Originally Posted by Nico Kempe
Just a thought, if we more or less 'avoid' those things, such as all those wars you stated, avoid being reminded of them, would we then automatically have less negative thougts and more positive thougts?
I'm not sure that this is desirable... there is an alternative. Buddhists for example devlop compassion through the direction of attention to specific aspects of suffering and to their desire to alleviate the suffering of all sentient beings. Many Buddhist prayers/dedications take the form of affirmations to this effect. But it does take training.
By all means withdraw ones energy from that that increases suffering, but a refusal to engage with the suffering of others, or a denial of suffering, is a denial of our nature of light, IMO. Engaging with that suffering (or perceived suffering) in a truly resourceful way can change the world in so many meaningful ways.
Positive thinking is, by itself, meaningless. The creation of a delusional world. I have no wish to surround myself with positive thinking robots, but I do wish to consort with those that can see the suffering of the world and choose to discover how to respond ever more resourcefully.
What I am trying to say is that if one's attention is focussed on suffering, there will be more suffering in one's life. If your attention is focussed on the need for positive action and change to alleviate suffering... you get the equation
In love and light