Spend any amount of time online at all and you will be practically drowned in negativity.
Between COVID-19, social unrest, horrific politics, greed, corruption, world affairs, and all the rest of the happenings of 2020 — it is simply too much. So much uncertainty, so many things making little to no sense. Fear and anger at levels I’ve certainly never experienced before.
The scales of the Universe are currently out-of-whack. I think it’s rather obvious how much things are skewed to negative and negativity in the face of all of this. Whatever form that’s taking, it can all-too-easily feel overwhelming.
The Universe, while massively abundant, tends to work in balance. Harmony. Yin and Yang. This being the case, when negativity becomes too dominant positivity needs to be applied to combat it.
Like many organizations and groups out there today, lots of people view positivity in a toxic way. Denial of all negative and a forced, false positivity with blinders on to improve life, the Universe, and everything.
The problem right off the bat with this is a denial of the balance. You cannot wipe-out or ignore the negative in favor of the positive. They need each other.
It can feel thoroughly impossible to be, find, and/or create positivity with all the things happening in the world. What’s more, it can feel disingenuous to seek and/or create positive in these times.
But it is not some grand, overarching catchall that you need. It can be extremely simple.
Find positivity in the little things using mindfulness and gratitude
You need not search high and low and for grand gestures to find positivity. It doesn’t take a ton of effort and endless work to create, either. All you need are mindfulness and gratitude.
Mindfulness is conscious awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. This awareness is in the now, the present, at this moment. You take control of your conscious self, rather than allowing your subconscious to do the driving.
This is imminently positive because it puts you in the driver’s seat. You assume control of your mindset/headspace/psyche over your subconscious mind. With that control, you can make choices and decisions that will help you find and/or create positives in the face of negative.
For example, you can choose to stop digesting news media. By all means, stay informed — but don’t dig to the deepest depths. No good comes of that. Unless you have a job or option to truly DO something about a given issue, there’s seldom a need to be overwhelmed by everything about it.
When mindful, you can choose things that make you feel good. Cat videos, silly cartoons, music, podcasts, and blogs that focus on good over bad.
Then there is gratitude. Being grateful and thankful for anything at all, big or small, is positive. Ultimately, gratitude is a two-way street. You can give and get it in equal parts — and both will feel good and be positive.
There is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. It can be eyes to read these words, your sense of smell to inhale the coffee brewing, your ears to listen to birdsong out your window, people you love — take your pick. There is always something.
Mindfulness and gratitude also go hand in hand. They open you to potential and possibility and, of course, positivity therein.
Keep your subconscious mind at bay
With all the information available at our fingertips, it is all too easy to get overwhelmed by the bad things happening in the world at large. Then, just to add insult to injury, the lack of kindness and empathy on the part of our so-called leaders and lots of other selfish people is disheartening and distressing.
When you go about your daily routines it’s easy to let your subconscious mind have you on autopilot. However, when you spend too much time unaware and not conscious of mindfulness, you are open to absorbing all of that negativity out there.
We live in a fear-based society. The reality of the collective consciousness is afraid and scared of many things. On top of the fear base, we are always being sold quick-fixes and instant gratification.
Frequently, these treat symptoms of the fear but don’t attack it at its core. Of course, that’s largely by design. Fear is how those “in power” stay in power.
You only can think, feel, and act for yourself. By practicing mindfulness, you can be more present in the here-and-now, aware of what you are thinking, what and how you are feeling, and the actions you take and intentions behind them. Consciousness of this is control of it.
You can only change yourself. So why not start by working to be more positive to help tip the unbalanced scales of the Universe?
Balance begins with me and you
If you and I are negative, we contribute our negativity to the collective consciousness. But if we are positive, we contribute THAT to the collective world awareness.
Look, nobody is positive all the time. That’s impossible. Shit happens. But what you do when shit happens is yours to control. It’s okay to feel negative — but it’s on you to choose to release it in time and move on.
You have control of your overall mindset/headspace/psyche. Hence, you get to choose if you take a positive or negative approach to life.
I know a lot of people whose default setting is negative. Look, I totally get that — I used to default to the down, too. However, that not only puts you in a bad place — but it contributes to the darkness within the collective consciousness, too.
You can’t ignore nor deny negativity in the world. Nor should you. But you can choose your approach, to be mindful and aware of you and your environment, and to direct and control your mindset/headspace/psyche.
When you are better balanced between positive and negative, you can choose more positives to impact the greater good and collective consciousness. You are more powerful and capable of impacting the world than you realize. When you have balance, you can share that and help bring balance to the world at large, too.
Finding and/or creating positivity isn’t hard — but it does require thought, feeling, and action
Knowing that you are capable of choosing how you think, feel, and act, you can choose to approach things from a place of feeling good or feeling bad. When you see that positivity in you is a part of your balance, you can choose — if you default to negative — to use positivity to re-center. This gives you balance. That ultimately empowers you.
When you feel empowered, your mindfulness increases, you become more aware overall, and that can spread to people around you. It can create a feedback loop of awareness and positivity.
As such, you can build more positive feelings and discover more reasons to feel positivity and gratitude. That can be the impetus to improve numerous aspects of your life for the better, help overcome the overwhelming negativity of the current situation, and generate yet more positivity and gratitude.
That can then spread to change the world for the better.
An attitude of gratitude is an attitude of immense positivity that can generate even more good energies — and that, like you, is always worthwhile.
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you and I matter, as do our contributions to the balance of the Universe.
Originally published at http://titaniumdon.com on June 15, 2020.