The Gift of Positivity: 5 Minute Journal Practice

ON June 8, 2017

Life is hard to predict. One day we wake up feeling great and our day goes smoothly. The next day, we find out terrible news or realize our car won’t start. The way we choose to respond next directly influences the nature of our reality.

Keeping a positive mindset depends on our ability to be mindful in the face of challenges. The old adage goes, “the one thing in life you can control is your attitude.”

Of course, we are all human, and we can’t expect to be happy all of the time. We can, however, choose to see negative experiences simply as they are, without attaching added judgments or anxiety. Focusing on staying positive doesn’t mean we forgo other emotions like grief, disappointment, or anger either.

Dr. Ayelet Krieger, Namaste Teacher

 

Staying positive simply means we do not get wrapped up in the hurricane of negativity. Instead, we channel that energy into productivity. How can we learn from this situation? What opportunities now arise? Staying positive means admiring the opportunity to grow from negative situations.

Focusing on staying positive doesn’t mean we forgo other emotions like grief, disappointment, or anger either. Staying positive simply means we do not get wrapped up in the hurricane of negativity. Instead, we channel that energy into productivity. How can we learn from this situation? What opportunities now arise? Staying positive means admiring the opportunity to grow from negative situations.

Just like the strength we build in pursuit of a steady chaturanga, so must we build our ability to maintain a positive outlook on life. It is a daily practice.  Every day when we wake up it is an opportunity to live better.

 

Margi Young, Namaste Teacher

 

There is also an inherently kind aspect to staying positive. When we are more aware of our attitude and keep a good perspective on life we have more power to support the people around us. We’ve all experienced how negativity can bring down the vibe for everyone. Working to keep a positive outlook uplifts and inspires the people you love and surround yourself with.

In honor of our 30 Days of Kindness Challenge, here is a small meditation exercise you can try to curb negativity and live with more kindness!

Journal Prompt

Step One: Write down three negative experiences you’ve had in the last 30 days.

Step Two: Write out why these were negative? How did they make you feel?

Step Three: Take a moment to look at the list, close your eyes, and take 5 deep breaths of acknowledgment. Allow yourself to feel these emotions without judgment.

Step Four: Write out 3 ways in which each experience led to either a) a new possibility or b) a chance to realize something new about yourself.

 

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