The idea that you see, positive thinking, makes you fools and deepens your everyday problems is beginning to slip in the world and the Bulgarian public. The underlying intent behind this statement is based on the presumption that people who think positive may not live in an illusory world. A pink-colored world with endless optimism and when confronted with a reality characterized as unpleasant or negative, these people cannot make an adequate decision and collapse on earth deeply depressed by their unjustified expectations.

Such considerations are at least naive and show one thing. The people who advocate them do not really understand and do not try to understand the essence of positive thinking. I do not have a degree in psychology or 30-40 year internship, but on the other hand, I have an opinion on the subject based on various readings, personal experiences and observations that I want to share.

Thinking positively does not mean putting on your pink glasses and expecting your life to go from now on without trouble, without trials and without emotions like anger and fear. There is another wonderful term for this, "wishful thinking".

To illustrate this statement, I would like to tell a Zen parable about the disciple and the elephant:
One student received a wonderful insight that truly touched his soul. The disciple realized that God was in everything and everywhere. As he walked the streets one day, smiling because he saw love in everything, he suddenly found himself on the path of an angry elephant. The elephant driver had lost complete control of him and the mad animal ran directly against the student. "I'm not afraid," he thought. "God is in me, God is in this animal too." At that time, the elephant leader shouted in as many voices as he could: "Wild elephant, wild elephant, get out of his way !!!" The student continued to say, "God it is in me, God is also in the elephant. Before they were able to finish, the student was overthrown by a powerful animal. The student woke up at the hospital a few days later. His teacher was by his side, and the student kept muttering that he could not understand why this had happened. "If God is everywhere, why let this happen?" "And then the teacher calmly said, 'God was also in the elephant guide, who was yelling at you to get out of his way.'

Positive thinking, on the other hand, is not characterized by our expectations - positive thinking is our reaction to the things that happen around us. In this case, for example, the student might be angry with his own stupidity, throw everything away and go out of his way. He could also look positively at what happened by expressing gratitude that he was still alive and that he had learned an infinitely valuable lesson.

Contrary to the claim that positive thinking is not scientifically grounded, I would like to share some of the things that have struck me in Joe Dispenza's Evolve your brain. A wonderful book, very up-to-date, and entirely research based.

The author of the book himself is a specialist in the field of neurology, biochemistry and science studying the brain and its activity. He writes this book as a result of the severe trauma he gets after being hit by a minibus while cycling in a local triathlon. After the crash, his spine was broken in several different places and the only suggestion doctors had for him was a complicated operation to put metal plates to strengthen the spine.

At that time, Joe worked as a rehabilitator and chiropractor and most of his patients came to him after just such an operation. Joe refuses and decides that he will find another way to handle it. He became interested in neurology, meditation and spiritual practices. After some time, less than the estimated recovery period after the surgery, Joe gets to his feet and moves completely freely and without pain. All this is described in detail in the book's preface.

Here is what got sealed in my mind after reading it and which I think is relevant on the topic of positive thinking.
When we react negatively to a situation, that is, feel anger or fear and succumb to that emotion, then we actually operate using the back of our brains, located in the back of our heads, over the nape of the brain stem and cerebellum. This title is also called "reptilian brain" or "reptilian brain". Its name comes from it being the first brain partition to begin to form first in reptiles and is responsible for their primary needs such as finding food, shelter and safety.

In the human brain this partition also exists and has similar functions that we have inherited after millions of years of evolution. This part of the brain operates unconsciously, and any reaction it produces is directly linked to a defense mechanism that "protects" us from a situation that we have registered as potentially dangerous. The defense mechanisms are precisely the emotions of fear and anger and unleash the following fight or flight, fight or flight, aggression or fear. Aggression and fear focus our brains and send extra blood flow to our limbs and the feeling that we can "win" or "escape" as far away as possible.

The idea of ​​positive thinking is trying to explain to people that in addition to responding to our cerebellum, we can actually use the front of our brain called the Neocortex, which occupies about 76% of our brain volume and is responsible about thinking, orientation in space, language and many other evolutionary gains.

Let's say we get into a situation that is somehow unfair, negative. Our primary reaction coming from our brains would be to get angry or scared. This reaction is unconscious insofar as it simply happens without asking us whether we want or do not want to be angry. However, if we aim to observe these reactions of our own, to observe when we are angry, when we are afraid, gradually over time the very process of observation will slow down for a fraction of a second our reactions, which is enough to make a conscious decision and to we react using our Neocortex.

This means that when someone is angry with us, we can decide whether to let go of that emotion or take a deep breath and look at the situation with acceptance and Love. There is much more to talk about, I will be glad to hear what you think.


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