Positive Mental Attitude

Positive Mental Attitude

by Jayaram V

Today's sorrow hides in its bosom the joys of tomorrow. Adversity is the soil in which you sow the seeds of success. The rains that came today and ruined your paths would soon make the earth green and abundant.

In the womb of loss is the seed of gain. The storms and tempests that devastate life on earth also enable us to start life afresh. The night that invokes in us fearful thoughts, also reveals to us the beauty and majesty of star filled heavens.

Life is what we make of it.

Life is as we think about it.

Life is what we want it to be.

Life is a mixture of colors that we choose and put on an otherwise empty canvas. We see what we want to see, accept those we believe in and ignore those that do not interest us.

This is the wisdom of the ages, ancient as well as modern.

So think positively. Even amidst difficulties hope for the best. Keep courage. With faith in your heart and confidence in yourself, you can surmount all your problems. Know with certainty that after darkness there can only be light.

Positive Psychology
Boris Cyrulnik, a French Psychologist (1937-) proposed that some people develop resilience in the face of problems and bounce back from the tragedies they face, while some are crushed by them and continue to suffer. He also suggested that resilient people find meaning in hardship and use humor and positive emotions to wade through difficulties. They are able to see positive outcomes even when the current situation is not in their favor. Resilient people are not less emotional, nor do they suppress their emotions. Instead, they accept the challenges they face as learning opportunities and use their strengths to move forward. Hence it is not useful to label children who have faced trauma as hopeless when they are going through difficulties or coping with their past injuries.

Your suffering is but a part of your spiritual evolution upon earth. It sets in motion a purifying process, which ultimately leads to your awakening and enlightenment. If you look at the world with thoughts of love, full of compassion, you have little chance to live in despair. If you look at yourselves with understanding and unconditional love you have no reason to be unhappy.

How often we spend our lives, feeling unhappy and inadequate about ourselves! How often we crush ourselves, with thoughts of self-criticism! How often we injure others, with our vehemence and frustration! How many relations we lose, because we are too judgmental and critical about others!

Remember, a positive mind accepts everything and accommodates every thought, however inimical the thought may be. In the home of a positive mind all are welcome. Everything lives there, with a dignity of its own.

A positive mind is a liberated mind. Liberate yourselves from all forms of pettiness and selfishness, if you want to be a true optimist.

Remember, happiness is an invention of the mind. So invent your happiness through positive thinking, with your feet firmly on the ground, without losing yourselves in day dreaming, but ready to do the battles of life.

THE OPTIMIST'S WORLD VIEW

We can make ourselves happy or unhappy out of the same situation. We have this capacity, to create for ourselves, our events and situations, out of our own thinking. At each turn in our lives, we have a choice to make.

On earth each is a creator, creating his or her own life, through the medium of thoughts.

Our experiences are but part of the little fiction that we create in our minds about ourselves and about the world around us. Our moods, emotions and feelings do not depend upon what life offers to us, but on how we receive the incoming information and react to it.

Happiness or unhappiness, courage or timidity, and love or hatred, are but our own illusions and little indulgences in the pursuit of life. It is through our thoughts that we shape our lives, implement our decisions, indulge in actions, aim to realize our dreams and seek the joys and pleasures of life.

The positive thinker reacts positively to all the events in his life. He controls his reactions and interpretations and there by his feelings and emotions.

He knows well that he can control himself, but not the external world. He knows well that in order to be happy and contended, he must learn to react positively to every event, however unpleasant it may be to others.

He thereby accepts full responsibility for the choices he makes and the consequences he faces, without blaming any one for his fortunes or misfortunes.

Source: Reproduced partially from the article, "Becoming Aware of Yourself" from the book Think Success by Jayaram V. You may purchase this book from our online store

Suggestions for Further Reading

About Think Success: In 44 well written articles presented in this books, you are introduced to a treasure trove of transformational wisdom. By following the suggestions given in this book, you can achieve success and happiness and live. It is written by Jayaram V, author of several books and hundreds of essays about Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Spirituality and Self-help. This book is currently available at our Online Store (for residents of USA, Canada, UK and some other countries only).

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