What do you practice?
What do you do over and over each day?

Whatever you're practicing- you are getting better at.

If you are practicing soccer (like my son), you are getting better at soccer.
If you are practicing video games (like my other son), you are becoming a better gamer.

Likewise, if you are practicing negative thoughts, you are getting better at thinking them.
If you are practicing being mean and cruel to yourself, you are getting good at self-abuse.
If you are practicing escaping your thoughts/feelings with alcohol or food, that is a skill you are perfecting.

Stop right now and watch your thoughts for a minute. Does this come naturally to you?  Have you been practicing observing yourself from a place of compassion?  Do you know where your mind tends to go when it is not being managed?

I have noticed a huge change in my mind's tendencies since I have begun "practicing" good-feeling thoughts.  I used to take time to watch and write down all the thoughts that went through my mind when I was feeling incredibly depressed or anxious.  I noticed that each and every thought was negative, mean and mostly untrue.  After a few years of consciously managing my thoughts, I notice that most of them are now supportive, positive, and true.

I have practiced thinking.
I have deliberately thought new, fresh, and good thoughts as a practice.
I have intentionally questioned and replaced negative feeling thoughts the minute they surface to my awareness.

As a result of this practice, I have gotten very good at this sport of mind management.  I feel good most of the time.

At what do you want to get better?

Are you practicing?

learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing
dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are
the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.”

-Martha Graham