Yesterday I went to Noah’s school fete. It was also the celebration for the school having been open 50 years.
They had a display up of photos from days gone by and I found myself staring in this one of the 1991 netball team! (top left)
It was such a bast from the past. So many school memories came flooding back as I looked at the pictures.
It got me thinking about the negative bias in our brains. As human beings we all have this, we tend to focus on the negative so much more than the positive.
So when I think back to primary school I have this strong memory of being massively told off by Miss Atkinson for leaving the classroom without asking her permission. It is one of the only things I can remember clearly about the whole primary school experience.
When I saw this photo it was the very same teacher who took us for netball – Miss Atkinson. Actually when I think back with more clarity she was one of my favourite teachers.
Somehow my brain has always recalled the telling off rather than the lovely times we had with her. Stopping and taking the time to remember meant I got things back in perspective – back in a better order. Happier memories are now at the forefront!
Mindfulness is all about getting to know our minds and leaning to stop every now and then and to see how things are. Noticing patterns in our thinking is useful because it allows us to stop and think about changing our thoughts rather than mindlessly carrying on in the same way.
If you find yourself trapped with repeating thoughts then building a Mindfulness practise could be of great help. It is totally positive to increase your positivity with a few simple exercises.