“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” -Dalai Lama
With everything that is going on in our world, it is very easy to get caught in a magnet of negativit. Whether it is the television, the radio, or the person sitting next to us, there are many stories being broadcast that are less than encouraging. At times like these, it especially important to practice directing our attention onto that which is productive and constructive.
While it is particularly important in the light of current events, the truth is that learning to direct our focus is always a valuable skill. By consciously turning our thoughts in the direction of our hopes and desires we cooperate with life and open up avenues to greater success. Many great minds have shared the importance of consciously directing our thoughts, and many people have found relief by learning to do so.
The cognitive behavioral approach to psychotherapy, as an example, supports people in evaluating their thinking. By following certain formats, one is able to question the accuracy and validity of distressing thoughts. By shining light on thoughts in this way, a natural release occurs and life begins to flow again.
Meditation is an age-old practice of calming the mind and observing our thoughts, rather than simply reacting to them.
These practices, and many more, exist to support us in being free of past patterning. By checking in with our thinking, we gain a position of power in our own minds because we are then able to choose what we would prefer to focus on, and what types of thoughts we would like to be thinking.
All of this is important because life is such a precious gift. We are each imbued with a unique perspective, which gives birth to a unique vision concerning what is possible for us and our world. The more of us that harness and harmonize with our unique vision, the more beautiful, and peaceful, the world becomes.
In our lunch groups, we encourage students to discover and respect their unique perspectives and ways of doing things.
In a supportive environment, such as this one, students evolve on their own. Often times, troublesome behaviors and past patterns of failure will disappear.
One such student was once known for alternating between bullying and feeling bullied by other students. For whatever reason, his defense mechanisms were often on high alert. Working together with school psychologists, classroom teachers, and parents, over time this student started to relax and express more of his joy. Without consciously recognizing it, he found greater comfort in his skin and much of the past troublesome behavior disappeared.
Perhaps you have felt frustrated in some area of your life. Now is an opportunity to check in with yourself and find out what is bothering you. Take some time to tap into your own inspired vision. Spend time connecting with your highest and best self. As you do, your mood will elevate and new ideas will come to you. The world is waiting for you to shine.
Edward Biagiotti is the Inclusion Specialist for Culver City Unified School District. He is also co-host of the popular radio show, Funniest Thing! with Darrell and Ed, to find out more go to www.DarrellandEd.com. Visit www.TappingIntoGenius.com for more articles and a free, inspirational parenting download.