Positive words for 2020 is an article that I think is very much needed in the current situation with the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.
Our research started by analyzing the negative feelings and emotions that emerged worldwide after the start of the coronavirus COVID-19 epidemy.
Mainly, we have seen an increase in doubt, greed, panic, anxiety, lots of fear, hate, and anger. Also, we have noticed that there was an increase in verbal bullying, especially on social media.
This being said, we have come up with the following list of ten positive words for 2020:
Hope cultivated correctly is one of the antidots for doubt, together with ease and optimism. It is also said that hope is one of the essentials foods that we need as humans. There are four essential different types of food that we need in order to survive and thrive:
- The first type of food is “bitten food”; this is the physical food – anything that can be bitten and chewed, like a piece of apple;
- The second type of food is sleep;
- The third food is hope, and ancient books describe it as such. A horse strayed into the Sahara, in the desert, and wandered the sands for several days in search of water. Even when he is ready to die of thirst, he smells of water; he crawls on his knees over a hill and sees down an oasis with a small freshwater lake. The idea is – no matter how close the end is – the horse will be able to reach the water. Maybe his body is weak, but the hope is enough to sustain him for the last hundred yards. Hope keeps him on his feet, as we all do.
- The fourth food simply consists of uninterrupted moments of concentration.
The above four types of food are specified in Geshe Michael Roach – “Love Karma”, pages 150-151.
Generosity is one of the antidotes for greed, together with altruism, benevolence, self-restraint, and unselfishness.
Making sure that every day you feel generous is the base for prosperity, abundance, financial freedom. Having all the money you need when you needed it comes from a feeling of generosity. You feel the power of the feeling of generosity when you think that all that you need is more than you need it and it is always at your disposal.
Some higher thoughts of generosity will appear in your mind when you convince yourself that you can be paid by being you and there is money for you in the world like the oxygen. Some lower thoughts of generosity, but also very efficient, will come to you if you just believe that you have and you will always have more than enough. Believe that life will always take care of anything you need.
Surprisingly, loving-kindness is one of the antidotes for panic, together with self-relief and body movement. Loving-kindness is a difficult feeling to feel, especially to feel it every day and choose it every moment, when needed. Monks practice embodying loving-kindness for years, through many actions that they take every day. But even at a lower level, loving-kindness has tremendous benefits on your mind and body.
Loving-kindness is more than kindness. It is said that if you want to really feel what love is, then practice kindness for two years, then loving-kindness for another two years, then you are ready to practice Love. This practice is done in three ways: towards yourself, towards other people and towards life (the entire existence as it is). Be kind to yourself, to other people and to life as it shows right now.
Centeredness is one of the antidotes for anxiety, together with self-relief and body movement. Centeredness is again something challenging to do, especially in these times. Some people center themselves in the center of the Earth, of course through visualization. You can do it too. Just imagine that you are connected with a golden light full of pure unconditional love in the center of Earth.
Besides centering yourself on the Planet Earth, I suggest centering your mind and heart in something higher than Earth. This can be done through a combination of connecting with your higher self, with the six Dimension (the formless dimension full of unconditional love) as it is done in theta healing, with the Holy Trinity (Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, God) as it is done in Christianity and many other divine connections as they exist in every culture.
No matter how you connect with a divine higher force (power, grace) is perfect. What I want to draw attention upon is for you to do it. It’s more important, not how you do it, but to just do it. Keep your mind focused (connected) on that higher power, no matter how you define it or believe in it.
Bravery is another word for courage and it is one of the antidotes for fear, together with action and fearlessness. Have courage in these difficult times, be brave. Easily said, harder to be done when fear is knocking on your door. But humans are stronger and more courageous than they know. Due to our modern facilities, we have become comfortable in many ways. When our modern facilities are threatened, our comfort gets disturbed.
But we are not machines to operate only in a certain way. We are humans and there are many strong qualities and abilities in us, that are only dormant. Wake up your human abilities and be amazed by how brave you really are. Inspire yourself to have the courage and you will inspire other people to have courage too.
Appreciation, believe it or not, is one of the antidotes for hate, together with gentle love and goodwill.
I think a lot of verbal bullying comes from the lack of a temporary ability of one person to appreciate. First, this situation occurs because the person lacks education and does not know how to practice the art of appreciation. Surprisingly, based on the research I’ve done through my Positive Words Research project, this is the main reason why people don’t appreciate more. Second, this situation occurs because people did not train themselves to be strong in their choice between appreciation and bullying/hating/criticizing.
I strongly believe that practicing the art of appreciation can stop bullying, self-hatred, hating others, self-criticizing or criticizing others.
Acceptance and mainly “acceptance of what is” is one of the antidotes for anger, together with humbleness and forgiveness. The faster you accept what is, the faster you cool yourself down, even before you caught fire. Not catching fire is the secret of winning over anger.
Some say that anger is good, it’s transforming energy. Anger makes you change things. A lot of people change the material world with the energy of anger. I agree that anger is good. But I need to point something out and it is very important.
In the scale of consciousness, Dr. David Hawkins presents, below anger, the lower energies of shame, guilt, apathy, grief, fear, and desire. Therefore if you find yourself in a state of apathy, then anger is good because you will get yourself out of apathy and raise your vibration. Same, if you find yourself in a state of fear, then anger again is good.
Then again, on the same scale of consciousness, the same doctor presents, above anger, the feelings of pride, courage, neutrality, willingness, acceptance, reason, love, joy, peace and enlightenment. If you find yourself at the level of reason and you let yourself feel the anger then you significantly drop in vibration and consciousness. Also, please notice that acceptance is a state above anger. Therefore in order for you to reach the acceptance stage, you need to let go of anger.
8. EMBRACING VULNERABILITY
Embracing vulnerability is one of the antidotes for shame, together with audaciousness and self-worth.
Brene Brown has made amazing research on vulnerability and she briefly explains her research on her viral TEDx talk “The Power of Vulnerability”. Among her many conclusions, she also states: “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.”
Yes, change is scary. But, also, change is constant. Change is security. You can always trust that change will happen. In the middle of change, when change is happening remember: This too shall pass… this too shall change.
Maybe surprisingly for some people, but friendship is one of the antidotes for boredom, together with fun and playfulness. We like to be friends with people we like. We like to be friends with people with whom we have things in common.
How about expanding our boundaries and starting showing friendship to people we never thought we could be friends with. For example with people from other countries or people from the same country as you, who are returning home. No need to make a spectacular contribution, just small acts of kindness. Like a good welcome comment on a social network, or an encouragement of some kind. Empathy helps you a lot in friendship.
Contentment is one of the antidotes for helplessness, together with serenity and ease. Contentment is a little more than thankfulness and less than gratitude, joy or happiness. But it helps a lot. It has a lot to do with being thankful for what you have, but is actually, being content with what you have. A little smile on your face is an ingredient of contentment.
I remember one of the smallest types of meditation that I learned at one point in my life “Sit, don’t talk, smile”. In this meditation: sit still, don’t speak with your mouth, smile and mentally scan all the organs in your body. This is contentment.
Well, I hope you found some inspiration to help you get through these challenging times.
Meditate upon the positive words in this list and try to implement small actions in your life. In this way, these powerful words will become antidots for negative feelings and emotions. For yourself and the people around you.
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