“M-body”ing Positivity

July 8th, 2010

Being positive is a “task” that is not just limited to the mind. It is not just limited to having optimistic thoughts to mask our negative ones. It is the marriage of our mind and body language working together to help us reach a state where we m-body positivity (m-body = mind + body).

We need to be conscious of our actions and our reactions to everything that we deal with in life. First step in doing this is admitting to ourselves that we harbor and project negative actions and reactions from time to time to different situations throughout the day. Once we can acknowledge this, we can turn this around. We can be conscious of this, understand the unnecessary stress it causes and avoid repeating the same negative habits.

I referred to being positive as a “task” because it seems that the majority of humans by default tend to have negative actions and reactions in a given situation. Therefore, it becomes our job to shift our consciousness and control what we project to others and onto ourselves.

…And true to form like most jobs- we have good days and bad days but we must not lose sight of the ultimate goal which is to be the best at what we do. Now let’s apply this to our lives. Let’s work on ourselves. Let’s focus on shifting our way of thinking and being. Let’s analyze our thoughts, actions and reactions as a test to create an ideal human prototype; a great role model for the next generation.

So are you ready for work? It starts now…

9 Responses to ““M-body”ing Positivity”

  1. RS says:

    absolutely…i agree that the fusion of the mind and body is the ultimate in being able to deal with anything “negative” that may cross our mind…

    i think the most important thing to come out with this is not that we can eliminate everything that is negative…we can for ourselves as is described here but rather to be able to allow our body and mind to dela with negative things beyond our control that somehow affect us…those, unfortunately will always be there…it is life…no question and definitely no control…but its how you make that negative moment positive, or deal and overcome it that is the greatest accomplishment

  2. Bhagwant Singh says:

    The gist of your blog is very true. The human by nature is consists of bad and good actions. Every human being cannot think positively even if he/she knows the impact of bad thinking. Some by nature will perform acts which harms others verbally, physically or emotionally. It the opposite to register and to response in positive manner. One should always collect the good and positive among the situation one is in. Keep up the good work and pulling in the positive direction is the solution to my of our worldly problems.

  3. Sheila says:

    Lately, I’ve been more foregiving of the ‘bad’ thoughts. I’ve been allowing them to just be without trying to ‘change’ them. My general tendency is to try to be positive. It’s kind of liberating to allow the negative to just be (without making it ‘bad’). I kind of like this ‘new state’. Less pressure than always working at being positive and happy. Interesting…

  4. navleen says:

    negtve thought take us into the wrng way”… n may cause harm to us as well as to our love 1s”..

    and to make others hapy 1 has to b hapy 4m insde”… n tht all wil cme frm postve attitude 2wards lyf”….
    and gud n bad days r cup of our tea”…”but we must not lose sight of the ultimate goal which is to be the best at what we do”….

  5. Jhaag says:

    I think it’s important to embrace our thoughts and feelings and acknowledge them. As most of you mentioned, the problem is when we focus on the negative thoughts so much that they consume us. I have always felt that people project on to others what they feel about themselves. For example, if someone is always paranoid that people are talking about them, chances are, they are talking about others. The way you see yourself is the way you will see others. I am not saying this is always the case, but it is a general outlook that we have on life and others. It is a lot of work being positive all the time- but i think what helps to eliviate some of the pressure, is by taking the situation and thinking about the pros and the cons. That way you are still able to acknowledge your feelings and you can respect the good ones and the bad ones in regards to the particular situation.

  6. jfender says:

    I have been listening (reading) hans for while now, everything I have read have truly made sense and comforting. I know I have a lot of work to do with the way I react to bad things that happen in my life.

  7. Sheila says:

    We all have negative and positive sides…moments. Trying to be positive all the time creates stress. Being aware of the negative moments…letting them be and then very gently allowing them to shift to a more positive state is an art.

    Many years ago I read a book called “Cutting through Spiritual Materialism” by Ringpa Rinpoche (I believe he’s the author). It rung so true. For example, boasting about how long you can meditate is no different from boasting about how big your bank account is. Feeling superiour to others because you’re (possibly) more positive than they are is still feeling superiour.

    The trick is to be, to pay attention to whatever is happening and then gently rock yourself toward the light. That’s what I’ve learnt.

  8. Lu says:

    I think it’s important to embrace our thoughts and feelings and acknowledge them. As most of you mentioned, the problem is when we focus on the negative thoughts so much that they consume us. I have always felt that people project on to others what they feel about themselves. For example, if someone is always paranoid that people are talking about them, chances are, they are talking about others. The way you see yourself is the way you will see others. I am not saying this is always the case, but it is a general outlook that we have on life and others. It is a lot of work being positive all the time- but i think what helps to eliviate some of the pressure, is by taking the situation and thinking about the pros and the cons. That way you are still able to acknowledge your feelings and you can respect the good ones and the bad ones in regards to the particular situation.
    +1

  9. Paully says:

    Thank you everyone for you great posts. Sorry for my delayed response. I appreciate each and every one of your comments.

    @Jhaag – I agree it seems to be the case that whenever we are not happy or at peace with our own self that we tend to carry over and project our issues/problems onto others. It is the easier route then to fully examine that the issue could really be within us. There’s a reason they say “misery loves company” but we need to be conscious of what we are doing to feed this unhealthy cycle.

    @Sheila
    A couple of years I read Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth” and since then I have tried to apply his teachings about not labeling things as “good” or “bad”. Letting them just be as you have mentioned as well, “this too, shall pass” right?

    I will definitely be picking up that book “Cutting through Spiritual Materialism” that you referred to.
    :)

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