Just Keep Swimming: Looking on the Positive Side of Life

“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”

Little fishy Dori (Finding Nemo) had it right.  Nowhere in that movie is she negative, excpet when she has a serious conversation with Marlin near the end.  And even then she’s trying to be positive.

As pagans, we should understand the nature of thought and energy.  Our thoughts affect the way we perceive the world around us, and even have an effect on the nature of our individual worlds.  Energy has both a positive side and a negative side.  I can tell you from experience, feeling someone’s negative energy isn’t comfortable.  Positive energy is much nicer and has the ability to influence everyone else in a positive way.

The key to thinking positive isn’t to avoid every negative thought.  There is a balance in all things, and shunning the negative in favor of the positive is only going to make the negative more insistent in your mind.  Everyone, even the most positive thinkers, will have a negative thought float through their minds.  However, instead of trying to shove those thoughts away, just let them pass, like an empty subway train through a station.  Those trains don’t pause at the stop.  Allowing those natural, negative thoughts and feelings to happen will also allow them to pass through you and out into the mental ether where they can dissipate and not bother you.  As long as the mind is gearing toward focusing on mostly positive instead of exclusively positive, then the negative will have it’s own little area in which to float and be free and eventually disappear.

There is a purpose for everything under the sun.  Though, I keep trying to tell myself there is a purpose for final exams at 8am in the morning– but I’m afraid I will never agree with that view.  And as this is finals week for me (but, thankfully, with only one 8am exam!!) and my brain already feels fried (I just had to pause and make sure I typed “brain” instead of “brian”), thinking positive can only help.

So just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

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One response to “Just Keep Swimming: Looking on the Positive Side of Life

  1. “Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream.
    Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success.” – Lao Tzu

    Good luck on finals!

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