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Kicking Negativity

Feb 6, 2008
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." --Seneca, Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD

Whoa! Things seem to be in a state of flux at this moment in history, don't they? Just turn on CNN and you'll see how topsy turvy things are with doomsday and apocalypse on the horizon. It's enough to turn even the most well adjusted, reasonable person into a confused, pissed off obsessive ready to jump off a bridge. I say, keep your rudder in the water and make life work.

A number of my students are in the real estate business. Lately we've been discussing the current market (at length). Huge mistakes were made on all fronts. Banks were practically throwing money at people, people who had no business accepting variable rates on loans, people who way overestimated how much they could afford in the long run. And now, instead of this being the problem of the banks and the borrowers, somehow it's everyone's problem, the taxpayers' problem.

I can't fix the mess the market is in. It has to right itself (whether that's allowed to happen naturally and quickly or whether the government prolongs the pain). What I do understand and can advise upon is that we do not have to accept the misery and fear mongering that is coming at us from all sides.

Here's an understatement for you: I'm not fond of the media. Not sure if you could tell or not. I guess my first problem with it is that there's not really too much to it. It's tiny non-informative bits of "news" mixed with gossip and propaganda. And aside from that, it poisons our collective well, keeping us from making positive changes in ourselves and the world around us. The frame they're using is the party line, feeding us a steady stream of gruel and duping us into believing we have no power to change the world for the better, keeping us complacent and tuned in.

In my quest to counteract the negativity, I read. The most recent book I picked up is called "Train Your Brain, Change Your Mind" by Sharon Begley. It's about the transformational ability of the mind and combines neuroscience with Tibetan Buddhism, and mindfulness. I'm inspired and worked up over this book and I'm only on page ten.

Neuroscience is beginning to understand the powers we have to heal and adapt, just through thought, from accidents, head injuries, trauma, negative programming. Part of this has to do with intention and what we think about and includes setting our own frames for viewing the wold instead of accepting the frames that others (like the media) set for us. When we begin the work of self change, our successes ripple outward to family and friends and then to the world around us.

Seems like spirituality and science have had a bit of a problem coexisting in some ways. One need only to look at the creationism versus evolution debate that is still being argued to see this. Neuroscience and Buddhism have found a common ground on which to create exciting mind/body transformations that can cure diseases without the pharmaceutical companies trying to medicate the diseases out of us, problems like OCD, dyslexia, depression and autism. I don't know about you, but I'd much prefer to think or meditate my way to health than take a pill with a litany of side effects and high price tag.

Who benefits from us fixing ourselves? Maybe not the big pharma companies, but the real profit is in us rippling out positivity and undermining the negative things that are being spoon fed to us.
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Kenrick Cleveland teaches techniques to earn the business of wealthy clients using persuasion. He runs public and private seminars and offers home study courses and coaching programs in persuasion techniques.
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