Attitude supercedes all our planning and thoughts. And thoughts determine actions. It pays the highest dividend to hold the best attitude in all we do, as like determines like.
For example, if we want to get a certain job our prospective employer is most likely looking further than the job applications. He will probably choose the candidate who, when interviewed, exhibits a positive attitude or a helpful or caring attitude over someone with a bad outlook.
Meditation for developing a positive attitude
Sit up straight on a cushion on the floor in a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed. Alternately, sit straight on a chair with your feet planted on the floor. Fold your hands in your lap or place them palms up or palms down on your thighs.
If you are sitting in front of an altar, first light your candle to represent the Light of Knowledge within. Some like to have fresh flowers on their altar; choose the items that you find uplifting.
Let your eyes rest barely open rather than shut tight or wide open. Let the light in front of you be the example of warmth you wish to develop in your character, in your attitude.
Begin a period of even regular breathing such as - 2 counts breathe in; 2 counts breathe out; 2 counts breathe in and continue this rhythm without actually saying the counts. Just settle into it.
Breath is a tie between body and mind. Regular breathing calms the mind and relaxes the body. This practice is a good preparation for contemplation on the following -
Attitude is what carries us through life - more easily if we strive to maintain a positive outlook, or a rocky ride if we let out attitude become negative.
Make the following affirmations to develop a positive attitude:
- It is my choice to be positive.
- I am being kind and caring.
- I see that what I think determines what I do.
- I want good in my life, so I am keeping a positive attitude.
Finish your meditation with an appreciation for at least one positive trait you already have. Take a deep breath in; slowly release it. Open your eyes. Now take some moments to record your insights in your meditation journal for later review.
Attitudes determine thoughts
Thoughts determine actions.
Meditation and photo by Susan Helene Kramer
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