Negative thinking has its own way of creeping into our thoughts, no matter how much we hold on to positive thinking.

Seeking advice to combat the negative thoughts that are lurking in our minds is the best way to do. There’s a lot of suggestions out there, but the one that resonates well are the ones offered by Paramahansa Yogananda, an Indian Buddhist Master.

The wisdom he offered is easy to follow giving you the strength to face your inner demons instead of running away.

Here are the 5 steps in defeating negative thinking:

1. Release your attachments.

There are a lot of things you could be attached to such as your desires for personal importance, power or control over anything or anyone, or to be well thought of and respected. You may also be attached to your possessions, bodily health, and well-being or may identify yourself with your body.

Attachments to these things make you feel fearful. The more you attached yourself to possessions, personal power or reputation, the more afraid you will become. It is the attachment that is making you afraid of losing these things.

When you feel you have nothing to protect, you feel fearless. Fearlessness will only come when you are unattached.

2. Release your worries.

Take a fasting on worry. Minimize your worries by doing a ‘worry fasts’ three times daily. Take one hour in the morning, one hour in the afternoon, and one or more hours in the evening. Never allow any worries to come to your mind within these periods.

Once you have mastered it, you may extend it to a whole day, a week or a month. Until you realize that your life has become worry-free.

3. Associate yourself with joyful people and go on a laughter diet.

Find joyful people who laugh a lot and constantly surround yourself with them. These are the people whose laughter is contagious as if nothing can stop them. Be with them for a while until your life is filled with sunshine.

4. Quiet your heart.

It is in the heart where fear loves to reside. Should illness or accident overcome you, focus on your breathing. Inhale and exhale deeply, slowly, and rhythmically. Do this several times and try to relax with each exhale. This normalizes your circulation. When your heart is quiet, fear cannot enter it.

5. Control your mind.

Your mind is one tremendous instrument of protection God has ever given. If there is a part of you that must be strengthened to its fullest potential, it must be your mind. When you get hold of your mind, you are able to control it and keep it attuned, leading you to the secret of a happy and successful existence. By exercising your mind power, you are attuning it to God in meditation.