You are beginning to tell your brain to spend more time feeling positive emotion than negative emotion. Your brain will resist you until neuropositivity has built new neuropathways that are more in charge than the old, negative ones.
This is the activity of brain neuroplasticity.
This can sound like a simple denial of negative emotion. We have been taught that we must “air” negative feelings, that they are dangerous if they are internalized and repressed. While it isn’t true that we have to air every negative feeling or thought, what is important is acknowledging them for whatever feedback or information they give.
There is a difference between ignoring negative feelings and not staying in them longer than necessary and becoming stuck in them. If negative feelings are, in part, mechanisms of feedback, let them tell you what they have to tell you, and then use them as a cue to pivot to a positive emotion.
You can’t solve a problem from a negative place, the level at which the problem was created, so get to a positive place and then deal with the negative situation.
However, it is important to realize that emotions are more than just a feedback mechanism to tell us that something is good or bad. Emotions are what we live in throughout the day.
For many, negative emotion is where they live, along with their mental disorders that surely take up residence in that DownSpiral life style.
Negative emotions are, for sure, an alerting system to get us to move.
However, we don’t have to stay in the negative emotion for it to do its job. Some negative emotion is simply a learned cycle of negativity with an addictive payoff at the end. Most addictions are couched in negative cycles of emotion.
Once again, you can have a negative feeling, acknowledge it, but you don’t have to live there.
Make a choice to live in positive emotions where you can find the solutions to the negative issues.
Your creativity, your State Of Mind of greater harmony and peace, fueled by your strengths, exist in the positive emotions of the UpSpiral.
Negative emotion, then, becomes our cue to go to the Emotional Gym and to begin pulsing love, peace, gratitude, joy, or hope. In the face of a problem or negativity, you are exercising a whole other part of your brain as you begin to make this pivot.
You are moving from the automatic, negative, fear reactive territory of the brain to another place in the brain, that allows you to feel differently, and then to behave differently.
Your response can become less automatic and more effectively positive because you will be coming from a place in your brain where you can exercise more control over your emotions.
Where do you live in your emotions?
Where you live emotionally defines who you are.
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