Mindful thoughts & negativity

It is always difficult to try to change our attitudes around our realities, because our realities are often so difficult to deal with. They take time to work through, particularly if we’re living with negativity.

But mindfulness helps control negativity and is one of the most important skills we will have. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing our awareness on the present moment, whilst acknowledging and accepting our thoughts and feelings without judgment.

It is the practice of us concentrating on our breathing and noticing how our body reacts in that moment. Being mindful is something you can do at any time you don’t need to be in a specific place to do it.

It also helps you learn how to detach from negative emotional thoughts, allowing you to create distance, so that you respond and react more positively around negative or difficult situations.

What we should be aiming for is to observe our thoughts with little, or no reaction. Although it’s not easy in the beginning, when mindfulness happens, we can create a more neutral situation for ourselves, so that we’re not honing-in on negativity as much.

Being mindful has many different positive benefits too. It helps reduce daily stress, depression and helps improve immunity.


2 Apr, 2011

6 thoughts on “Mindful thoughts & negativity

  1. Good information.

    I agree with you. Being mindful does help with negativity. My spouse is a negative person and pessimistic. Sometimes it gets to me, but I keep thinking positive about whatever we’re discussing.

    Being positive is very important, especially with seriously ill people. I think people with cancer live longer if they have a positive attitude. I also think positive people are happier people.

    1. Thanks Lisa. I do believe like you that being positive can help with many illness including cancer, but from my own experiences of watching my mother fight Lung Cancer, I do think it depends on the severity of the cancer. She was extremely positive throughout her illness and was also very positive throughout her life.

      I do believe positivity helps us through some illnesses quicker, but it would also have to depend on the severity of the illness. It doesn’t work in all cases.

      You are right about positive people being happier people. I agree with you.

    1. I totally agree. Our realities and our thoughts play out so differently and although there are things we would do to minimise stress, sometimes brings about more stress with untold repercussions.

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