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Negativity Bias

Cory Muscara






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Negativity Bias

In this meditation, we'll practice rewiring the brain to savor and appreciate more of the "good" moments in our life, and not endlessly ruminate on the "bad "moments.

Let's begin by finding

a comfortable posture.

This could be sitting,

standing, or lying down.

If it's comfortable,

you can close your eyes.

And we'll take one deep breath together.

In through the nose.

And slowly out through the mouth.

Invite the jaw to relax.

Letting the shoulders be at ease.

And letting the belly and hands soften.

Just checking in with the body and

seeing if there's anywhere that

you're still gripping or tensing.

As the body starts to relax, the breath

can fall back into its natural rhythm.

And let's collect our attention

at the breath for a few moments.

Just feeling the belly as

it inflates with an inhale.

And deflates with an exhale.

In this meditation, we're

working with the negativity bias.

And one way we can combat the negativity

bias is by focusing on and really

allowing ourselves to feel what is good.

So take a moment to bring to mind

something that makes you happy.

Maybe a relationship or a recent

event that happened, sense of

pride, connection, love, intimacy.

And as you bring that to mind, notice if

there's already a state shift and where

you start to feel something internally,

an emotion, sensations, lightness, warmth.

ease, safety.

And instead of turning away from

those feelings or dismissing

them, really allow yourself to

experience it, to even amplify it.

What is it like to feel good right now?

And feel as though you're, you're

taking it in, you're absorbing it

like a dry sponge taking in water.

Let the sensations permeate your body.

And with every breath,

breathing it in more deeply.

Giving yourself permission to feel good.

Let's take one more deep breath together.

In through the nose.

Out through the mouth.

And when you're ready, you

can open your eyes again.

Great job.

As you go about your day, notice

when the negativity bias comes

up or when you feel like you're

just dismissing good experiences.

This is our tendency.

But instead, really try to

appreciate them while they're

there and feel them more deeply.

This will help them rewire the

brain to not just dismiss those

events as they're happening.

Thank you for your practice.

And until we talk again, take care.

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