ones promoting evolution)
‘The Greatest Adventure – Stories from the Bible’
The Beginners Bible for Kids
Bible Stories by ‘Nest’
‘The Miracle Worker’ (The story of Helen Keller)
‘Facing the Giants’
‘Luther’ (The story of Martin Luther)
‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman’ (a part funny/part serious Christian movie about divorce and relationships in general)
‘The Inn of the Sixth Happiness’ (a very old movie based on the true story of a brave lady who saved a lot of children during a war)
‘Courageous’ – highly recommended
‘World’s Strictest Parents’
‘Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed’ (a documentary by Ben Stein about the suppression of academics in the U.S. who believe in intelligent design)
‘Supersize Me’ (about McDonalds and fast food – very interesting!)
‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’. (about juicing and healthy eating – free movie online)
‘Keepers of the Flame’ by Dr. Allan Lindsay (an old-fashioned but interesting documentary that has some protestant history at the beginning)
Resources/Free Help and Tutorials:
Jamie Oliver’s ‘Foodtube’
‘Alejandra T.V.’ (Organising)
Dr. Ron Laura Matrix Body-building
Chloe Coscarelli (the ‘Hungry’ channel – a cooking resource)
How I judge viewing material: I don’t believe there is a black and white, one-size-fits-all approach, but I value material that is highly inspirational, educational, based on real life and with a practical focus, and preferably teaches that God, values and family are important.
I find much of the programming on T.V. (especially children’s programming) disturbing, because in most of it family is non-existent or else something that the characters don’t respect. I won’t go into details but I consider most children’s shows to be not only a waste of time, but harmful to the brains of those viewing it. T.V. and movies (and magazines) have one objective as their main priority – SELL, SELL, SELL. They are not there to help and baby-sit, they want to create consumers.
The Bible gives a guide for what to focus the thoughts on. It has helped my mind so much.
Philippians 4:8King James Version (KJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Here are the attributes above as a list. Is what I’m watching:
Of Good Report
I can guarantee most of Hollywood and entertainment T.V. fails on the very first point. God gives this guidance for my own happiness, and mental health. I almost ruined my mental health by filling my mind with crime shows, magazines, ‘chick flicks’, crime stories in magazines, fantasy and romance novels, and more. The imagination strengthened too much over-takes reality, and ruins happiness that can be found in the simple pleasures of life, and being grateful for everyday blessings.