For 2018 let's cut our negativity!
Complaining. It seems to be the way only way many people choose to open a conversation. And the weather is one of the most frequently used subjects for complaints. It's so easy to focus on the negative, isn't it? That's why if you are going to make a New Year's resolution, I suggest you make cutting down on the amount of complaining you do, would be an excellent choice.
Negative thoughts drain our energy. Don't believe me? Try this simple exercise: With a friend stand up and put out your right arm (or left arm, if you are left-handed) Think of something that makes you extremely happy and hold your arm steady and resist when your partner tries to push the arm down to your side. It is unlikely your partner will succeed. Next, with the same method, think of something that made you extremely sad. Your partner will easily be able to push your arm down. Negativity short circuits our energy.
Social interaction has become toxically negative. Television shows do not give us a very pretty picture of human interaction. Listen to interactions between others and you will find that they talk about sickness, sadness, loss, bad weather and misfortune. It seems easier than focusing on happiness, mutual interest, beneficial endeavours, kind acts, or ways of helping each other or problem solving. I have a method for surviving if I become trapped within this social complaint web. I simply use Christy Marie Sheldon's adage "Delete, Uncreate and De-story" Delete any negative information coming through my ears. Un-create any connections that my subconscious may make from the negativity. De-story - do not create any story or mindplay out of the information. It takes some time to get used to but it works tremendously well.
Don Miguel Ruiz wrote in his book, The Four Agreements that there are four things that we must agree to in order to have peace and harmony in our lives. Be impeccable with your words is one of them. When we focus on the negative we are using words poorly and creating a negative atmosphere for others. We have a new year here, as I write on the 6th of January, 2018, let's use our words for lifting others up, speaking life and hope and solving problems, not creating more. Speak up for the truth and speak with love and empathy!