I start each day by doing the Daily Calm meditation. It grounds me and prepares me for my day. On Sunday, I got very angry at the messaging (about positivity) in the daily meditation, and here’s why.
Lazy Sunday Afternoon Question
Glenn and I were relaxing on Sunday afternoon in his basement movie theatre room. He paused the movie and asked me, “What did you think of today’s Daily Calm?” I could hear the smile in his voice. I turned slightly to the left to look at him suspiciously, wondering what he was up to, and replied, “I hated it.” He said, “I thought you would.” We left it at that, but that conversation gnawed at me until yesterday when I brought it up again.
Too Much Positivity??
The Sunday Daily Calm’s theme was a warning about having too much positivity and how relying on positivity can lead you to trust in things and be disappointed. I totally get what Tamara was saying, but it’s not a message we need to hear right now.
Since COVID-19, everyone’s energy level has been low; we are all shellshocked, the economy is in the toilet, and people are meaner, less compassionate, and depressed. Most people want to hide under the bed until it’s all over. We are still “sheltering in place,” waiting for that next bad thing to happen.
A Ray of Hope Means Everything
My entire life has been difficult, to say the least. The one guiding light, however, is that I have always had hope. That light of hope has shone through every dark moment and brought me through. I don’t know why I was gifted with it, but I am glad. Since Covid, that hope has waned, and I can no longer access it as easily. I feel everyone’s discontent along with my own. I miss that hope. I need that hope.
The world NEEDS positivity right now, and you can’t have too much! So what if you believe in something, and it doesn’t happen? At least you held onto hope, and it brightened the situation. We don’t need to temper positivity; we need an abundance to burst open and spill all over the floor.
I have spent years battling trauma and health issues. If I didn’t foster a positive attitude to try to find something good in it all, I would never have survived. Any amount of positivity is never bad or wrong.
Hear This Daily Calm!
We need to cultivate MORE positivity, not less. Always look for the good, that tiny kernel of something hopeful to look forward to. That’s the idea behind gratitude, finding that one positive thing to keep you going.
So, no offense to you, Tamara Levitt, but I’m afraid I must disagree with your idea of moderating our positivity. I think we should let it flow and flow until we are drowning in it. It may be the only thing that saves us.