A challenge for the new year

Negative and Positive ThinkingLesley Alderman posting for the New York Times on January 3, 2017 offers a challenge to all of us:

Here’s a New Year’s challenge for the mind: Make this the year that you quiet all those negative thoughts swirling around your brain.

All humans have a tendency to be a bit more like Eeyore than Tigger, to ruminate more on bad experiences than positive ones. It’s an evolutionary adaptation that helps us avoid danger and react quickly in a crisis.

In her exploration she surprises herself and us with this discovery:

The first step to stopping negative thoughts is a surprising one. Don’t try to stop them. If you are obsessing about a lost promotion or the results of the presidential election, whatever you do, don’t tell yourself, “I have to stop thinking about this.”

“Worry and obsession get worse when you try to control your thoughts,” Dr. [Judith] Beck [of theBeck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.] said.

Read the entire post: and accept the challenge for the good of your own health and wellness and as a small step in making our world a better place in 2017.

For further reading

  • Negative thinking —a blog post by Paul Kowalewski on his blog, The Desert Retreat House. His post pointed me to the NYT article and opens up even more connections to meditation, mindfulness, peace and much more. ~Fr. Dan

Author: Daniel Rondeau

I am a husband and father and an Episcopal Priest (from the Diocese of San Diego; "Retired" due to illness).

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