Dear friends, good morning and welcome to Day 11 of the #30daymentalchallenge. Join any time—with link in bio. What is “positive thinking?” I eschew terms like “manifest”’and “Law of Attraction.” (I write instead about “selection” and the existence of numerous laws... 1/5
2/5 and forces.) But I hang onto this “golden oldie” of positive thinking. I like its historicism, I like its plainness—and something more. To me, positive thinking means deliberative thinking. It means constructive, directed, and determined thought. It does not mean rosy...
3/5 or myopic thought. It does not necessarily mean loving of neighbor or enemy, or denying of opposition or evil. (In terms of the psyche, I define evil as spite, a trait I despise). It does not deny concepts like victory—when pursued with ethics and reciprocity...
4/5 Positive thinking does not preclude—and indeed requires—action. It directs you to find ways to keep your word. The mind-body teacher Moshe Feldenkrais taught that you should be able to write down at least three solutions to any problem. Do that today...
5/5 That is positive thinking. Drifting into defeatism and repetitive patterns is negative thinking. It is the absence of thought in favor of passivity. Wishing you all good things, -M- ✊🧷⚡️#PMA Pic is a still from a recent shoot at the Players Club in NYC.

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