How Is Practical Positivity Truly Possible in This Crazy World?
It is way too easy, currently, to see the world as being on fire.
The news media is all about doom and gloom — because that sells. And so, we’re inundated and bombarded by an onslaught of negative, bad news.
Take your pick — partisan politics, the situation in the Ukraine, COVID, Brexit, teacher and care-worker shortages, supply-chain issues, and more. None of this is pleasant.
For a long time now, I’ve been preaching the positivity gospel, so to speak. Not in a toxic, ignore-and-disregard-all-negativity way. More in a you-get-to-choose way.
While I still believe that positivity is empowering and can do a lot of good — I have a new appreciation for it in a different way. Practical positivity is not seeking to find and/or create positivity to change your life. It’s much more about your overall approach to life, the Universe, and everything.
The role of mindfulness
Allow me to get right to the heart of the matter. Each and every one of us is empowered with the ability to be mindful.
Mindfulness is conscious awareness — in the present, here and how — of who, what, where, how, when, and why we are. This is achieved through being consciously aware of our sensory input combined with our thoughts, feelings, actions, and intentions.
Being consciously aware — present in and at the moment — is mindfulness. That informs us of both what’s going on around us as well as what’s within us.
Being mindful puts us in touch with all three elements of our greater selves. Meaning?
- Conscious mind. Our mindset/headspace/psyche self in the here and now.
- Subconscious mind. Our values, beliefs, and habits at their roots.
- Ego. How we perceive ourselves as well as how we project who we are to the world.
When we’re present and mindful in this moment, we can see how these are interconnected. And that shows us ourselves in stark clarity.