Teaspoon of Happy

A Daily Meditation: Practice Focusing on the Good

Our focus tends to go to the most pressing issue in life, and more often than not, that issue is a source of stress. Stress or anxiety can consume us in ways that are completely out of proportion to a problem: we can’t stop trying to solve something or obsessing about it. What that does, is make that stress spread. To our spouses, our friends, and mostly us: our being and our soul becomes tainted by the effects of this one negative thing. A daily practice to help weaken the power of the things that pain us is to instead consciously decide to focus on something positive and dedicate more of your energy toward it. A simple way to remember this is to imagine that you are the sun: whatever you shine on will be brought to life. Whatever you contribute energy to will expand and grow more powerful in your life, whatever you look toward you’ll automatically move in that direction, and whatever you think about will grow and blossom with your attention.

The same can be said for feeding negativity or worry. When you dedicate energy to thinking about bad things, be it an angry driver that cut you off and said something terrible to you, or not getting the promotion you wanted, or worry over an uncertain future, when you live inside a problem and pain it becomes more real and also more blinding. It will also be manifested in reality through your actions and mindset. Decide to focus the most energy on things that are worth it: things that will make you and those around you happy. If something is making you upset, stop and decide, is this attention-worthy? Do I want this thing to earn the level of importance and status that comes with letting it affect my life and those around me? Do I want this thing to occupy and own my day, my night, my week, my happiness? If not, start the process of refocusing. You do not want this thing to usurp your person or be more of who you are and what your life is made of. Direct your energies toward where you want to go, who you really are, and what you love. Think of things that are good in your life, work on projects of any size that feed your passions, and do things that make you happy for the sake of being happy.

The way you experience your life is something you can decide for yourself. You just have to make a decision to feel differently when negativity takes over and then put effort toward directing your focus to the positive elements. Perspective is 99% of everything. Even when it doesn’t feel like it, you do have a choice over whether or not you are going to be upset about something or you’re going to keep moving and work toward letting it go. It takes practice and a couple gentle reminders to yourself once in awhile, but it gets easier with time and the benefits are infinite.

Happy Sunday, loves. xox Sarah

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=567254713 Chris Haigh

    This is great – I’m a huge fan of the series and this another oddly well-timed one. Keep up the great work! :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=670986056 Sarah May Bates

      So glad to hear it Chris :) thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=70401428 Lucy Fisher

    Love your Sunday article as always Sarah! Definitely needed to read this today and I’m going to keep it with me. I always love reading your words of wisdom!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=670986056 Sarah May Bates

      Yay thank you Lucy xo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000684375604 Lee Prew

    Being out of work for over two years now I have been wrestling with poor mood and negative thoughts. Even when in work I found myself always stressed and full of negativity. I have recently found it essential to stop and meditate and wash away all those negative energies as they can quite easily consume you and those around you. I find the Taoist Inner Smile meditation very effective and very easy to achieve. You should not ignore the negative things in life as that can cause just as many problems as focusing too much on them. You should seek balance in mind, body and spirit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=670986056 Sarah May Bates

      Very profound. Thank you for sharing that Lee x

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1652421693 Amalia Pantazi

    Really excellent, Sara! The sun analogy is fantastic, I’ve never thought of it that way! Thank you, once again! 😀 xxx

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=670986056 Sarah May Bates

      😀 xo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688733983 Tiffany Joan

    Sarah – you inspire me with your sincere words *cyber hugs* ^_^

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=670986056 Sarah May Bates

      Thank you! Right back atcha :) xo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1277676887 Leslie Veneman Arendt

    Thank you for this post. I recently suffered a stress induced mild heart attack and this advice comes at a perfect time. I definitely need to refocus the negative. I’m planning on printing this article and keeping it nearby :)
    On another note, what is is a recovering vegetarian?
    Keep the positive energy. Much appreciated.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=670986056 Sarah May Bates

      Wow that’s a big compliment, thank you Leslie. :) Umm well I guess I’m making up for lost time (i was a veggie for many years and now i’ve discovered bacon. So yeah…) x

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002581598663 Hans Johan Svensson


    Choosing how to experiance life is first mattet of if the event in question is new or old to you. If it is new you better take it as it is, and then decide how to relax away from it. I find meditation to be very effective. There are many ways to meditate.
    I usually read or write something. Just to get it out of my skull for a while.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=529418087 Sabrina Armenta

    I love this kinda “ish”. Reminders for self improvement sometimes go overlooked when rather it’s common sense. Mankind needs to embrace these very things more often. I think we can survive a couple of days without as much Kardashians, Starbucks, gossip and despair. Well, some of us at least.
    Great job HelloGiggles! Especially, Sarah! <3

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