Monday, November 28, 2011

Manic Monday: Keeping Positive

One of the biggest drains on our mental and physical energy is negativity.  Have you ever noticed that when you're around people who complain a lot, you feel very tired and sometimes even depressed?  Negative people can sometimes feel like energy vampires.  If you pay close attention, you will find that many people tend to focus on the negative a lot, and you might even be one of them.  If you are, that's okay.  Don't beat yourself up about it.  It's easy to fall into a trap of complaining and negativity, especially when it's all around you.

On the flip side, there's the overly positive person that seems to be almost out of touch with reality.  They take positive thinking and a good attitude almost to an extreme.  This can also be exhausting.  Life is full of ups and downs and we all need a little bit of balance.  However, keeping positive about the events in your life without entering into a denial phase is possible and healthy.

Reacting negatively to situations blocks creativity and reason.  Finding a solution to the problem or challenge becomes more difficult and delays results.  On the other hand, putting on a fake smile and pretending that the problem will just solve itself because of positive thinking is lazy and just as useless.  Positive thinking means finding a way to think positively about the situation so you can change it or accept it.  Usually, this requires a shift in your perception about the problem.  What lesson can I learn from this?  How can I transform this into something that is beneficial and useful?  Asking these kinds of questions will help you to relax, but will also open your mind up to solutions.

For chronic problems (money challenges, complaining, addiction, etc.), there are many tools that can help you move toward your goals.  As we discussed in an earlier blog, writing down your goals is a great way to get focused on what you want.  Also, affirmations and visualizations before, during or after meditation can be extremely beneficial in focusing on the positive and moving toward what you want.

Remember that being more positive takes practice just like anything else.   Start to notice how you feel when you or other people are negative.  When you notice this, change your perception to something positive without going into a fantasy land.  Focus on the source of the negativity but create a positive view of it.  Over time, this will become easier.  You'll soon find that you'll start to attract more positive people, feel better about yourself, have a better view of your future, and react better to stressful situations.  Be healthy!

Mystic Merman  

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