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Mettâtations and Positive Psychology.
Positive Psychology: the active pursuit of Happiness.

Positive Psychology will change your life for the better. I could (and am in the process) write a whole book on the integration of Positive Psychology and how it can and should integrate into other practices and areas of our lives. One of the most important lessons from the research is the fact that we can positively change our brains, our thoughts, our habits, everything in our lives with some really simple practices. How you think about what is happening is more important than anything that has or will happen to you. You have control of your life, your happiness, and everything in your life. And you can make it great. You have the power, no more excuses.

 

"Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play."

I see Positive Psychology relating to Mettatations as the study, development, and application of practices to change ways of thinking, behaviors, and actions that lead to positive results, positive behaviors, and positive beliefs. Mettatations are active and proactive practices designed to help you be healthier, happier, and to flourish. Mettatations help us access parts of our minds, spirit, and bodies so that we can fill those areas with peace, love, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, wisdom, and the five characteristics of flourishing: Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishments (PERMA). These virtues are the heart of every mettatation.

Three important themes that I have incorporated into Mettatation practices are: 1) It is more important what you think about things, than the things that happen to you. 2) To perform at our optimum levels across the entire day we must take breaks every 60 – 90 minutes to rest and rejuvenate our minds and bodies. 3) We must identify, understand, and change some of our core beliefs and experiences from our past in order to change and create better beliefs and behaviors to have a better life in the future. But we only spend a small fraction of the time examining the negative or past behaviors before we pivot and start to cultivate the positive virtues, feelings and behaviors that we want in our lives.

If you hadn't heard about Positive Psychology before now, be prepared to have your life permanently changed for the better. The emergence of Positive Psychology as it's own branch of Psychology began in 1998 with Martin Seligman. Learned Optimism was the first book of his that I read over 10 years ago, and is a great place to start. Or you can start with a couple of his other books, Authentic Happiness or his latest, Flourish. Dr. Seligman building off of others work was the pioneer in switching the focus from an illness model to a wellness model of psychology. And Positive Psychology is at the heart of every mettatation!

 

Peace, Love, and Compassion,

Steve


Steve Dietrich

May your Mind be full of Peace, your Body full of Love, and your Heart full of Compassion.

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Mettatations: Positive Psychology   +  Meditation   +   Touch   +   Breath   +   Movement   +   Yoga

Positive Psychology is one of the 6 foundations of Mettatations. It is at the heart of Mettatations and one of the important factors that separates Mettatations from every other type of meditation and yogic practice.
There are many different positive psychology tools that you can use that have calming, healing, and/or energizing effects on your mind, body, and spirit. Here are a few practices from Positive Psychology that you can integrate into your Mettatation practice:
  • Smile
  • Think of a few things to be grateful for
  • Know that you can make positive changes in your life
  • Spend time in nature
  • Take regular breaks to rest your body and mind
  • Create a bucket list
  • Do something for someone else
  • Listen
  • Mettatate!
  • Meditate
  • Do Hatha Yoga
  • Exercise
  • Eat healthy food
  • Spend time with friends or family
  • Have a hobby
  • Don't take things personally
  • Forgive often
  • Read
  • See stress as a beneficial challenge
  • Don't label things good or bad

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There are many resources, books, authors and Positive Psychologists that I recommend for your own study. I will list a few here now, and will add more over time.

Enjoy!

Tal Ben-Shahar - Happier. Tal also taught Positive Psychology at Harvard, and you might be able to find the video lectures on-line, they are definitely worth watching.

Barbara Fredrickson - Positivity.

Tony Shwartz - The Power of Full Engagement.

Caroline Adams Miller - Creating Your Best Life.

 

There are many more books that I can recommend and will add more to this page later. More to come...





Mettatations Help You Cultivate These Virtues and More

Mettatations actually have goals: to help you increase your happiness, mental and emotional health, and to help you have more positve emotions, relationships, and meaning in your life. The virtues below are the things that make life more enjoyable and fuller. If you can cultivate more of these in your life you will have a better life. You will have more health, happiness, and well-being in every area of your life. With Mettatations it's easy to increase the Peace, Love, and Compassion in your life.



Peace

Peace

Peace is a cornerstone to a happy life. When you have more peace in your life you have more control in making your life the life you want. Your health is better, your relationships are better, your decisions are better.

Love

Love

Love is the answer. It all goes back to love. To learn to truly love, honor, and take care of yourself and others. When you feel love, everything in your life is easier.

Compassion

Compassion

Compassion for yourself and for others. Often we need to step outside of ourselves and see the bigger picture so that we can understand what truly is happening. We all make mistakes, we all want love, we all what to contribute.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Forgiveness for ourselves and others. Forgiveness can be a challenge. We need to learn how to manage our egos and let go of attachments. To focus on the future, positive solutions, and the things we can positively affect.


Gratitude

Gratitude

Gratitude is one of the keys to health and happiness. We are all dependent on one another and this planet. There are so many things and people to be grateful for, and when we practice gratitude we realize our connection to others and ourselves.

Freedom

Freedom

Freedom from Judgement - Freedom from self-judgement and judging others. We label things as good or bad too soon. We avoid discomfort when sometimes we need to deal with it and look for the lessons. We are all sacred, we are all learning, life is a constant growing journey to enjoy.

Strength

Strength

We need to develop our Strength and Confidence so that we can pursue our dreams. We all face challenges and we need the strength to take care of ourselves and do the work we need to do to full, happy, healthy lives.


Courage

Courage

Courage to live your life. Courage to stand up for what is right. Courage to follow your dreams and be the person you were meant to be, to reach your highest potential.

Wisdom

Wisdom

Wisdom to make good decisions. Wisdom to act, not to react. Wisdom to appreciate and respect everyone and everything in this world. And to act in it's best interest.



The Foundations of Mettatations

Mettâtations are the integration of several practices into new healing, restorative, and energizing practices. To understand the practice fully, you can examine the individual and integration of the different components listed below. Mettatations are powerful and multi-faceted practices directly connecting the internal (mind, body, spirit), external (others/world), and universal; with the past, present, future.


Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology

How we use our mind to help ourselves flourish is the most important thing to master. Happiness only comes from within our mind. What we think about things is more important than the thing that happens. Let's actively build positive thoughts and turn them into positive actions.

Breath

Breath / Air Energy
Pranayama

Air is literally energy. We take the breathe, the air for granted. The air we breathe holds the energy of the universe. We can bless the air we breathe and use it to heal and rejuvenate our body and mind.

Touch

Touch

Touching is essential for normal human development. Yet, in many cultures we don't touch. Unfortunately, touch, like love, can be misunderstood and make people uncomfortable. Yet it is an extremely powerful energy source that we can use to heal and energize our body and mind.

Movement

Movement

Movement during Mettâtation. Movement helps us to directly access the energy in our body so that we can replace it with positive energy. Movement is encouraged in Mettâtations. Move and do what makes your body feel good!


Meditation

Meditation

The meditation part of mettâtation practices is different. Mettâtations have a goal. Instead of trying to create space from our thoughts, we are actively creating positive thoughts and energy within our mind, body, and hearts.

Yoga

Yoga

Mettâtations fall under the larger 'Yoga' umbrella. It is a combination of the branches of Yoga into a new practice with the added advantage of integrating the latest benefits of positive psychology research. Move, Breathe, Live Well.