Thich Nhat Hanh describes “applied Buddhism” as something that can be used in every circumstance to shed light on the situation and help solve the problem. We can use applied Buddhism to help us manifest whatever behavior we want.
Venerable Khenpo Karten Rinpoche, renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar and teacher, advises us to catch each thought and if it is negative, restrain it, if it is going in a positive direction, encourage it. He goes on to say we need to focus on the present moment and observe our thoughts and guide our minds. He reminds us to check our motivations and our intentions throughout the day, to look at our thoughts and consider whether they’re negative or positive. If our motivation is good and our intention is good, then positive actions and results will follow. Do our thoughts work against our new way of eating, or do they encourage us in it? For example, do we tell ourselves we’re happy with our new eating, or tell ourselves we’re deprived? If we tell ourselves we’re deprived, we’re much less likely to stick with it.