September 19


Why Positive Thinking Drained Me (and How I’ve Found Peace)

By Peter Julian

Several self-help books teach the ways of positive thinking, but optimism isn’t always the key to happiness. Instead of thinking positively, people should attempt to detach from their thoughts all together. By reworking the thought process, it frees up energy to do so much more. Still, to separate from one’s own thoughts is difficult, and can be a rough journey, but in the end, it’s essential to discovering and achieving peace with oneself, and the surrounding world.

Key Takeaways:

  • The book, ‘Loving What Is’ by Byron Katie, changed one person’s view about the negative thoughts that constantly flooded their mind. Those thoughts could be changed.
  • After an exhausting decade of forced positive thoughts, the author discovered another book, ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle who suggests it is only what is happening now that matters.
  • While there is nothing wrong with reframing negative thoughts, Tolle suggests that only by being present in the current moment can we find sustainable peace.

“This year, though, I hit a wall. Although my life and confidence and sense of self have improved tremendously in the past decade, some things were still not as I wished them to be.”

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