Positive and negative thinking

Man is thinking.

Let us imagine the individual reality as separate systems. One system is external reality, the other is consciousness. The mediator between the two is the brain. When the brain is filled with good thoughts, memories and ideas, consciousness will interpret reality as something extremely good and giving happiness. And when we are negatively charged – with negative thoughts and negative memories, what we see around us will perceive it as dark, gloomy, depressing. One reality – different viewpoints and approach (different interpretations).

The way we interpret reality is critically important to us. Depending on how your way differs from the “average”, you can be defined in varying degrees – from “normal” to “strange” to “crazy”. Notice here the term “crazy” is related to the difference with others. There is no need to give examples of how the greatest people are considered as crazy.

The way we see the reality around us also works on how to feel. It is enough, for example, that the weather is gloomy and that it causes depression in some people. It is enough to have suffered an accident and become depressed. Depression is an adversary to happiness. There are many things that can influence how we look at the life around us.

4 thoughts on “Positive and negative thinking

  1. The Buddha’s approach to this was to develop ‘detachment’, refusing to personalise or identify with ‘things’, relationships, etc. When we become attached to a thing or develop an attachment to it, our happiness becomes subject to it and if it does not live up to our expectations of it (and few things ever fully can for any length of time) our level of happiness suffers and it may damage our ability to trust.

    It’s not as simple as it sounds. 😉

    He also felt suffering was man’s basic condition.

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    1. I agree with Buddha, but if we do not identify with absolutely nothing, we will not build any connections with other objects with which we share our reality.

      Yes, it is possible to be hurt. But it is also possible to be happy. If we realize that the happiness is inside us, the connections we make will not be problems.

      Neutral relations are the surest way to avoid suffering.

      Meditation and observation are passive methods of exploring the universe. Before Buddha began to explore reality through his brain, he did it through his senses. Only when he realized that he had nothing more to learn through his senses he began to work with his mind.

      But what some people do? They are thrown straight to use only their brains in meditation and forget about their senses through which to actively explore our reality. I’m not sure this works. I’m not sure they’re going successively in the Buddha’s steps. But it is different theme.

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      1. Happiness definitely comes from within us, not from having external connections/attachments.

        I think you can/should recognise that external things exist but the trick is not to allow yourself the luxury of feeling that they are needed for you to exist or to be happy or that you have to exist for them to feel happy.
        I agree it would be a mistake to ignore our senses and perceptions, the question i think though is: Just how much can we trust what we sense with our human mind from our bodily sensations and especially from the feelings that flow through us which can greatly distort what is ‘real’? 🙂

        I fear you may be right about some of those who try to follow Buddhistic teachings. but maybe we do not need to concern ourselves too much on that theme – as long as we remain aware there are traps and pitfalls on every path. 🙂

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