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Is It Possible?

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Feb 27th 2013


goodWhen we’re not feeling well our negativity bias is in full effect. This is the part of our brain that is trying to keep us safe, but sometimes goes a bit too far persistently on the lookout for what’s wrong outside of us and within us. Once in a while it’s important to ask ourselves, “Is it possible that we hold more good within us than we think?” 

Every morning I get a Daily Now Moment (DNM) to my email box with something short and sweet to help ground me to the here and now and give me a bit of perspective. 

Here is the one that came today:

“Is it possible that we hold more good within us than we think? 

Is it possible that our brains are inclined toward looking for negativity in life and breezing over those aspects that are positive? 

Most importantly, is it possible that with an awareness of how we are wired, we can transcend these conditionings and recognize more choice in life?

Walt Whitman said: "I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness."

What distracts you from your goodness?  News, unhealthy relationships, unhealthy thinking? 

Make a point to be aware of it and be on the lookout for your goodness. 

Bring this awareness into the moments of your day. Pause and drop into your goodness.”

What would be different if on and off throughout the day you had an equally vocal part of your brain that reminded you of your goodness and was pretty convincing? 

This isn’t meant to drive narcissism, where our heads are too big to fit through the doorway, but instead to give us some perspective and balance. 

As is said in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), as long as you are living, there is far more right with you than wrong with you. 

But it’s a practice and a skill to look for what’s right because ultimately, if you’re depressed, your brain is just going to default to what is wrong with you. That’s just the way it works. 

What is your goodness? Share below; your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit from. 


Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and is author of the upcoming book The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

Check out Dr. Goldstein's acclaimed CD's on Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Mindful Solutions for Addiction and RelapsePrevention, and Mindful Solutions for Success and Stress Reduction at Work. -- "They are so relevant, I have marked them as one of my favorites on a handout I give to all new clients" ~ Psychiatrist.

If you're wanting to integrate more mindfulness into your daily life, sign up for his Mindful Living Twitter Feed. Dr. Goldstein is also available for private psychotherapy.

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