What Is Positive Thinking About

What Is Positive Thinking About – Sattvic Mind

Most of us use all our lives to chase after happiness, not realizing it’s a choice we make every day! Read my article to discover what is positive thinking about and how sattvic mind program can help you in your search for the ultimate bliss!

This has been one of those months that absolutely everything goes wrong. It’s been really hard to try to maintain a positive attitude and thinking.

Luckily last week I have been attending a seminar about how to use the Ayurvedic sattvic mind program for positive thinkings! Although the concept was not new to me, it has reminded me of the fact that happiness is indeed something we choose with our words. actions and thoughts every day.

When Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going

First of all my health has gotten to the worst the last months and besides tightening my diet, yoga and exercise routine, I have been forced to give up my full time work, causing a considerable loss of income for my family.

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For the same reason, I have also been forced to give up my active roles in running several of my companies, as the work and travel related to it were both causing a lot of stress.

I also had 2 car accidents, although neither my fault, the hassle caused was endless! One was caused by a drunk youngster in Poland and other by a truck, who’s tire exploded, causing flying debris and junk on the road.

 

car crash

However both times, the insurance companies were refusing to handle the case with ease and pay for the damages without a fight, causing me to having to advance the repairs out of my own pocket just to get the car into driving state.

Besides from not having a car for weeks at the time, I will now be facing a motor vehicle technical inspection in January, which I know I will fail with some of the repairs still pending.  I smell a court case here!

My teenage son has experienced some trouble at school and was expelled twice, forcing me to care for him, instead of myself like I had planned. Same time my daughter also experiences difficulties in math and I have not been there to help her out for the oncoming exams due to my cancer treatments.

 

Broken Finger

Our lovely dog got bitten rather badly by an other older male while visiting on the island of Rügen by the North Sea. That aggressive dog also bit through my finger!

This has caused my dog to react somewhat aggressively towards other male dogs and made him very protective towards the kids. As a result, he bit a mail woman who entered the house while I was in the shower.

I am sure I can find plenty of other things that have gone wrong lately.

Tickets for speeding on the motorway

Friends, family and colleagues getting upset with me due to me being unavailable

Kidney infection and various flu strands that have plagued me

So forth, in a very short time, causing a lot of frustrations, anger, agitations, stress, not to mention the effect is has had on my friends and family.

You might wonder how a seminar could help me out with all of the problems above? In order to find the answer, we need to first look what health is from Ayurvedic point of view.

The Ayurvedic Definition Of Health

Ayurvedic Definition Of Health

The ayurvedic definition of the health is a complete piece of mind. A true emotional bliss, which will help us to cope with stress and negativity in our lives! It can be achieved with the help of understanding our mind, which is a complex  organism, tightly bound with our bodies and therefore all our actions and behavior.

First step is to understand the strong body and mind connection means that every thought impacts our body and every bodily function impacts our mind. The second is the knowledge how to rewire our neural pathways to change our emotional and mental habits to become healthy!

Sattvic Mind To The Rescue

 

Sattvic Mind

The seminar I attended was a reminder to me about the Ayurvedic program that leads to achieving the sattvic mind, the emotional bliss. It relies on targeted deceptively tricks to change your habits and therefore your life.

The teaching starts with the tale of three animals; elephant, tiger and jackal. They represent the 3 gunas, or qualities; sattva, rajas and tamas.

Gunas

Elephant is a strong, gentle and highly intelligent giant, who’s diet is purely vegetarian. He represents the calm sattvic mind, one that works well in the human environment. He has heightened creativity and expanded consciouses.

Sattvic Mind

Rajasic nature is represented as tiger, who kills and eats other animals. His nature as a carnivorous makes him aggressive, fierce and angry. His mind is restless and strong, always on the lookout for any dangers.

Rajasic Nature

Tamasic mind is symbolized by the jackal. He is lazy and fearful, but cunning at the same time, prone to activities not good for us; self-sabotage. He shuns daylight and survives on food which is left behind to rot by others. Mind full of tamasic qualities is dull and weak, known to faint or panic in tough situations,

Tamasic Mind

What Is Positive Thinking About Exactly?

In order to achieve the emotional bliss of a sattvic mind, you need to take care of all the aspects of your being. Everyone’s mind consist these three aspects and we need to learn to balance them right.

We need to understand that each aspect is needed, depending on the situations we encounter. For instance if we are involved in a  car crash, we need to be able to react fast and fiercely, to get out the vehicle and help the others.

It is not a moment to panic and withdraw into ourselves. This is a moment when tiger has to take over and deal with the situation, just like when we lived in a world much more filled with dangers today.

But we also need the Sattvic mind, which will help us to remain calm and steady. Taking a moment to analyze the situation, before acting is always best in any situation, in this case how to best help a person stuck in a burning car.

Analytic Mind

Returning back to our normal lives, we need a way to stay calm and happy in our jobs and family lives, surrounded by all the external stress factors.

This means we need to cultivate a mind that is high on sattvic aspects, yet not overwhelming rajas and tamas. As cunningness and fierce actions are parts of problem solving in our daily lives. We also need to be lazy in order to be able to relax and enjoy our lives.

Two Legs Of The Balance

Ayurveda recognizes that there are two legs of balancing the qualities. Ahara, the diet and Vihara, activities and lifestyle.

Ahara – The Diet

Fruit

The journey starts with nutrition, move towards eating like an elephant.This means:

  • Clean eating with less processed and ready made food, which is full of preservatives, colorants and toxins.
  • Increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet and choose biologically grown when ever possible.
  • Reducing our consumptions of meat, slowly changing to a vegetarian diet. For protein favor eggs, butter and yogurt.

Vihara – Activities and Lifestyle

 

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Each an one of us is born with a different balance in our gunas and together with doshas, they define our persona to some extend. However we also face changes by the demands of our environment, often bringing a less favorable aspect to dominance.

We all have the power to chance the amount of these aspects in ourselves and therefore change our personalities. By changing the way we behave, we can bring joy into our lives.

To practice this we need to do the following:

  • Follow some mental exercises to achieve calmness of mind and practice self-love
  • Focus on pleasurable activities that bring us happiness, fulfillment and joy.
  • Accept our natural urges such as yawning, sex drive and hunger. We should strive to learn to control them, without suppressing them.
  • Incorporating gentle exercise in form of walks and yoga into your daily routine.
  • Get more sleep to be more agile of mind
  • Eat moderate amounts of the favorable diet
  • Meditate and use deep relaxation techniques daily to achieve higher self-awareness
  • Practice Yogic breathing, also called Pranayamas for calming the mind
  • Use spices and herbs to balance your energies
  • Be kind and gentle to yourself to reduce negativity towards your being

Stop SignFinally it is important to learn the techniques to recognize the situations when one of the less favorable aspects of your mind is about to take over and stop it from happening before it’s too late.

You can read my previous article about meditation benefits, it deals with how meditation can help you to control anger:

10 Benefits From Meditation – Ready To Make A Change

All the mental problems and illnesses can be relieved or even reversed by following the Ayurvedic path to discovering our unique minds, turning negative thinking into positive and applying some self-care to balance the aspects our mind consist of.

If you want to learn more about how to bring some more happiness into your life, take a look at The Sattvic Mind program. A DVD and online course into the techniques in achieving the Sattvic mind!

 

Sattvic Mind

Practice Positive Thinking To Overcome Problems

Positive thinking brings you happiness! It helps you to make the best out of every situation and discover all the things in your life worth celebrating.  Being happy in your life is a choice you make like any other, be sure to remember this when go chasing after the bliss!

By adding more sattvic aspect into mind I have been able to see positivity in everything instead of dwelling on my problems. I have once again been reminded what positive thinking is really all about!

To learn more about the practice of positive thinking, read my article about walking meditation method:

Walking Meditation Benefits – Gratefulness 

Instead of seeing an overwhelming mountain of issues like the week before, I have instead started to deal with them one at the time, prioritizing things and concentrating on the most important once.

I chose to take care of myself and my children. In the end money and other material things are not as important as me getting healthy is. Concentrating on my children to ensure their growth is a priority!

Join me today in choosing happiness!

With All My Love,

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46 thoughts on “What Is Positive Thinking About – Sattvic Mind”

  1. Thanks for your very personal and marvellous posting! Comparing the different mental abilities to animals is brilliant. It makes it easier to understand the whole concept, you are a great author. I think this technique really might be a key for better life. I will bookmark your blog and definitely will come back at some point.

    1. Hi Faith, thank you for your kind words. I wish I could take the credit for comparing the different mindsets to animals, but it is part of the sattvic mind concept. Hindus often draw comparisons to animals and their particular abilities or traits, even with their Gods, which all are just different faces for one God.

  2. I loved your article about what positive thinking is. Most people get so hang up with the small problems in life, that they forget the bigger picture and all the beauty that’s there to see, if you only look hard enough. I will give this course a go since I am very interested in the concept of sattvic mind.

    1. Hi Rachelle, it’s good to know that my article what is positive thinking about has given you some inspiration! Sattvic mind is really an amazing concept and bases itself on some of the core principles of ayurvedic medicine. The DVD course explains it really well and teaches you how to use these techniques to achieve a piece of mind even in difficult situations.

  3. This is extremely interesting concept, that I’ve never heard of. Most people only know about doshas. I just did your online test. Is this the reason why ayurveda promotes vegetarian diets?

    1. Hi Michael,
      Indeed, the doshas are more known for people outside the ayurvedic medicine practitioners. Sattvic mind can only be achieved with vegetarian diet, however it is not the only reason why ayurveda promotes plant based diet. Ayurveda is baser on Vegas, an ancient collection of texts in Sanskrit. Hinduism is based on these as well and just like in Hinduism, reincarnation is also a concept of ayurveda. The idea that animals have souls and that the souls can migrate between humans and animals depending on the karma is the reason why plant based diet in promoted in ayurveda.

  4. Thank you for sharing.
    The philosophy behind is really interesting and gripping.
    Can I asked how did you implement the qualities of The Sattvic Mind in order to handle all the occurnaces you described?

    It seems like a lot to handle, yet I got the feeling that breezed through it.

    1. Hi Ido,
      I’m happy you like the philosophy! It’s a long term program and more practice you have, easier it is to act calm and collective in the situation or crises or when life in general gives you lemons. You simply increase the sattvic part of your mind by performing pleasurable activities, practicing calming methods such as meditation and learning the techniques to know when you are slipping into the undesired behavior and stress!

  5. That was awesome. Thank you very much for that. Yes, I see a lot of benefits to this concept. And I agree with all except for the vegetarian diet part LOL. I wish you the best and just keep on keeping with that positivity.

    1. Hi Brent. I’m happy you agree with the program despite it promoting vegetarism. Many people find it difficult to switch their dietary preferences, but once they do, they experience remarkable progress, as mind and body truly work in harmony!

  6. Hi Hanna, I’m not so deep into Ayurveda and Sattvic mind program, but it is a great article. It is important to think positive and take the bad things as challenges to get even stronger out of it. Also it is important to do exercises like Yoga to do something good to your body. I’m struggling with the diet, because I’m using sometimes food to reward me.

    A big hug and I hope you get better soon!

    1. Hi Orpheus,
      thank you for the comment, I am happy you enjoyed the article. We need to learn to appreciate the mind&body connection. What comes to health, it’s often the small things that make the biggest difference. What comes to using food as reward, you are not alone. This is very hard one to crack as human mind is set on producing feel good hormones when we eat something pleasant. For most people this means sweet, sugary things, for others this means savory. It is possible to crack this cycle, but it needs a lot of willpower and time. I am known to sometimes collapse into this behavior myself, it’s human and we need to pick ourselves up and say: I can do this, today is a new day. And go on this way, one day at the time!
      *Hugs*

  7. Thanks for this article full of great information and tips on thinking positive about any situation. Without going into details, I’ve gone through some tough times recently and haven’t had many positive thoughts about the situation. I could definitely take on board what you have pointed out to help change my thinking.

    Even something so simple, like going for a walk, can make a huge difference. I’ve been walking my eldest child to school this week, and how I feel after the walk is a complete contrast to how I felt last week.

    I would love more sleep though. Our children are going through a phase of coming down to our bed through the night. All this does is prevents me and my wife from having a nice sleep. Not sure if there is anything I can do in this space except wait for the phase to end.

    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Andrew, you are very welcome. When life comes up with challenges it’s difficult to stay positive. Being outside and exercising gives your mind some time to relax. The fresh outside air is also good for the mind. Additionally exercise produces feel good hormone in your brain. Sleep deprivation is a serious issue in mental health. You can try to establish good patterns and daily rhytm for your children in order to get some more down time for yourself!

  8. I love the parallel with animals. You are a gifted writer. I think your points are very good about how diets effect us mentally. I suffered years from IBS and it made me depressed. Once it was successfully treated, my depression slowly lifted.
    Regards, Bertha

    1. Hi Bertha,
      Yes, Ayurveda uses a lot of animals and their properties in their story telling, this is typical in India, even the Hindu Gods are based on animal characters 🙂
      Diet has a huge influence in our moods, so I am not surprised that IBS led to depression. I am happy you got it sorted though!

  9. Hi Mira, first thank you for this wonderful site, so much info, I need to return.
    I suffer from depression and drugs don’t help. Tried 9 different ones this year. I went to seminar which talks about Ayurveda and depression and it was so good. I am desperate to make a chance for the sake of my daughter. I want to try this program, do you know if they deliver to Germany?

    1. Hi Michael, I am sorry to hear about your depression, but happy you have found out about Ayurveda. I can whole heartedly recommend this program, I have tried it myself and it gives some wonderful tips and hints. They deliver also to Germany.

  10. Hi Hanna,

    You are one tough cookie to be dealing with all that and still have the power to say all these positive things. That Ayurvedic program must work well that you are doing.

    I actually enjoyed yoga when I did it in the past. I should definitely get back in that. I’ll admit I had a little chuckle when I read that yoga was a gentle exercise. I’m a large guy and when I was doing yoga it was everything but gentle :).
    Yoga is indeed one of the biggest workouts I’ve ever been through.

    I think with a positive mind you can achieve anything but you have to stay positive at all costs. This is a very difficult thing for me to do and I think I may need the help of this Sattvic Mind program.

    As I watch the video it seems that I have a lot in common with what she is talking about. Like the constant back pains and such. I can see where holistic methods can be much more effective.

    I also like that part of the video where she is saying that the getting rid of your anger can be as easy as dumping cheese from my diet.

    I am saving this page for sure!

    Thanks for writing this post it was very helpful!

    Cheers

    1. Hi David, thank you 🙂 Yes, the program is working really well, I can full heartedly recommend it. Yoga is wonderful, when they say it’s gentle they mean it’s not aggressive or explosive in nature such as running.

      There is a connection with the body and mind, which most people don’t understand and appreciate. Diet plays a huge part in our health, both physical and mental. Give it a go, I promise you won’t regret it!

  11. Hi Art, I am sorry to hear about all the problems you have dealt with in such a short period!

    The car accident caused by a drunk Polish guy? My friend a few weeks ago has had a car accident caused by a drunk polish guy here in Italy!

    Sounds like an amazing program Art! 🙂

    You have mentioned that positive thinking is crucial for happiness.

    I know a friend that has confidence issues she is very shy and nervous around people.

    Searched on Google and found out that positive thinking is that way.

    What do you think? I would like to help her out with this!

    Thanks for sharing this awesome article and have a good day

  12. Hi, I admire your attitude. With so much going on in your life you have taken the negatives and turned them into positives. At least, it seems like that.

    I am by no means an expert in this field, in fact I was searching for something to help me sleep better. I see you mention getting more sleep helps the mind to be more agile. My problem is, getting the sleep. Do you have any knowledge of how to help with this and do you think this is related to positive thinking?

    1. Hi Craig, thank you for your comment, I appreciate it.
      Yes, I try to use a technique known for turning every negative tough to a positive one!
      Most people have a problem with getting their minds and their bodies to relax in order to fall asleep.There are several ways of getting better nights sleep. Several herbs, teas and techniques. I am thinking of writing an article about that one of these days soon 🙂 However my personally favorite techniques is a deep relaxation or sleep meditation! I have one here, give it a go. For the best results read part of my article associated with it: Pain Management With Meditation. The link will take you directly to the relevant part!

  13. Hi Hanna! I am really happy you had a chance to participate in this course, I missed it because I was too late and the course was already full 🙁 Did you learn something new or did it only serve as a reminder? I can imagine you were qualified to teach this course yourself 🙂
    I always think of the 3 animals which you thought me about when I am struggling with negativity in my life and try to imagine myself as an elephant, this always makes me laugh!

    1. Hi there Diana,
      I am sorry you didn’t get the chance to be there, I was wondering as I knew you wanted to! I learned some new techniques as you know everyone has their own favorites!
      Like always with courses in Ayurveda, I actually ended up sharing my experience with the teacher, like many others. This is the biggest value of a seminar, learning from other practitioners around the world!

  14. Hi Jackie, lovely to have a comment from someone, who like me is practicing Ayurveda! You are absolutely right, the gunas are the essential parts of the mind. We are born with one of two prominent gunas, but can learn to influence mix and introduce a balance with our diet and behavior.

    Yes, I know things will be OK in the end, I just have to cope one thing at the time until all the mess is sorted!

  15. Hello there,
    I’ve been studying Ayurveda for over 15 years and enjoyed this piece. First, sorry you’ve had it so rough lately. This too shall past.
    Just like the 3 doshas are the essential components of the body, Sattva, Rajas and Tamas the the 3 essential components of the mind.
    We all have mixed amounts of the gunas, but one will always predominate and determine our mental state. Key to health is to keep them in equilibrium!

  16. wow, I hope this week is going to be better for you. There is a lots of very positive information here, thank you I shall be adopting some of your techniques and expanding my diet to include more healthy foods. x

    1. Hi Dawn, thank you for leaving a comment 🙂 My week is improving, one day at the time! Positivity is the key, changing the diet and adding more healthy choices will definitely help to regain a balance of the mind.

  17. Wow sounds like you have been through some tough times recently. I do appreciate your suggestions on positive thinking. I agree that there is a strong connection between the body and the mind, and the more positive thoughts we have, the better we become in terms our emotional and physical well being. It seems like there’s a silver lining in every cloud, and positive thinking is just a matter of finding that silver lining. Thank you for the article!

    1. Hi Marc, nice of you to leave me a comment, you are very welcome 🙂 Yes, the mind and body connection is strong! When I got sick with cancer, my doctors tried to cure me by poisoning my body. I was in a very weak state and it was not working out, I was just getting sicker. In the end I stopped the vicious cycle of chemical treatments and operations. Instead I found a wonderful clinic, where people believed in the concept of healing the whole person and treating the unbalances that caused the illness in the first place!
      Positive thinking has really made a big difference in my fight, both for my body and my mind.

  18. I am so happy I have a positive mind. I know I have to work on my physical conditioning. I injured my back earlier in the year. I increased the weights more than I should have on one of my exercises in the gym. The result was several months of physical therapy. I started yoga, but stopped because of the injury to my back. But mentally, I am at peace with myself and have a positive outlook. I have eliminated most of the sources of negativity. For example, the newspaper and negative people. And the poor food choices. As you indicate in your post, having a positive mind helps overcome the daily challenges of life.

    1. Hi Glen, thank you for leaving a comment!
      I think you need to take special care of starting yoga after a back injury. There are several poses, which are very good for relieving back pain and strengthen the muscles, but they should be learned with a qualified teacher. I am not sure how you started yoga, but it might have not been the correct way or your might have not gotten enough proper guidance! A good Hatha yoga studios have special yoga for back classes. You should try to look for one in your area, it can definitely help out with your back problems!
      It is true that sometimes other people have a negative influence in us and then we have to learn them go. Diet chance can make a huge difference to your mental health, sometimes people have hard time understanding this, I am happy you have!

  19. I am an Integrative Health Coach and I am always interested in helping my clients get to the best health of their life. I use many of the principles suggested to achieve this ayurvedic state of peace and wellness. When clients add in meditation, eat well with plenty of whole foods and use movement every day, the changes are phenomenal. I hope people take the good advice in your article and apply it to their life. They are small but profound changes. Thanks!

    1. Hi Linda, nice to hear from someone who is doing a job similar to mine!
      I wish more health-care professionals understood that you cannot take only care of the mind, without taking care of the body. It is essential to understand that our mind is greatly influence by our bodies and therefore chances such as healthy diet, exercise and meditation will always produce better results than any drugs!

  20. Hello Mira
    My goodness! your article is very helpful. I have enjoyed reading through and I now feel I have a better solution to my problematic situations. How much does that course cost? and how long will it take me to complete the course?

    1. Hi Bruno,
      I am happy you found my article useful. The Sattvic Mind course costs 97USD, it is not something that you can do from one day to the next. You need to keep on practicing and using the techniques highlighted in the course. You can start seeing results in days, but it will take months or even years to completely chance your life. It is worth it however and with the techniques every day is better than the previous one!

  21. Wow and I thought I had a rough week.
    I do believe, just like you, that happiness is a choice. We all have our challenges, it’s how we decide to deal with them that will determine the outcome.
    It’s easy to let your mind run off to not so happy places sometimes, but when knowing that happiness is a choice… You choose…
    To get balance, I like the approach of diet and activities that you discuss above.
    Where are these courses available? Would love to attend one.

    Hugs to you, stay strong!

    1. Hi Vicky,
      Thank you very much, sending hugs back!
      Happiness is definitely a choice and we must choose it everyday, especially on the thought times. This is the reason I gave the example from my own live, as often people make excuses saying: But it’s just too hard right now to be positive! Nonsense, there is always something positive, you just have to find it and make it more important than the negative.
      The seminar I attended was a one off run by a guest speaker, invited by Yoga Vidya in Germany. Ayurvedic institutes sometimes run one, but there is a great course into this subject available online. You can purchase it here The Sattvic Mind

  22. Great article! I totally believe in positive thinking and try to stay positive all the time. Life happens and not everything is going to be pleasant but it’s how you deal with it that matters.

    I had a bad case of bed bugs which was a total nightmare. One of the worst experiences in my life as it was both physically and emotionally draining causing a lot of stress and arguments with my wife. I decided to use that negative experience and turn it into a positive by creating a website about it and trying to help others who are suffering just like we had. Provide them tips on how to get rid of bed bugs and what worked for us so they won’t have to suffer as long as we did. I definitely would have loved a helping hand when we had to deal with it so I’m sure others would love additional information.

    1. Hi Andy,
      Thank you very much for the roses. Life consist of both good and bad, we just need to find a balace.
      I love how you draw a parallel from your own life, your website will help people who are fighting those nasty beasts!
      I have done exactly the same than you. I created this website in order to help others to deal with problems that I have been facing in my life! I can only hope people find it useful and helpful.

  23. From past experience, I definitely think that positivity has knock-on effects in our day to day lives.

    I sort of compare positive thoughts to good elements you can put in your diet through food. A positive thought is equal to a healthy nutrient if you like!

    A few years back I went down this road during a dark period in my life and I actually used to use a magic marker to write ‘p’ in black on my hand every morning – using it to remind myself to stay positive.

    It sounds pretty basic but it actually worked for a number of months…

    Great article and a great subject – very interesting read!

    1. Hi Christopher, thank you for leaving a comment 🙂 Positivity is a key to coping with what life throws at us! When we have dark periods in our lives, let them last few hours, weeks or months, we can greatly influence them by introducing pleasurable activities into our days and making healthy food choices!
      There are countless tricks for reminding ourselves to stay positive, your is a really cool one! I love music and tend to use some songs to remind myself that things are good. Song might vary from day to day, something the same one gets stuck for months at the time. Right now it’s Robbie Williams

      I love my life
      I am powerful
      I am beautiful
      I am free
      I love my life
      I am wonderful
      I am magical
      I am me
      I love my life

  24. I have heard of this concept, but never really understood it well. This article was well put together and it cleared a lot of things up for me. I like the personal touch you gave it, instead of just telling about the program.

    I am intrigued by it, because my teenage daughter suffers from depression, do you think this would help?

    1. Hi Maria! I am happy that you enjoyed my article!
      Yes, sattvic mind program absolutely helps with depression. It concentrates in techniques to that produce happy thoughts and will help to lift the negativity that lead to depressions. I am not sure how bad the depression is, so I am bit careful for making definite statements here. This technique can be used on its own or as a supplement to counseling and/or medication.
      If you want, you can contact me privately ArtByHeart@ArtByHeart.biz

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