In any crisis, be it personal, professional, medical or academic, one common advice that everyone gives to the affected person is 'be positive'. But, is it so easy to be positive? The one who experiences the crisis himself may be able to better explain this.
All of us are aware that negativity produces wasteful thoughts and increases the number and speed of our thoughts. This dilutes the quality of our thoughts, and consequently, the quality of our life.
On the other hand self-realisation or soul-consciousness brings home the truth that the soul's original qualities of love, peace and happiness are all non-material, like the soul itself.
Even the negative traits or perversions like ego, anger, hatred, jealousy or the stresses and strains produced by these vices are non-material.
An inner journey is therefore an essential prerequisite for enjoying a happy external journey through this life and beyond.
Self-realisation enables us to easily let go of the past. Instead of regretting, it enables us to gain valuable experience from our past mistakes and increase our powers of tolerance and patience.
When one begins to learn from mistakes, the meaning of the saying 'everything happens for the best' becomes clear.
A strong willpower to learn from the mistakes enables one to transform a situation of possible failure into that of success.
Moving from success to success will always keep us in good spirits, which in turn would always keep us light, happy and positive under all conditions.
(The writer is an international speaker, spiritual educator and experienced meditation teacher)