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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session we're going

to talk about the positive

power of negative experiences.

And for this session, I'm going to

pull on some of the exercises in

the book Learned Hopefulness by Dr.

Dan Tomasulo.

What I love about this book is it has so

many different reflections for looking

at your past and using that understanding

to inform how you live in the present

moment in a more useful and hopeful way.

So I'd like to share one of those

exercises that has two parts that

I think can be valuable for you,

regardless of what you're going through.

The first part is to write three

events out, three negative events

that you experienced in the past

that led to a positive consequence.

That's key.

The negative events had to

lead to a positive consequence.

And the other key thing is

the new door that opened.

The positive thing that happened couldn't

have happened without the negative event.

So identify three events like that.

Then this is something you could do

after the video at your own leisure.

After you do that, think about the

circumstances surrounding that event.

And then think if this were to happen

now, would you respond in the same way

and how could you take hints from what

happened back then and use that right now?

I think this is really powerful

because we can get caught in familiar

patterns of despair and hopelessness,

even though we've gotten through

difficult experiences in the past.

And I also think it's important

to remember that we come from

a long lineage of ancestors who

made it through difficult events.

So this isn't unique to us.

We can look back on the past events we've

been through, how we've gotten through

those and the positive experiences

that came from those events and use

that to inspire us in how we meet the

negativity events in our life now.

Sometimes the most negative

experiences create the most outcomes.

And I know for me, when I look

back on my life, So many of my

big growth moments only happened

because there were intense periods

of pain, confusion, and uncertainty.

So see if this helps you in your own life.

It's another tool to put in your toolkit.

Thank you for your practice.

I'll talk to you in the

meditation and take care.

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