A Donna Quesada quote

Something inspirational:

“When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation.”

Donna Quesada, Buddha in the Classroom:


3 May, 2019

6 thoughts on “A Donna Quesada quote

  1. Yes, that is the case, when I wallow in my pity pot because of something that isn’t going my way, or I don’t want to accept the situation as it is.

    My life always seems difficult. I am always expecting to have to deal with the worst case scenario. The reality is that there are times when things go my way which is always a pleasant surprise.

    It has taken me a long time to learn how to focus on staying in the moment and to only worry about the things that I can change instead of dwelling on the things that I can’t. I want to be able to enjoy the things that I can and make the best of things.

    1. Thanks Randy. It’s positive that positive things happen for you. When they do, you’re very much in control of those things and that’s good.

      You’ve come a long way, really you have. It doesn’t matter how long it takes for us to learn to focus more on the things that matter, and less on the things that don’t.

      What matters is the shift in our thought process. Bringing ourselves into the moment means we’re spending less time in the past.

      We must all learn to concentrate on the things we can change and let go of the things that can be detrimental to our health.

      We can’t live in the past anymore.

  2. Wise words indeed. Sometimes negativity comes from others and in those circumstances it’s not about resistance but about acting on that negativity.

    1. I have lived around negativity all my life. The irony is the negativity we come from is usually the negativity we go into.

      That said, my story shows that just because we come from negativity doesn’t mean we have to continue to follow down that path. It is important those who are negative understand they are and work to change their negativity.

      Not everyone will agree, not because they don’t know but because they won’t be told. They’re often too busy pointing the finger elsewhere.

  3. It’s so easy to fall into the negativity pool in our mind. Actually negative self talk affects the brain in harmful ways.

    I have decided that when a negative thought comes to me, to stop and really look at the situation. Is what I’m thinking based on facts that are happening, or is it my mind just self sabotaging?

    Eight times out of ten, it is our own mind thinking ahead that the outcome is not going our way. Now, when a bad thought tries to stop me, I stop and talk to myself and say that I can accomplish the task and that negative thoughts are not going to rule me.

    It’s really a difficult thing to do, also it is sad the places our minds go to without us even thinking about it. So now I replace positive self talk to dispute the negative words that come up.

    It’s really a wonderful thing to sit back and see things working out positively, even though our mind can often start off with negative thoughts.

    1. Thanks Maria. I can resonate. Yes, this is something I have struggled with my whole life, made worse because I was dealing with anxiety through Asperger’s that I didn’t know I had.

      Thanks for letting us know what works for you. I think you’re right. It’s important for us to stand back so that we question what our mind is telling us and try to move those thoughts on.

      As you say it’s not easy letting go of negative thoughts, particularly when we deal with something, but through experience and understanding ourselves more, hopefully we will know just what works.

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