Sticking To The Basics: Positive Thinking

It was a long, hard Summer; a breathtaking Fall; and a disappointing start to Winter.

The last six months have been . . . well, eventful.  Although I’ve been in New Mexico almost 6 months now, circumstances have been such that I am really just now settling into settling in because so much has happened since I answered “the call” to come to the desert.

As I turn my attention to the present moment, I find peace and as much hope about what the future holds as I have ever had.  Initially, my peaceful state of mind on this particular day was somewhat surprising to me because recent events have given rise to a tremendous amount of emotional pain for me.  In short, it is a difficult time — the third “difficult time” I’ve had in the last 6 months.

At first, I had to do a self-check and ask myself, “Why are you so calm right now?  Have you misplaced your mind again?”  To the best of my knowledge, no; I feel great and I seem to be thinking pretty clearly.  Check — mind is not lost.

I decided to just enjoy the equanimity and not question it.  But then I realized that, not less than a few hours ago, I was feeling the sorrow of this current situation; and it really hurt.  What had taken me from feeling all that pain just a few hours ago back to peace and joy so quickly?

Check again — yes, mind appears to still be in place.  

Then I realized what had happened.  It was a wonderful affirmation for me; and I’d like to share it with you.

After feeling the pain I needed to feel (at least for today), I had turned my attention back to all the things in my life I have to be grateful for, including my amazing friends and loved ones who have been helping me through this difficult time.  I did some work on the blog’s Fan Page, looked for new quotes for the Twitter feed tomorrow, and read a couple of articles from some of my favorite bloggers.  I was focusing on the positive aspects of what is in my life right now. While I am certain the unpleasant feelings will return as this situation continues to unfold, I was not dwelling on it.  I had redirected my attention and my energy; and it made all the difference in the way I felt.  My mind was on the positive aspects of Life and Living; and it felt great.  Then something wonderful happened.

While I was checking in on Twitter, I received a tweet from one of my Twitter friends, @HeartNewsOnline.  The tweet included a link to a post I wrote back in February with a message that said, “I needed this today. tx :).

Any time and every time I receive feedback from a reader letting me know they found something they needed in my work, my heart leaps with joy and I do this very silly little happy clap.  I did the happy clap; and then I read the post again.

What I realized after reading that post I had written ten months ago is that the reason I am able to “keep it together” right now is because I have been living what I write . . . practicing what I teach . . . and loving and living Life just the way it needs to be loved and lived.  That attitude, that way of Being, is what works for me and what helps me all the time — not just on sunny days and exciting times.

I stick to the basics of happiness, healing, and self-realization; and it works.  Practicing positive thinking is, by my estimation, one of the most important aspects of creating a happy mind and a happy life.  That being the case, I’m bringing the post back by popular demand (kind of).  To read it, simply click below.  Hope you enjoy it!

On Practicing Positive Thinking

Posted on February 1, 2012 by Sloan Edit

HOW POSITIVE THINKING RELATES TO HAPPINESS Happiness means something different to each of us. Although there are dictionaries that define it as “good fortune, contentment, pleasure and joy,” those terms are just as unique to each of us as happiness. For me, happiness and peace are interchangeable concepts. Peace used to be an abstract and […]

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  1. Your honesty is always refreshing Sloan. I appreciate your authenticity. Great post. Blessings, Cathie

  2. Thanks, Cathie. Have a wonderful day! S

  3. A lovely articles which makes us realize how important it is to be positive in our mind. Thank you my friend for spreading positivity.

  4. Excellent! Thank you for sharing with us.


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