Negativity is a subject that is written about in many different ways. People I come across often tell me there are trying to manage negativity in their life or more so eliminate it completely.
Chances are you too, at some point, have read about or have been advised on this subject. And chances are it all alluded to, in some format or another, a 'keep it at bay' or 'a walk away from it' scenario.
However we choose to approach this subject in our lives, it's worth taking note of a couple of myths about negativity.
Myth 1: Negativity must be avoided at any cost: Whether it is negative people or negative situations, we must keep far away from it. When we see it, recognize it, we must run the other way.
Fact: Avoiding is another way of practicing resistance.
What we resist, persist. And avoiding negativity, when it finds you, could end up inviting more of the same into your life. Running from it or ignoring it serves no purpose. The other important thing to consider is whatever has shown up in your life, is a reflection of a question that you may have asked or a lesson that you need to learn. Situations that are less than ideal need not be public enemy No 1. Most people who have come out of less than ideal scenarios will tell you, that they actually found themselves, their purpose as a result of those experiences.
Myth 2: Distracting ourselves with positive actions will keep negative situations or negative people at bay: If we distract ourselves long enough with actions that make us happy in the present, we will remain in bliss.
Fact: Distractions only work in the short run.
Distractions are a great way to get the vibe up, get a change of pace, find temporary relief. All this should be done in the pursuit of building up the strength to deal with the real reason that's causing negativity. Like the first myth, the distraction will only get you so far, it won't help heal nor will it help neutralize the sub-conscious or limiting beliefs that are causing the negative experiences in your life.
Ask yourself, have you fallen for either of the myths? Have you tried to ignore, look away or distract yourself from less than ideal situations in the hopes that it will fix itself?
All the changes, fixes, upturns that need to happen, happen inside of you.
So ignoring, looking away or distracting yourself from doing the work, will only take you so far. At some point, you have to roll up your sleeves, acknowledge the energy and do the work!
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