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Positive Thinking Acknowledges Negative Thoughts

For the last several years, there has been a lot of focus on the power of positive thinking. And for many people, that means it is not okay to have a negative thought or feeling which…I don’t have to tell you this…is impossible. We’re humans, not robots…

And besides that, it is virtually impossible (unless you are an enlightened Buddha), and it’s also very unhealthy; when we repress parts of ourselves, they don’t go away so much as they get buried deep within us, and they often manifest in dangerous ways. On the other hand, if we allow ourselves to be fully human, honoring all the thoughts, feelings, and moods that pass through us on a given day, we create a more conscious relationship with ourselves. Instead of blocking out thoughts and feelings that we label as negative, we can simply observe them and then let them wash over us like water. They only get stuck when we react to them negatively, pushing them down and out of sight where they get lodged in our unconscious minds. A healthier solution might be to develop a practice of following any negative thought we may have with a positive thought. This works well because positive thoughts are many times more powerful than negative thoughts (even though we dwell on the latter more).

Rather than setting our minds up in such a way that we become fearful of the contents of our consciousness, blocking out anything that is less than 100 percent positive, we might resolve to develop a friendlier attitude toward ourselves, trusting in our inherent goodness. When we recognize our true inner worth, a few dark clouds passing through our minds will not intimidate us. A mantra I like to repeat when I’m not going through my best days is, “Siempre que llovió, paró.” Eventually, the sun comes out again. Nothing in this world is permanent – not even your problems.

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