Each of us makes an experience good or bad. The action or activity is what it is. We define it by our attitude toward it.
Traffic on the highway is heavy. We get impatient and annoyed.
We don’t get a promotion at work. We are hurt or upset.
Our child didn’t get first place. We are indignant.
Someone says something with which we disagree. We are offended.
Whatever the situation, our attitude defines that experience as either positive or negative. As humans, our inclination tends toward criticism and as such, much of our responses tend toward the negative. These less than favorable outlooks and our reactions to a situation creates tension in our bodies and mind. We have an internal dialog about how stupid, annoying, etc. it is, creating a story so immersive we distance ourselves from the actual experience.Read more →