“Constantly apply cheerfulness, if for no other reason than because you are on this spiritual path. Have a sense of gratitude to everything, even difficult emotions, because of their potential to wake you up.” -Pema Chödrön
I believe that within every person, within our core..we are good. It is pure and can be accessed in many ways. Reprograming our thought processes back to that goodness, can change your life. Over time this could change the way we view things + the way we think and affect others.
I say this because I can relate. For a long time, it was easy for me to view life through a negative lens. Even if there wasn’t a reason to. Living with this mindset really sucks, especially when I knew deep down within me was something different . I let my fears and anxieties take over any other emotions and it became an unhealthy habit. I didn’t even understand I lived this way until certain things happened and I was woken up. It catches up to you, and I now live seeing the goodness that surrounds me. Even during hard times I focus in on that positive mindset.
When you feel so controlled by the negative, it is so difficult to attempt to altar these ways. If you can relate to this at all, if you are feeling stuck, or as if you aren’t living for what you know are the right reasons, It isn’t too late to turn in the right direction. Or starting to do small things everyday that over time will become second nature.
When I think of the times living with such a false mindset, I understand that self-control wasn’t there. I allowed the emptiness to take over and focused on the wrong things. When I should have been going outside enjoying the sunsets and listening to the birds, I shut my bedroom door and listened to music. Tuning the world out, shutting away my true feelings and distracting myself with social media/things that didn’t even matter. I mean, without those times I may not be who I am today, but it was definitely a hard lesson to learn-alone. But all by myself I made the decision to stop living that way. I sometimes catch myself thinking negatively and acting out of fear and it terrifies me. I don’t ever want to let a negative way of thinking take over me so much- life is too short. It is too short to not value the goodness within us and all around us. During the highs and lows of life we should do everything we can to never take for granted what we have been given, who loves us, and how much potential we all obtain.
No matter our past or what the future may hold let that goodness within you, take over. Live your life out of love focusing as much as you can on the positive. What happens won’t disappoint you I promise.