I rarely think of myself as negative. When I am, I examine my life to see what is bothering me. Why I am down? Am I depressed? Until I really hear my words and how I express myself, I don’t notice my thoughts. It is a downward spiral and so I must break the cycle.
My practice becomes to go through a day without saying anything negative.
I must sometimes deal with facts, so perhaps the letter of the experiment cannot be held to account. But as I try to filter my thoughts and let my intention be to express no negativity, I recognize my normal patterns.
It’s an eye-opener. This will be my third day trying to follow the path of joy. Today I intend to use gratitude as a foil to the unruly thoughts that enter my head. That will be better than feeling down on myself for the number of negative words that try to slip off my tongue.
Onward and upward!