The Negativity Bias

Here is a prayer my sister, Maryann, sent to me in my 50s which hit home. Please enjoy this humorous and lovely prayer that planted the seed for my positivity journey. ❤️

I suffered from every ailment mentioned in this prayer but I did not know how to heal myself until I studied yoga. I noticed I was surrounded by negative people and life seemed like one continuous bitch fest! This negative bias led to ailments prolific in old age, anxiety meds😩 and therapy. 🧐 This negative turmoil led me to seek a better life. A more positive and happier one. My Yogic Path! Here are some stops along the path….

  • Therapy! Everyone could benefit from this at least once in their life. 👍 An objective and positive therapist. They are not all equal. Check around for your best fit and remember that they work for the betterment of you.
  • Self study-svadhyaya. 🤗. And letting go. Journal and get that bull down on paper then tear that paper up and let the bull go! That memory has taken up enough of your time!
  • Gratitude🙏🏼 for everyone and everything. Journal ✍🏻 and come back to loving your life.
  • Tapas. Working at my recovery. 🌟 it’s a lot of work but only I can do this.
  • Asana practice. I have strength I did not know I possessed. 🧘🏻 ok well I suspected.
  • Meditation. 🧘‍♀️ love love love making space for new energy.

I have grown in many ways; too many to count.

Yoga has given me many avenues to let go of worries and negativity. Yes, I waiver and get on the soap box complaining about some incidental subject. I now recognize this negative road and get off it. There’s always someone who wants to drag you down that road with them but don’t go. Your actions, not preaching, can help turn them around. It may not. You have to decide if they are to continue in your life. Everyone has their own journey.

Last week in my yoga teacher training class I learned about the Negative Bias. What a blessing! It’s not just me. It’s science! Over 60 years of samskaras.

– “Samskaras are the impressions created in our minds and thoughts by our actions. … These habits, or samskaras, then begin to play a huge role in our personalities: motivating our thoughts, communication, actions, and even how we view the world. And these samskaras can take the form of being either negative or positive.” You have to love Wikipedia🌟🌸🌜

The Negative Bias states that we remember the negative events of our life more profoundly than the positive. They seem to make a deeper impression or samskara. Our spirituality comes into play when we are present and conscious of our actions and thoughts. Only when we are aware can we steer our thoughts to positivity and love. This is where the Gratitude Journal 📘 comes into play. Reminding ourselves of the beauty of our past. Being present in nature. Recognizing beauty and love everywhere. Our warm sun, shade giving trees, pollinating bees, people who hold the door for you at Wawa! That last one is my favorite. Did you ever notice how happy people are at Wawa?

Here is a link to Wikipedia and the definition they provide for this study. Enjoy! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negativity_bias

Enjoy your family and friends to the end. Or don’t. Most of all, enjoy you as you create new, beautiful and positive samskaras.

Namaste 🙏🏼, Barbara

Published by My Yogic Path with Barbara

Hi and welcome to My Yogic Path! I became a Yoga Teacher recently in my 60s! I am a woman, mother, wife, sister, cousin, in-law, K-8 retired teacher, and more. As I age, I felt great anxiety letting go of things that do not serve me today, what I have not yet accomplished, my purpose, questioning my beliefs, anticipating a fear of death, and much more. I found myself progressing from a full and busy life to a less full and sedentary life wherein there is much time for reflection. Enjoying Yoga at the gym starting in my 40s, my daughter and son-in-law becoming Yoga Teachers, I decided I wanted the peace I gained being with these fellow Yogis. I also felt drawn to REIKI healing and pursued this path becoming a Reiki practitioner. Life has led me down and up many paths. This Yogic Path gives me insight, strength, and peace when I need it most. Enjoy this blog with me as I continue.

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