Posts Tagged ‘positive thinking’

Upgrade your iBrain!

July 12, 2012

Tonight at an inspirational service, the minister noted how so many people keep filling their minds with how people have done them wrong. They keep on returning to these negative memories over and over again. He then said, “You wouldn’t play (more…)

Yours Was Not Meant to be an Ordinary Life

October 16, 2010

You do not have to be a perfect human being to find or create the job that is perfect for you. Everybody else has shortcomings too; nobody else has your unique blend of strengths and skills.

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
Malcolm Forbes

Positive thinkers look at a goal and begin mapping out the steps they can take to achieve it. They know that no worthy objective can withstand the assault of (more…)

Bright-Sided or Right-Minded?

September 6, 2010

I take issue with many of the points in the Washington Posts review of Barbara Ehrenreich‘s new book, Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America. I took the liberty of commenting on the points i disagree with.

When Barbara Ehrenreich was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, the sharp-eyed social critic found herself nearly as discomfited by the “pink ribbon culture” surrounding the disease as by the illness itself. Relentlessly upbeat, cloyingly inspirational,

Seems to me that critics of all stripes are under strict orders to avoid any and all feelings of tenderness and genuine human emotion. While many of us are deeply touched and uplifted by, say, the books of Mitch Albom or by inspirational attitudes and quotes, critics make a point to distance themselves emotionally by using words such as “cloying,” “mawkish,” “treacly” and “syrupy.” Such a response says more about the critics than whatever it is they’re criticizing.

the breast cancer world, as Ehrenreich describes it, is a place where anger, fear and depression — all perfectly reasonable responses to a potentially mortal diagnosis — are frowned upon and the cancer itself is lauded as a great opportunity for (more…)

We Are All Flawed, We Are All Beautiful

January 11, 2010

Quick, what are the first words that come to mind when I ask you to measure your value as a human being? Do those words describe positive or negative traits? Chances are you’re being too hard on yourself.

I just heard former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer on the radio saying that when he looks back on his 14-year career, all he thinks of are his (more…)

The Healing Power of Affirmations

July 27, 2008

waterfallThere is no escaping it. To enjoy the rewards of a spiritual quest, you need to practice a daily spiritual discipline. Some people like to meditate. Others are better served by reading books or listening to tapes. Many choose quiet reflection during a walk in the woods or while tending their garden.

Affirmations do the trick for me. In just a few minutes, they can help get me centered and grounded no matter where I am or what I’m doing, whether it’s standing in line at the grocery store, sitting at my desk at work, or driving across town. The regular use of affirmations helps me maintain a strong and consistent connection to the deep love. I hope they work for you, too.

As Shakti Gawain wrote in her groundbreaking book, Creative Visualization, an affirmation is a strong, positive statement that something is already so. The key word here is “positive.” It’s important to affirm what you do want, not what you don’t want.