Conscious Confidence Radio – A Timeless Wisdom with Sarah Mane
Your Attitude -Take Your Pick!
Today is the second blog post laying out my six-part F.U.S.E. program. This program is set out fully in my book Conscious Confidence – Use the Wisdom of Sanskrit to find Clarity and Success.
In my previous post I talked about your Core Values, connecting with what you truly value, what you hold dear, what makes you the person you are. This is the first stage of the FUSE program. Today, we’re going to look at the second part, and that’s all about Positive Attitude. We’re going to explore what the beautiful ancient language of Sanskrit says about attitude and the importance of choosing a Positive Attitude
Once our Core Values are clear and established, we need to look at our attitude. We need to be aware of what our attitude is. Our attitude is the lens through which we see the world. We express our values in everything that we do, and our attitude has a crucial effect on how we express our values.
I’ve asked a lot of people what they think when they hear the word ‘attitude’ – what does it mean to them? Most people’s immediate response was unenthusiastic. ‘Attitude’ carried a strong negative connotation. The topic of teenage children often came up!
Well let’s see if we can use the wisdom of Sanskrit to change our attitude to the word ‘attitude’!
There are three beautiful Sanskrit words, each of which tell us something important and helpful about ‘attitude’.
Sthiti, means our point of view or stance, the place either physically or mentally and emotionally from which we view the world, and the events and people that come our way. The next word, Bhāva, means our intent, motivation or emotional response to these people and events. How do we feel about what is happening? And the third word is Vritti, which means our conduct, what action do we take once we’ve observed the situation and experienced our feelings. What do we actually do then? So ‘attitude’ is a flow from Sthiti, our viewpoint, to Bhāva, our intent, motivation and emotional response, to Vritti, our action taken in the light of the first two.
This threefold process is taking place all the time whether we’re aware of it or not. The question we should ask is whether our attitude is positive or negative, conscious or unconscious, helpful and healthful and leading to growth and expansion, or otherwise. The key here is choice.
Sanskrit starts from the inside and looks outward. The important fact to understand about choice is that you are free to choose at any time. You choose your stance, intent, motivation and conduct.
How can we do that, you may ask? Here is a top tip.
Try gratitude. Gratitude is one of the most immediate ways to shift our point of view. Here’s a challenge, for seven days practice the ‘attitude of gratitude’ before you go to bed. Also bring awareness to your state of mind and your attitude at the start of each day. A third step is to decide to have a positive stance, intention and motivation, and choose positive conduct and positive speech.
Attitude covers everything. It’s not just a mental concept. And to shift our attitude, the key thing is to make a decision. Now that we’ve looked at Core Values and a Positive Attitude, in the next blogs I’m going to start on the next part of the F.U.S.E. Program, the fourfold energy of Conscious Confidence, starting with Focusing.