Episode 117: Positive-Negativity

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“Not all pain is negative, even though we label all forms of pain as such and resist them. Positive-negativity is a circumstance that causes us to go deeper, to search ourselves, to stop placing blame on the causes of suffering outside ourselves, and take self-responsibility.

Circumstances arise and hard times come so that we may grow through them, so that we may evolve. I like to say that a bad day for the ego is a good day for the soul. When we look back on some of our most challenging experiences, we admit that we wouldn’t trade what we gained from them for remaining the same as we were. Something within acknowledges that during those times when we are pressed against the ropes of life, we learn to become more generous, to forgive, to never give up on ourselves or others. We learn to regenerate, to rejuvenate, to surrender.” ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith from Spiritual Liberation

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Positive-Negativity

“Not all pain is negative, even though we label all forms of pain as such and resist them. Positive-negativity is a circumstance that causes us to go deeper, to search ourselves, to stop placing blame on the causes of suffering outside ourselves, and take self-responsibility.

Circumstances arise and hard times come so that we may grow through them, so that we may evolve. I like to say that a bad day for the ego is a good day for the soul. When we look back on some of our most challenging experiences, we admit that we wouldn’t trade what we gained from them for remaining the same as we were. Something within acknowledges that during those times when we are pressed against the ropes of life, we learn to become more generous, to forgive, to never give up on ourselves or others. We learn to regenerate, to rejuvenate, to surrender.” ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith from Spiritual Liberation

Positive-negativity. That’s brilliant.

Something stressing you out right now? Can you step back and see the positive in the negative event?

Can you see how the greatest, most transformative times of your life tend to come after the most challenging/stressful?!? When we start to see that trend, we can get a little less caught up in the drama of it—reminding ourselves not only that “this too shall pass” but that “this too shall lead to incredible growth!” (Yah? :)

And, while you’re looking for the positive in the negative, you might dig Marci Shimoff’s great question from her equally great book Happy for No Reason (see Notes): “If this were happening for a higher purpose, what would it be?”