It can be difficult to see past the downpour of negative thoughts in the world.
Especially when our egos tell us to hold onto the protection of cynicism, claiming we are entitled to feel so negative.
But if we truly want to give ourselves the opportunity to experience serenity, we must replace negative thoughts with affirmative actions. We must sidestep negative energy rather than empowering it.
Here are a few examples to help avoid disrupting your sense of serenity.
Instead of starting your days with a flurry of rushing and noise, choose to pick your battles and maintain a serene distance from most of life’s commotion. You might impose a rule that you won’t interact with your device until you’ve been awake for at least an hour.
Instead of allowing yourself to be drawn into the petty meanness of office gossip, choose to use gratitude as a potent vaccine to inoculate us against negativity. You could start removing yourself from the office bitch chorus, taking a refreshing walk around the block and reflecting on your many blessings.
Instead of getting sucked into the vortex of controversy and misery of the news cycle, go on a media diet. Designate times during the say when you turn of all notifications so you can actually discern the music from its squeaky noises.
Instead of becoming seduced into other people’s drama, find a way to filter the world’s noise and make the purest signal you can. You might start a practice of mentally wishing difficult people well, as a tactic to help free you from the pull of negative energy.
These negative situations are difficult to resist, especially when we’re feeling needy. But if we want a real chance at developing of long term serenity, we have to take responsibility for the energy we bring to the world.
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