Positive Thinking: Dosage Instructions

Girl happily thinking nice thoughts while walking on the beach.
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Why We Insist on Thinking

Our minds need to keep us safe and well.

Tiger in the wild. Our brain’s negativity bias helps us to avoid getting eaten by such things.
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The Counter-Productivity of Positivity

As with most things, positive thinking is imperfect. It’s like a bucket with holes. Helpful, but kinda not.

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a projector
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A large, pink-tinted cloud against a blue sky
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The buttons on an elevator — a symbol of our ability to shift from being up in our heads or down on the ground floor, sensing our experience.
Take control, make regular trips to the ground floor, where you’re feeling as opposed to thinking.

A Balancing Act

Awareness creates choice, and choice is our roadmap to happiness.

  • Notice when you’re attaching meaning, judgments and me-centric, thoughts to things. Consciously decide to let go of them.
  • Let in positive thoughts — aka what the wisest part of you feels is true. Just don’t dwell on them.
  • Shift your attention to what you’re sensing in the moment, as often as you can during the day. Feel the thing you’re touching. See the thing you’re looking at. Hear the thing you’re listening to, exactly as it is. Everything really is ok in this moment.
  • Lastly, don’t take the bait. Often, out of nowhere, a pesky positive thought will try to disturb the peace of true presence. Notice it, thank it, and then return your attention to feeling.
A reminder to be present and not get obsessive with our thinking. Image created using Canva
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A Conclusion to Our Conundrum

The power of positive thinking is undeniable. It’s a wise thing to do.

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Rachael Ebanks-Gold

Rachael Ebanks-Gold

Human. Cat mum. Awareness enthusiast. I write to uplift and empower. To remind us that gold glistens beneath the dark parts. Really, it does.