Thursday, June 14

Stop Positive Thinking!

I was reading a great book by a strong man who teaches at Columbia Business SchoolSrikumar S Rao, Ph. D (Happiness at Work)  He says not to rely on positive thinking.  He says to do so is to acknowledge there is also a negative thought process at work and this causes stress.  Why?  Because we spend a lot of time and energy turning our head away from that perceived negativity, making a judgment around something that may be does not require judgement and in that way we make life a whole lot more complicated and stressful than it needs be.

He writes of a mouse, a lab mouse in a maze who smells cheese.  He runs down one alley.  It ends: no cheese.  He runs round and moves to another.  The same thing.  He runs another way and continues.  At no time does he sit on his tiny mouse butt and say: jeez, this is tough, how do I pick myself up again in the face of such adversity and find that cheese? why is life conspiring against me to make it so hard?  why do I deserve so much suffering.  I have been a good mouse all my life and I just want to taste me a bit of that cheese. Why me, why me, it's not fair!

Nope, he just keeps going til he finds the cheese.

It's kind of funny when you think of it like that.  Drop the judgments and perceived suffering we think we experience every day and life becomes a simple matter of getting on with it.  Accepting what comes my way and dealing with it in terms of practicality: so what needs to be done?

So you have a weight issue.  This is borne out by the fact that you cannot find clothes to fit, running is next to impossible and the thought of being spontaneous in any given moment with the subsequent possibility for exposure of acres of unwelcome flesh fills you with dread.

At Paleoworks, we say: tackle it head on.  Make a commitment and seek out change.  Drop the judgement around size and see it in terms of simple practicality: that is simply what needs to be done.  It is your body after all.  Experiment and find something that works for you.  Small tip: think paleo...For the first time in your life it is possible to escape from the shackles of everyday food addiction and press your re-set button.  Take this opportunity to learn from those who have gone before.  The path is already made for you, you just need to keep walking!

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure? ” 
 Joseph Campbell

Inspired?  Then tell us, shout about it, make some noise, we would love to hear from you!

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