“Let positive, strong, helpful thoughts enter into your brains from very childhood. Lay yourselves open to these thoughts and not to weakening and paralysing ones.” – Swami Vivekananda

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Vivekananda was himself influenced from a very young age by spiritualism and positivity, raised to balance his youthful exuberance with the understanding that service to humankind is a ‘holy’ mission. He died relatively young, just 39 years old, yet his short life has been recognised as being key to, amongst other things, introducing not only Hinduism but also interfaith cooperation to the wider world, as well as the central philosophies of yoga.

In researching his teachings, I’m struck by his dedication to purity, truth and positivity, driven not by dogmatic ritual or books but by faith in one’s own divine potential, through positive thinking, as the quote above suggests. It’s become easier for me to see that the strength and conviction we can achieve when we resist weakness in our own thought processes becomes fuel for positivity to keep flowing, creating a sustainable and positive feedback cycle. 

Mastering the art of using positive thought to drive positive action is a lasting legacy of his influence on many people, worldwide, of all ages – but especially in younger people. Since 1984, and in recognition of his contribution to positively influential thoughts on young people, his birthday is celebrated in India as ‘National Youth Day’. 

Can you remember when you were a child, before the filters of ‘pragmatism’, or so-called ‘realism’, eroded your sense of optimism? Do you recall those feelings of innocence and purity that enthused you, fearlessly, to discover your own joy and truth? Will you reintroduce this into your thinking today and create the same positive cycle of ‘thought-deed-outcome’?

Love and light,

Jim Sharman
14.04.2021

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