Negativity appears to be a conditioned human trait. Why would I say that? Well, there is nothing negative about the Universe. Once we take the planet Earth out of the equation, what are we left with? Just about everything… The Cosmos which is everything that exists can be visualized as a vast concentration of quantum energy that pulses and connects across a web of particles, gravity and waves of light. There is nothing negative about that. In universal terms, birth gives way to death and thus facilitates re-birth. Stars born from hydrogen gas will eventually die and exhale their tired gases to form new stars. Humans will also be born and then die; only to be reborn as a new form of energy – There is nothing negative about that concept either.

Yet, negativity does exist here on Earth. In fact, negativity seems to evolve and flourish, intertwining its threads into the fabric of society. Born from human thoughts and emotions and driven from ego, in some facet, we all harbor our own negativity – some worse than others. Unfortunately, it is a grim facet of our existence –driven by low self-esteem, money, jealously, anger and greed; negativity in some form has existed since humans began walking this Earth.

Even the unfettered honesty and innocence of a young child can be molested by negativity. Child abuse is a good example of passing on such dysfunction. Social pressures and ego only seem to ratify and reinforce such behaviors. As of lately, social media and opinion based news continue to perpetuate this model of negativity and division. At the end of the day, a majority of humans appear to be flawed individuals; led by the nose of bad information and politicized bull shit; their thoughts so indoctrinated and brainwashed that people do not even know right from wrong. Social consciousness has been warped by a barrage of outside influences.

The world has been a challenging place to live as of lately. From COVID 19, to the many inefficiencies that the pandemic has uncovered. From lack of healthcare to racial inequalities, when we look at the world as a whole, what do we see? A lot of suffering! A thread of wisdom in Buddhist philosophy notes that when we can let go of our egos, there is a fundamental desire fix the world. Imagine if the worlds leaders lived by this advice. Imagine if the top CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies chose to live by this model of mindfulness? The caveat here is that in order to fix the world and bring forth more compassion and less ego, we need to first fix ourselves.

Fix ourselves? We need to realize that a myriad of negative issues, situations and hard wired control patterns can be affecting us as individuals on many unseen levels. Everyone has witnessed layer upon layer of positive and negative experiences that have shaped us to some degree. Influences from childhood, religious upbringing, social media and opinionated cable news have colored our perspective. It is perspectives that that create thoughts, words and actions.

You must realize, however, that the shadows of the past may be concealing hard wired perspectives that are influencing your future and perhaps even the futures of others around you. Are these influences positive or negative? For me, I noticed that anger and frustration can occasionally surface as an adult and even as a parent. This frustration or anger is deep rooted; born from ego and control patterns that directly related to how I was raised as a child and how I project my energy in life. Of course everyone has their own story. The trick is to mentally acknowledge negativity or negative thoughts and handle them effectively before they become words or actions that can reverberate out into the world.

It is about triggering awareness. This awareness (for example) came when I felt frustrated and angry about a situation. When we can pause, breathe and isolate the negative thoughts or situation, it creates a mindful gap in the controlled chaos that is life. I use this as a trigger of mindfulness to stop and not act or react blindly. As an exercise in mindfulness, I direct my attention to the vastness of my True Nature; a place within us all that is boundless, constant and dependable.  The daily life practice is to make space within for such control patterns that facilitate anger and frustration: Isolate these thoughts and understand their source and how they can color your actions and other peoples reactions. When I realize I am heading down a path of negativity, I can make a positive change in my thoughts before they translate as negative actions. Instead of reacting blindly and reinforcing old patterns of behavior, I can change my actions for the better. I can break the chain of dysfunction by connecting to a higher level of awareness. Sense negativity in the thought process. Isolate this negativity and shift the dynamism to a more positive outcome or solution. It can be that simple. Its a useful tool in the effort to bring more positive energy to daily life. Imagine if a 100 people did this? Imagine a 1,000 people. Imagine millions…

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own journey in Self-Discovery.

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