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Why I Choose to Not Connect to Negativity

Updated on September 3, 2010

 

I had been wondering if there was a writer's community that discusses only spiritual and motivational topics, and I found a social network called Gaia, which so far seems like a great place for those of us who enjoy writing about spiritual topics and being focused on possibility living. I joined immediately and have started to make friends with kindred spirits, much like in Hubpages.

I do not totally isolate myself from the realities of the world, I am a concious person, and try to help when I can,  but I admit, I hardly watch the news, and prefer to be involved with a creative project, a good book or visit my favorite writers in hubpages when time permits.

I try not to dance the dance of fear because instead of building me up, it brings negativity into my space and into the world. I figure, if am doing well, I will in turn help others or create opportunity, and I can only do this by being true to myself, to my spiritual and psychological philosophy even if it makes me less than popular.

Victoria Falls- Africa's Seventh Natural Wonder

My approach to life for the most part even when "tested," has been:

We live in a world of duality, and because of this, we will always experience cycles of growth, and others where life slows down and gives us challenges.

It is not the challenge that really matters, it is how we deal with it; how we perceive it; how attached we are to wanting things to be a certain way; it is this attachment which causes suffering.

As example, when I accepted both in my mind and heart that I was no longer employable in the corporate world due to the economy in the 9/11 aftermath in New York and other factors, I felt a burden lift, and doors started to open and I found alternate ways of earning my living.

This release of attachment led to my state of surrender and acceptance. When I accepted that some situations cannot be changed, but I could create new ones to replace them, I could go on living, much the wiser, while I did what needed to be done, which often involved asking for help. I learned out of this experience that spinning downwards into fear and drama only complicates a situation, and its not really needed. It brings us out of our balance, and clouds judgment.

Freedom

The Best Year of Our Lives!

Paul Pennell

If you are a business owner today, I have a few thoughts for you

DON’T READ THE NEWSPAPERS AND DON’T WATCH THE NEWS.

It’s based on Fear. It’s based on Economical manipulation. It’s based on something that, if you’re receiving this email, isn’t something that you probably want in your life.

Run your business based on what you know. Based on the light and the Truth. Always. Shape up. Sure, everyone is influenced by what goes on around them, but not EVERYONE’s business rises and falls based on the mass consciousness of fear and of failing materialism.

Watch where you come from. Pretend you’re abundant. Pretend your business is getting ready to take the next big leap into the best phase it’s ever been in. Playfully act as though you’re above anything that could possibly bring you down.

If you provide a service, make sure it truly Serves.

If you sell a product, make sure it produces something good for the one who purchases it.

If you offer ideas, consulting or counseling, make sure you’re doing what I’m doing right now – encourage those around you to reach for the stars. The light. The knowing. The difference. The difference, that’s it. What’s different about how YOU run YOUR business?

As conscious beings, light-workers, healers, Age of Aquarius business owners, during this great Shift, if we don’t stand in the light and shine forth while the darkness around us is being exclaimed from the rooftops, then who will? Will we join them and wait for things to change? Or will we excel. Climb higher. Rise Above?

Reach for the stars, now, especially. They’re brighter than ever. And universal Abundance is not limited to a fear driven newscast or muted by the grip of a depressive economical outcry.

Rise Above. Rise Above. It’s the best time to be there.” PP

It's predictable how easy it is for humans to revert back to our fearful ways; it is for this reason, I like to keep inspired and remind myself that the universe's bounty is available for all us, not always in terms of material wealth but with inner wealth, ie; peace, gratitude, humor, love, inspiration, which creates an openness in seeing that everyday can be a source of wonder. Many people live this way, some quietly and others as well known teachers and entertainers, and they too had their challenges in the past.

On the left side capsule below the sunny photo, is a blog entry "The Best Years of Our Lives!" by an artist in Gaia, that speaks eloquently on the importance of not connecting to the mass consciousness of fear, and shining our light and reaching for the stars!

I choose this path, the path of shining light, living my Truth, and dispersing the shadows of fear.

It's the most loving contribution I can make to myself and to the pool of consciousness.

Do you believe you can influence your life by being an optimist?

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      VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      What a surprise to find more comments on this hub!

      Sunnie,It is easy to fall into negativity as the world can pull us down at times, reason why I still continue to focus on what uplifts me. Glad to find like minded spirits here. :)

      Jainismus, Oh, so it was YOU who shared my hub, THANK YOU. No wonder I have more readers! :) Again, thanks for the support.

      Cyndi, Thanks for reading and your kind comments. :)

      Rain Defence, Yikes! Looks like your friend needs cognitive psychology therapy that teaches the patient to reframe how they perceive the world and their issues. It actually changes the way the brain responds to life. I too have known a few negative individuals in my life, but one girlfriend has made changes and it's wonderful to see. Thanks for being a positive force in this world.

      Princessa, Being self-loving sometimes means not following everyone, and, you are doing the right thing for yourself and your family by creating a bubble of positivity. I think it's great! :)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 5 years ago from France

      What a great read for those of us who are trying to refuse negativity.

      I completely agree with not reading or seeing the news. I stopped doing that when I was pregnant as it would only made me cry and feel horrible to think about all the horribles things happening in the world and me bringing a baby to that same horrible world. It might sound selfish to try to protect yourself from negativity staying in your bubble but I think that only when you are at peace with yourself you can share that peace and spread happiness to others.

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      Rain Defence 5 years ago from UK

      I know positivity can affect your life. I'm a positive person, I know someone who is a negative person. I have my own business, when I suggested he start up, he said 'what's the point, it'll only fail'. When I suggested passing his driving test 'what's the point, if I get a car it'll get stolen or vandalised'. This carries across everything in his life, what's the point in trying as things will only go wrong. Consequently I have a nice life and he has a terrible life in my opinion, simply due to our differing outlooks.

      Embrace positivity!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      What a wonderful piece and what wonderful comments you received. So glad you shared this Jainismus so that we could all benefit from what Violet has written. Great writing Violet.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      VioletSun,

      You have written a great Hub on a different issue. Thanks. Voted up and shared.

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Great hub,

      I do believe what we speak in the air creates a negative or positive vibe that surrounds us. I also believe in speaking things as if they were. Believing in Faith for certain things to change whether they look like it or not on the outside. This was an uplifting hub and I too like to surround myself with good and positive things.

      Take care

      Sunnie

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      VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi Daven, It's great to transcend what limits us- so kudos to you for doing this. I am also pleased to meet like minded people! :)

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      What a perfect hub to read today. I spent a great deal of my life hiding from fear until I realized I could face it and now it holds not so much the power it used to. It is nice for me to find like minded people!

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Nia, Your words that you watch the news but fear isn't there is perfect! This is what is most important, thanks for sharing and being a teacher. I still feel fear so avoid it most of the time. However, when I do see what is going on the world it helps to put things in perspective and appreciate what I do have even more.

      By the way, I found a great spiritual social network site just like Facebook but it's spiritual and have met some awesome kindres spirits. It's www.spiritualnetworks.com Two hubbers who are spiritual have joined as well. I think you would do very well there. :)

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      NiaLee 6 years ago from BIG APPLE

      HI VioletSun,

      this hub is what life is about life, happiness, peace, love, consciousness, letting go, enjoying, etc...

      THe important thing is the way we see, appreciate and experiment the flow of the Universe and our life.

      Yes, letting go and looking for what the Universe is pointing at for us, is the way to life.

      So, often, something doesn't go that way and I take a step back, see what is really there and take the best step in the situation.

      I send positive energy to groups of people I know, some I don't know, like on the bus, in the train, in a hospital... and I feel like dew falling on me, blessings, sends, shared and received.

      I do watch the news, I learn from everything but fear is not there. To really live, fear can't be here. I actually appreciate even more my children, my husband, my friends and anything I have in my life. My gratitude is here.

      Oregon and all the spirituality there, I will visit one day. I have heard about great places there. Take care. Love and peace to all

      And thanks for the mountain's pics... I love them, just looking at mountains replenishes me, wakes my dreams, make the positive energy circulate, connecting with nature is a great thing for me.

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi Celebritys4africa, I love your statement, "Optimism is the best solution ever, half of the problem is solved." Its so true! Will share your comment in Facebook! :)

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great hub! Optimism is the best solution ever, half of the problem is solved.

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thank you Kulsum for reading and adding your supportive comments. :)

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 6 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Hi Violet Sun. Very nice hub. Like to read this again and again. ThanQ.

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thank you, Sangeeta!

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      sangeetas627 6 years ago from India

      Nice hub.

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi Eiddwen: Thank you for the vote up and bookmark; feedback from readers is always appreciated! Will take a peek at your suggested hubs.

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      Hi VioletSun, I have only just found you on here and I was gripped by this hub until I came to the end. This is a subject very close to my heart and maybe if you have a few minutes to spare you would like to read two of my hubs FROM THIS MOMENT ON and My Beautiful Little Girl. I will vote this one up and will bookmark it . I look forward to reading more of your work now. take care and God Bless.

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Oscillationatend: Nice to meet you or see you again. :)

      poetlorraine: Thanks for the visit! Always nice to see one of my favorite poets!

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      poetlorraine 7 years ago

      stalking oscillationatend, he goes to the best places, lovely hub

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      oscillationatend 7 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

      I saw. Glad to meet you...although, you may just know me under another name or two. =)

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      oscillationatend: I smiled when yo wrote you are the kind of guy who helps old people find stuff in the groecery store and return the shopping cart. This is called kindness and its beautiful. Thanks for your thoughtful comments and becoming my fan. I also became yours!

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      oscillationatend 7 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

      Just...so full of love, I'm awe inspired.

      "We live in a world of duality, and because of this, we will always experience cycles of growth, and others where life slows down and gives us challenges."

      Absolutely agreed. I can become ill or angry in the presence of certain forms of negativity, but when I have taken my fill I just remember "I still have my health, I still have my friends, I still have my family."

      While I admit I'm good at straddling lines and walking both sides of the Force, I'm the kind of guy who helps old people find stuff in the grocery store and returns the cart every time.

      We are the One, and all that.

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Diana: Thanks for your comments! And yes, its a shame they closed the site, it was huge,and very well done.

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      dianacharles 7 years ago from India

      Great hub VioletSun.Inspirational and I like reading what others have written.

      I had joined Gaia and then they shut down :(

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Al: Oh, wow, had no idea! You know I was thinking of creating a spiritual community, have had spiritual Yahoo forums, but hardly any traffic so closed the forum. A social network like Gaia is needed for kindred spirits. There is Ning... http://www.ning.com/ what do you think of this? Perhaps you are more knowledgable when it comes to social networks, as I am basically a newbiee in social networks.

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Bad news Marie...

      Gaia is shutting down at the end of March! I was notified today! It is so sad! Where are we gonna find something like that again? Shall we make it ourselves?

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hola, Al,

      Nice that you are reading my hubs today! I left Gaia, but have been thinking of rejoining, so once I do, I will connect with you!

      Blessings and light!

      Marie

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      My sweet sister...

      Thank you! Thank you for sharing these beautiful views, thanks for mentioning Gaia. I just joined under the name of DragonWizard. Find me there if you like! Excellent vibes, Marie! Thank you for being there!

      Thumbs up!

      warmest regards and blessings galore,

      Al

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Unchained Grace: Your words are wisdom ones; thanks for reading and adding to the hub with your comments!

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      Unchained Grace 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      It is positive thinking that pulls one out of the pit and into the palace. It is more than likely negativity on our part or someone we depended on that put us in the pit in the first place.

      Your Hub, in conjunction with the truisms found in Paul Pennell's statement, speaks volumes to what should be aspired to. I've seen people who were materialistically challenged and yet were enjoying a utopian existance based on what?

      Positive thinking! It is what is.

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thanks you, Kalsum for reading and adding your comments. :)

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 7 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Very nice hub.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Peg: Thanks for reading and your kind comments, its appreciated. :)

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      Peg Cole 8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This was well written and thought provoking, filled with concepts vitally important to our daily health and happiness. Thanks for the hub.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thanks Hmrjmr1, for reading and adding your comments. :)

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      Hmrjmr1 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Great Hub with a great purpose Enjoyed it thanks

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Lmoovbuff: Thank you for your generous comments, its appreciated! :)

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      Lmoovbuff 8 years ago from Colorado

      This was an amazing writing contribution. It put me into check and I am proud of your work for writing this so well.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thanks Gary! I enjoy your hubs and what you have to say, so much wisdom and beauty with the way you write.

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      Gary Eby 8 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      VioletSun: I appreciate your wisdom and your commitment to walking in the Light. I also see that you understand,when we let go, we actually gain strength. Peace to you and thanks for your support of my HUBS too....Gary.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Marty: Thanks for your comments. I also believe in the law of attraction, its always working for for better or worse, even if we are not concious of it.

      Love your hubs on gardening by the way.

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      Marty1 8 years ago from New South Wales Australia

      Yes, a positive life is a happy life. Recently I have learnt to cherish every moment. Also, I believe in the law of attraction and how it changes life.

      Happy Gardening, Marty

      PS: Thanks for the nice article.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      alekhouse: I am so thrilled to meet you! Had little chills while reading your comments, wow, this really inspired me because you are proof we can turn a business around no matter what the economy or natural disaster may be.

      We have a beautiful community here of upbeat folks, and the more the merrier. We are not fluffy and like to bury our heads in the sand, like you we do what we have to do, but mantain a empowered focus no matter how scared some of us may get at times.

      Success-Guru: Your little story made my eyes wet. Sniff. Its such a clear expample of how perception literally creates our realationship and reality.

      Two years ago my s/o and I almost got into an accident, and were stuck in the highway for over 4 hours; I was very calm as was he, we even joked with each other, because we were so grateful nothing happened to us, we were safe and sound, just inconvenienced for the moment.

      Thank you both for your comments and beautiful energy!

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      my-success-guru 8 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hi VioletSun,

      "It is not the challenge that really matters, it is how we deal with it; how we perceive it; how attached we are to wanting things to be a certain way; it is this attachment which causes suffering." Amen!

      This reminds me of a story of two men that got into a car accident. The car went off the road and flipped! The first man crawled out of the car and said "why are these things always happening to me? Why is my life such a mess?" The second man leaped from the car and said "WOW I must be the luckiest man alive! Today I'm going to make the most of my life because I was given a second chance!" Same car- same accident- totally different perspective!

      Bless You,

      Jim

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I loved this hub, VS. So much of what you've written is the way I choose to live my life, especially the part where you said "It is not the challenge that really matters, it is how we deal with it"

      I have run a successful business by myself for the past 15 years. And I almost lost it around 6 months ago because of the economy and Hurricane Ike. I have a bed and breakfast in Louisville, KY. We got the the tail end of Ike here in the form of terrible wind storms (in September). There was a power outage here for three weeks, causing us to lose all of our frozen and refrigerated food products, many, many bookings, our back yard fence and parts of our roof. I lost $11,000 and the insurance company would not pay, as it was a natural disaster.

      Then, in December and January, I had zero bookings...absolutely no income, because of the economy. I could have panicked, but something in me wouldn't let me do that. Instead, I "strapped on my boots" so to speak and started doing some creative problem solving. I kept moving forward with positive thought. This month, I have 65% occupancy. Incredible for a small B&B like mine.

      You are very inspiring. So glad I found you. I'm also going to check out Gaia. Thanks so much.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, DoodleLyn: I understand about not wanting to bury your head in the sand, this is exactly how I feel. Its amazing though, even if I don't watch the news, I always know what is going on through the internet or being informed by friends. Wonderful that you are focusing on positive thinking, it does make a difference in one's life.

      Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments. :)

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      DoodleLyn 8 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Amazing hub, VioletSun. I am experimenting now with not watching tv at all, except movies I rent. It's easy right now, because it's summer, and in upstate NY, you gotta grab it while it's here! Also everything is repeats. I don't read the newspapers, but do keep up with news via the internet, however I just skim the negative stuff. I don't, after all, want to bury my head in the sand. I have been working on zapping my negative thoughts and replacing them with positive. I really appreciated your writing, it reminded me to do this always. Thanks, and please do keep sharing your gift of enlightenment.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Frogyfish: Thanks for your kind words, it encourages me to keep writing. I am still a work in progress, as we all are in this journey we call life. :)

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      frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

      I have quit watching much news and I don't miss it much, though I do want to keep up with 'happenings'. Just not so much negativity and hate and crime...to absorb into my emotions. I needed your positive comments, and am happy that you have made your way into such fulfillment. We all are still on that journey, and words like these help me be encouraged. Thank you!

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Gcody: So good to see you here. :)  Working on the inside and also outside is a beautiful combination to bring out the best in everyone in terms of wholeness and beauty.  

      Thanks for your comments on my hair, its appreciated as I struggled for years to make it straight and finally surrendered and accepted its curly, except on the ocassion when I may do a straight do, but it doesn't last long, it curls up again.

      And my best to your success too!

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      gjcody 8 years ago

      VioletSun ...this is a beautiful article and I am right with you.

      I have been in a business that has enhanced the beauty on the outside for people and now I am enjoying the benefit of helping people beautify the inside of their bodies naturally.

      I have always believed in the glass half full.

      My father has always encouraged  me to believe in myself and always keep trying.  His favorite thing to say to me was "get up ...get out of that bed ...the sun is shinning and you are wasting your life there ...find something to do!"  So I don't believe in wasting time ...even if it is helping someone or just enjoying nature.

      Thank you for sharing and reminding us to stay on the positive path ...my best to your success!

      By the way ...love your hair!

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      aimer la vie: We are in good company, we have so many well known personalities past and present such as Einstein who had wonder for life, and our current teachers such as Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, the Dali Lama, all encourage positivity.

      Thank you for your thoughtful comments, adds to the message of this hub.

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      aimer la vie 8 years ago from California

      Well written and couldn't agree more, it's so nice to know other people think in these terms. I am a optimist by internal nature, and some around me regard it as negative or not being realistic. But inside I am very reasonable and realistic as to life, but I can't help butbe optimistic even when facing my greatest challenges and pains. I have recently began to understand what you

       wrote :

      "It is not the challenge that really matters, it is how we deal with it; how we perceive it; how attached we are to wanting things to be a certain way; it is this attachment which causes suffering."

      I had to figure that out after many tears, and yet it seems silly when I have a picture in my house with one of my favorite sayings "When one door closes another opens somewhere else" 

      So, thanks for writing I will be reading much more.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Fortunerep and Optimistsonly: Glad to find kindred spirits when it comes to focusing on what is positive. Not that one wears rose colored glasses, but in life, being able to be positive has an overall impact on the quality of one's life.

      Thanks for reading and adding your thoughts!

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      OptimistsOnly 8 years ago from Christchruch, New Zealand

      Said perfectly. I couldn't agree with you more on the news. I limit what I take in. I may end up putting "parental control" on the news channels to protect my mind from the fear & chaos they present. Like you I do not totally disconnect I simply accept what is, have hope for all, and give myself permission to move forward. Thank you for sharing this!

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      great hub and beautiful pictures! If we as a nation focus on the negative what a sad place we would all be in. You have to be postitive, we have no choice. If you dont stand up for something you will fall for anything. Great writing

      dori

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, miracles: I also enjoy reading yours! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      miracles02 8 years ago from Canton, IL

      Great hub! We think so similarly! I wrote one recently about how your attitude affects your life! Love your hubs.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thank you, deestew, for reading and your comments.

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      deestew 8 years ago from Kentucky

      Wonderful Hub.

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      jayb23 8 years ago from India

      Hey VoiletSun my hub " The other side of Subprime Loans" has been chosen as one of the HUBNUGGETS nominees. Click on this link to read more about it.

      https://hubpages.com/community/HubNuggets-Overload Be sure to vote and ask your friends to vote for my hub! :-). It is only because of readers like you who liked my hub, that helped it to get nominated. Thanks.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Kirsa: Nice to see you. :) I guess as long as we also focus on the positive and beautiful in life, such as art, gratitude, etc, it balances the news.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      kirsa 8 years ago

      I loved your hub, this inspires me to banish all sorts of negativity around me :P. Its good to just focus on more positive things. Although I do agree that newspapers and news on TV instil fear and cloud our judgements, its difficult for me to stay without them LOL :D

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Jayb" Thank you so much for reading and your comments! :)

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      jayb23 8 years ago from India

      This is one of better hubs so far that I have read. Its so refreshing. Specially liked the article "The best years of our lives". That was super inspiring. Cheers

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Waynet: I so agree with you! Thanks for reading and adding your positive energy. :)

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Being positive is about the best thing anyone can do and once you start being positive you start feeling positive about the future that will surround your life because of positive thoughts.

      Nice and shiny hub.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Chris and Benson: I was busy in the kitchen cooking lasagna for tomorrow's holiday lunch, sat down to take a break and check hubpages, and was pleased to find your comments in this hub.

      Thanks for reading and your comments! :)

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      Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi Violet Sun,

      thanks for reminding me what determines my mood.

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      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      We could all do well to cut the negativity in our lives, as it impacts every facet of our being. Thanks for a great hub!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Wow, I will look forward to seeing your inspirational self empowerment website soon! :)

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Michelle: I am doing great, busy working on my inspirational- self empowerment website which will be published soon. Hope you are doing good. Thank you so much for including my hub in your Facebook group! Just took a peek at the link, :)

      Love and hugs/Marie

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Violetsun, how are you? Just dropped by to tell you that I posted a link of this hub in our Loving Abundance group in facebook. I know this life's philosophy will help people see a different perspective to life. Want to check it out? Here is the link!

      http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=52166044882&...

      Thanks so much. Hope all is wonderful for you. Love and light...

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Kulsum: Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 8 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Hi VioletSun. Great hub. Keep writing.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Sweetiepie: You understood my message perfectly; I don't encourage denial of what is going on, but a higher focus on what inspires and simplifying, does put things in perspective.

      Thanks for your comments. 

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Taking breaks from the news is crucial for one's sanity.  There is only so much one can take of reports of the violence and the economy, so sometimes it is good to just focus on more positive things.  Yes the economy is not in good shape right now, but during the Depression people lived and actually escaped through movies, radio, and books.  I am not saying people have to live in lalala land, but I think there is just too much negative obsession with the economy these days.  It is just shocking for our generation I believe because we grew up feeling everything depended on credit and material things (not everyone but society in general), so people are disconcerted when for the first time in their lives they have to economize.  Being a creative person and enjoying the simple things in life, such as nature, helps us to put this into perspective.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thank you all for your insightful comments! Adds to the topic, and its appreciated. :)

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      Nice article on positivity

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      success811 8 years ago from Cochin

      Hi Violet,

      I liked your cool article of Positive attitude. As everyone knows, we have to practice the positive attitude from our childhood itself. But, due to our society, teachers, friends etc. we are not encouraged to practice it. I have read in several self-help books that we have to see only the good/positive side of everything. We have to practice it. Later on it will become a habit and we will see our life becoming more rewarding and enjoyable. Patience, Practice & Perseverance pays off!!!!

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      RickyDLV 8 years ago from USA and occasionally other countries.

      Hi Vi,

      Very nice hub, and so many great comments. I know of the power of thought, and recognise thoughts are like a&$ holes....we all got them. So, I too understand that negativity is inevitable. After all thoughts are energy inert to positive or negative. Until, we apply intention to them. It is our choice to take or make a thought good or bad.

      Thank you all for an interesting read, be well.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Jerilee: I understand, my family and friends are glued to CNN, so hear the news through them; good you found a way to balance it. :)

      Thanks for stopping by, its appreciated.

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      Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

      What a lovely reminder of the power of positivity. Here, I have a difficult time completely avoiding negativity of the media variety because of family members who are glued to the TV practically 24/7, so headphones help a lot.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thanks britney for reading and commenting. Just took a look at your hub, and wow. :)

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      britneydavidson 8 years ago from united kingdom

      wow great hub....the image of that 7th natural wonder looks awasone.i have enjoyed reading your hub and liked your +ve attitude...keep it up..have a look this one... i am sure you will like it...

      https://hubpages.com/art/Worlds-Most-Expensive-iPh...

      thanx

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hilltrekker: thanks for reading and will check your hub out.

      Josh: Thanks for stopping by, and for the gracious invitation. I unsubscribed from Gaia last night, but should I decided to join again, I will connect to you.

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      JB 8 years ago from Inside my mind

      You may find me on Gaia. My name there is Joushu. Feel free to add me. ;)

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I just became your fan, Feline Prophet, and read your bump hub, it was wise and funny. I am happy, I met you! :)

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Thank you Marie...I am enjoying reading your hubs! :)

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Feline Prophet: Thanks for your comment. :) Your avatar and sn, is so charming, LOL!

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Thanks for reminding us to stay positive...:)

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Worldwielder: Thanks for your comments, and yes, I don't mean to deny what is going on in the world, but I feel I can better serve my influencing those around me to be the best they can be. Its nice to be understood clearly, thank you! :) I copied and pasted the link you shared, and its working, could you try again? I would like to take a peek!

      Laurena: I have read all of them, but cool you shared, its a good list that others may find useful and its a reminder for me to read them again. I will check out Deepak again... he is hard to read, but always a very wise teacher. I am getting a tad dissapointed with Gaia after I wrote this hub... :::grumble:::: the owner is fantastic, but... its not Hubpages, where the community is very warm. I am being honest here. ;)

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      Laurena Nicole 8 years ago from Pullman/Seattle Washington

      Great Hub!

      I agree with everything you wrote.

      just for fun i wanted to throw out some books i've read on this type of spiritual thinking...apologies if they're ones you've already read or heard of.

      Seven Spiritual laws of Success by Deppok Chopra

      The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

      The Sedona Method- Your key to lasting peace, well-being, happiness, and success by Hale Dwoskin

      my FAVORITE quote (in Seven Spiritual Laws) is, "The past is history, The future is a mystery, and this moment is a gift. That is why this moment is called "THE PRESENT."

      i'm going to check out Gaia thanks for the suggestion!

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      WordWielder 8 years ago from Austin

      VioletSun, I think you're on to something- surround yourself with the positive in order to influence the negative that's going on all around. It's not as if you're trying to bury your head in the sand but rather than allow all that is wrong in the world to influence your worldview, you are instead attempting to positively impose your "better" worldview on the world around you. I'm also trying to associate with positive, inspiring people and also create a place where people can come to and draw strength from. This is what I've got so far: www.lifeascent.wordpress.com Tell me what you think, thanks!

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Ripplemaker: You got the gist of my message as usual. :) I am fascinated by EFT, wow, it allows one to bring up the negative emotions and transmute them. I am a newbiee with this.  And if you join Gaia do let me know wo we can be pals there.

      Thanks for visiting!  

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi VioletSun, what a beautiful hub to read after a long day at work. I'm glad I decided to drop by and check if you have written something new. I've missed our little conversations and exchanges :-) You wrote, "It is not the challenge that really matters, it is how we deal with it; how we perceive it.." That is so true. And what we focus on is what expands. So I agree with you wholeheartedly that we do not deny the duality of life but rather choose to see the light and respond in a positive way!

      Dayzeebee and I are also learning about EFT :-) And it is a great too to help deal with negative emotions. Gaia sounds interesting. Will check it out and will tell you if I'm already there. Have a blessed day! Hugs...

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Mayra: Oh, no, you didn't offend me, not at all! It's hard to convey one's message at times, without the facial expressions, and I guess I was pressed for time and didn't elaborate.

      Thank you once again for your perspective.

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      Mayra Mejia 8 years ago

      Hello Violet:

      Please note that my response was not intended to imply that you are not a conscious person, but to bring a different perspective from my personal experience. I am sorry that you felt offended my comment. I can only speak my truth even if it is different from everyone else's. I can't live life any other way. 

      God bless,

      Mayra  

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Tatjana: I love your comment, "we do not need to become saints; just be better than we were..." It sums up my philosophy. :)

      Thanks for stopping by with your bright energy and support.