The Optimist’s Mantra

Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR

Being optimistic is a huge attribute that we all possess. The more we tend to it, the more positive we become. However, when we try to keep it latent, or crib at the drop of every thought, we get wedged in the pessimism of everyday life.

Negativity is a deadly virus — it has no fail-safe curative remedy. Agreed that most virus-generated illnesses run their course before they ebb; however, the virus that fans our mental, or emotional, negativity is far too deep-seated. It stays; it spreads to envelop and engulf our psyche. It also survives longer through discourtesy, cynicism, intolerance, deceit, damaging talk, ruinous news scoops, exposé, and every other mode possible. It exponentially proliferates and multiplies in the perimeter of one’s thoughts too — within and without. Not that it cannot be calmed, or vanquished — provided we make a resolute effort don’t submit to its incursion.

When we embark on a positive programme and make a conscious endeavour to getting freed and start moving, we can turn things around. The best mantra, in the context, is to expand the idea of feeling good. When you propagate the doctrine, with earnestness and purpose, you’ll feel balanced. This leads to a healthy symmetry of the spheres — in other words, optimal tranquillity, positivity and wellness.

The entire spectrum of thought as regards the process of positive change from abject negativity is keyed to the essence of what philosophers call as the difference between the rut and the groove. Each of us would have a definition, or explanation, for it — most would say that it is the depth of the abyss that you find yourself in, or wearing your attitude with foresight and courage to getting yourself out of it. The choice is yours.

When you free yourself from the rut of misery, you’ll naturally feel liberated — there is a gush of fresh air and freedom in the flow of life, which you never experienced. This is where your attitude plays a vital role to pull you out of the rut and into the salubrious expanse of the groove. This is referred to as having the winning attitude. What makes winning attitude happen? Anything, and everything, that provides you with the feeling, or perception, of releasing you from the burden of dread, or annoyance. Yet, it does not relate to the feeling of competition. It is, in more ways than one, something that propels within us a sublime principle. You’d call it self-reliance, individuality, autonomy and also empowerment.

Well, all of this and more is no easy-come and easy-go. This is primarily because most of us take the concept of balance for granted. The point also is the notion of balance looks so simple and free of complexities. In reality, this is not so — because the profound crux of balance is far too composite. It can just take one’s psychical balance out of gear. Balance is an inherent part of our life. It is a human condition that seamlessly strives for stability. It makes us what we are, as we are.

Balance is also nothing but wholeness. It connects to natural poise and harmony — it is derived from ancient wisdom. Its applications are timeless and universal. Some philosophers aver that balance is the ageless fount of Eastern thought, which the West has now embraced unequivocally without proviso, or bias. This puts to rest what Dr Carl Gustav Jung, MD, the plumber of the psyche, articulated — that the philosophies of the East and the West are so dissimilar that the twain would never meet, nor would the ethos of one ‘jazz-up’ the autograph of the other.

Dr RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR, PhD, is a wellness physician-writer-editor, independent researcher, critic, columnist, author and publisher. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, web articles, essays, meditations, columns, and critiques on a host of subjects, eight books on natural health, two coffee table tomes and an encyclopaedic treatise on Indian philosophy. He is Chief Wellness Officer, Docco360 — a mobile health application/platform connecting patients with Ayurveda, homeopathic and Unani physicians, and nutrition therapists, among others, from the comfort of their home — and, Editor-in-Chief, ThinkWellness360.

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