‘Modern’ techniques for managing negative emotions

From our e-book “We are Here to Celebrate”

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Motivational speakers generally advise us to replace our negative thoughts with positive affirmations. We are to set passionate goals and just focus on those goals and as far as possible, think positively. In fact, being optimistic is an important trait which job interviewers look for and which interviewees try to project. Positive thinking is one approach; sometimes it works but sometimes, our negative thoughts and emotions get the better of us.

Reading or watching movies about Spiritual Masters such as Paramahansa Yogananda, Yogi Rama and Mother Teresa is very useful as they leave positive imprints in our mind and inspire us to develop ourselves to become better human beings.

People suffering from panic attacks are advised by their doctors to observe their thoughts and identify those thoughts that trigger the panic attacks. In this way, they can be aware when those thoughts are arising and take action before the panic attacks occur. This involves using awareness to understand oneself and this is another technique for managing our negative thoughts and emotions.

These are not actually modern techniques but methods taught by the ancient masters since time immemorial. We cannot link these practices to any particular religion. They are universal truths. Spiritual practices are not meant to guarantee us a place in heaven or protect us from negative events but rather, they help us to live our life fully and consciously. The practices make the world a more beautiful place to live in.

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