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The Journey continues (Perceptions) - 2

Part 2

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After I read the books on positive thinking and applied the concepts in my life, I became aware and to some extent sure of the fact that experiences don't really create problems, all problems are a result of certain so called negative emotions (anger, sadness, guilt...) that we attach to experiences. Now which emotion is attached to an experience is generally a result of our perspective.

Most problems in life are just a matter of perception. Do you choose to perceive things in your life, is a constructive, positive way? So, if my brother shouts at me and I choose to perceive this shouting as his hatred towards me, I will attach maybe anger with this experience which then becomes the problem but if I perceive the shouting as his love which helped me learn from my mistake then I may actually feel good about the entire experience.

This approach helped me in a lot of situations but not all in fact in some situations it created even more problems for me.

For e.g.: there were some situation where I made some mistakes and I felt guilty. Since I by now knew that problems are result of perception, I started looking for what good could have happened because of this mistake.

The good thing about mind is it finds what it is looking for, which means I was able to find something good even in the worst of situations, which is in a way a really good thing. At the same time I stopped looking at the mistakes as mistakes and hence never learnt from them. This is where one needs to be careful when applying these concept in life.

I kept repeating the same mistakes and got into a pattern in life which was creating a problem for me but I kept pushing the mistakes / problem under the carpet in the pretext of positive thinking and perception...

All this because I still thought / felt that, if I could keep looking at things with a positive attitude, I would stay away from certain emotions that were considered as negative by me...

Part 3 to this note will be available soon, but before you get to that,

  • Look back in your life and check if you have been making the same mistake again and again because you have not learnt from the earlier mistakes.
  • Observe if you have also been pushing things under the carpet in the pretext of positive thinking...

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