Natural High recently posted an entry about the concept of appreciative listening, showing that we’re more likely to meet challenges by asking “what’s right here” than listing everything that’s wrong with the situation.
By listing negatives, that’s where we place our focus; then we miss potential solutions. Appreciative listening reminds me of the Kabbalistic practice of seeking out the areas in one’s life that are running smoothly and strengthening those rather that focusing all of one’s attention on things that are not going well.
Obsession with answers in areas of doubt only strengthens our doubt. We make progress through certainty, not by adding energy to our problem areas. By reinforcing what’s good in our lives, we bring more light into our lives and clear our minds and find solutions where we previously saw none.