Is Positive Thinking Holding You Back? Two Lessons From Meditation
As I get deeper into my yoga teacher training (RYT-200) and my meditation teacher training (100 hours), I’m beginning to realize some themes are coming up frequently.
This happens regardless of which teacher I am studying with.
Does that mean these themes are universal truths? As one teacher often says:
• Your mileage may vary.
• Don’t take my word for it.
Theme #1: “Positive Thinking” Is Harmful
Society loves “positive thinking.” How dare you have a negative thought? Good vibes only!
You’re not allowed to be angry in some circles, like 12-step groups.
But falling into this trap will stunt your emotional growth and weaken your mind. We can’t live on oxytocin alone. All emotions should be permitted.
Theme #2: Emotions Aren’t As Important or Threatening As Society Makes Them Out To Be
“But my emotions are my guide!”
Maybe sometimes they can be. But feelings aren’t facts. This turns into a lot of, “I didn’t do it because I didn’t feel like it,” in my opinion.
Emotions can also be mere packages of thought. They come and go all day. Our job is only to experience them and process them — not react to them.
We’ve Become Far Too Reactionary
“Oh no! A negative thought!”
“Oh no! An emotion I don’t like!”
This is how spirals begin. Meditation fights this by teaching us to be present with what makes us uncomfortable. It’s a step toward regaining control of our own minds.
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