As I have mentioned in this blog many times, I am a hot yoga enthusiast. I mostly do it as a form of exercise, a very demanding form of exercise. Yoga, they say, has many additional benefits, from the medical to the metaphysical. I really love to sweat.
Occasionally, one might hear something in a Yoga class that can change the way you look at the world. Just last week my teacher, Leo, said something that made a big difference.
First, let me tell you about Leo. He’s a professional Bikram teacher, and amateur philosopher. People flock to his classes for the workout, the philosophy and the humor. Leo always has a smile on his face…he’s never in a bad mood.
In Philadelphia we have a sports radio broadcaster who when asked how he is doing, always answers, “Never had a bad day in my life.” Then he goes on complaining, criticizing and condemning just about everyone in town…including his call ins.
Whenever I meet someone who maintains a genuine positive attitude I am in awe. I just completed my next book, Short Guide to a Long Career. I will be distributing it for free at summer’s end. If you are on my mailing list (See the ADL list on the right >>>), you will get your copy as soon as it’s ready.
In the book I write about what it takes to have a long sustainable career in dentistry. Most dentists know that is not something to take for granted. I write about well-being and happiness. Sustainable happiness.
The positive psychologists tell us that well-being is determined by 5 nutriments:
- Positive Emotions
- Engaging Work
- Positive Relationships
- Meaningful Work
The first one…positive emotions is a tough one…especially in such an emotional profession like dentistry. Staying positive has always been my biggest challenge. I suppose it’s a big challenge for other dentists too…with all of the negative complaining, criticizing and condemning I read online these days.
Let me return to Leo…how does he do it?
During our last class I listened as he taught the students. He corrected people and as he noticed frustration—he just said, almost as an automatic response – “It’s all good.”
Then it hit me—he created a thought habit—“It’s all good.”
And it is!
So I have been practicing. I slow down and think. No matter what happens—I choose my response…and it’s all good.
It has a great calming effect. Days go by much better…I have more energy. Negative energy can suck the life right out of you.
Norman Vincent Peale was right—there is power in a positive mental attitude. The problem is how to maintain it…
Try it…it can’t hurt…It’s all good.