These days it has become fashionable to advise: Be Positive…have positive thoughts…don’t think negative..!
I thought of exploring this further
Why positive.. when we see so much negativity all around? Are we running away from reality?
When I looked at my own ‘internal’ dynamics over years..and over different situations , I started seeing the merits of following assertions:
- Positive thoughts generate mental energy, Negative thoughts deplete our energy
- Positive thoughts build enthusiasm, Negative thoughts puts us in despair
- Positive thoughts inspire and motivate people around while Negative thoughts generate cynicism.
- Positive approach leads to creative solutions to a problem while a disturbed mind under Negative thoughts will only show confusion
- Healthy mind with Positive thoughts lead to healthy body.
We have seen people dancing tirelessly in a Garba/rock or a Bhangra event. Can you imagine them doing so if their thoughts are negative at that time? Well, those under a strong influence of negative thoughts will not even go for such events! They would prefer to stay aloof.
Often, we may neither be thinking Negative, nor Positive! What we may be thinking at these times could be termed as “Waste”. It is important to take lessons from the past or to plan for future. If we, however, keep brooding over what happened in the past or keep worrying about future without planning , we are only wasting our thought energy.
Let us look at it this way: the starting point of any action is a thought. If I use my thoughts towards achieving my life goals, the thought will take me forward. If I allow my mind to just think at random , whatever comes to my mind, I am wasting that very important resource of mine
Perhaps we can say that :
Efficiency of Mind = No of Useful ThoughtsX 100 / No of Total Thoughts
Hence it is important for us to increase the numerator and reduce the denominator. In other words, increase the Positive/Useful thoughts and reduce the Negative and waste thoughts.
But how to follow this requirment all the time?…or at least ,most of the time?
For this , we need to look at the fundamental question:
“ How thoughts are generated in our mind?”
I intend to take this up next….