Being positive: Myth or fact?
In this agitated world, with many unfavorable facts that harm day by day, I am often being asked about what can we do to stay optimistic. News as slaughters in New Zealand and Sri Lanka, air catastrophes as those on Ethiopia and Russia, respectively, or the cyclones in India and Africa, make us feel vulnerable.
The first thing we need to know is that the key attitude towards life is not outside or in the environment, but within us. Being positive is the antidote that has allowed me to design the life that I want to create. And, how can it be achieved? We must begin learning to change paradigms, to transform into positive all the things that now we consider as negative.
According to researchers from Mayo Clinic, a positive attitude towards life allow us to overcome our inner negative talk, but also it helps to reduce stress, increase life expectancy, to decrease depression and suffering levels, to build a greater capability of resilience and a lower risk of cardiovascular illness, among others benefits.
So, the key questions here are: how is your inner talk? does it prevail positive attitude? Or, on the contrary, are you your most fierce opponent? What if you try to change those repetitive-negative thoughts into new repetitive-positive ones? What if things are not as bad as you may think? What if the good things you deserve starts happening to you?
That’s why one of the seven keys that I dedicate a whole meditation is the one related to optimism.
Optimism is not an innocent hope either the simple believe that something good is going to happen: it’s a proactive state of mind. It is acting to make good things happen. “You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up,” said writer Richelle E. Goodrich.
Also, we can’t forget the importance of living in gratitude. When we show our gratitude, we get into an infinite honorable circle. Even we can’t control the circumstances, we can create strategies to adapt our actions towards facts that life shows us.