Spin Your Story : Turning The Bad Into Good

Spin Your Story guest post by Bee Bosnak of Beeyond Yoga.

Turning The Bad Into Good

I’m sure you all have heard the question: Why do bad things happen to good people?

It seems to be the case that life doesn’t discriminate between good and bad, the faithful and the faithless, the criminals and the saints. Otherwise, why do bad things happen to good people?

Why does an entire village get wiped out in a hurricane? Why does a mother lose her son, why does a very hard working woman get fired, why do innocent people die or get injured as they collide with a drunk driver, why does a yogi fracture his toe during Padangustasana??

Why Why Why Why Why Why Why Why Why Why Why Why?

But what if we found the answer? What if someone came along and gave us a satisfying explanation? What if the mystery were finally solved? What if we asked why, and actually got an answer?

If this ultimate question were answered, then we would be able to make peace with the suffering of innocents. And that is unthinkable. Worse than innocent people suffering is others watching their suffering unmoved. And that’s exactly what would happen if we were to understand why innocents suffer whether it be physically or emotionally. We would no longer be bothered by their cry, we would no longer feel their pain, because we would understand why it is happening.

Imagine you are in a hospital and you hear a woman screaming with pain. Outside her room, her family is standing around chatting, all smiling and happy. You scream at them, “What’s wrong with you? Can’t you hear how much pain she is in?” They answer, “This is the delivery ward. She is having a baby. Of course we are happy.”

There, that’s your answer… now what?

When bad things happen sometimes we think we’re being punished in some way, or if trauma is lingering we think there’s something wrong with us, leading to greater shame and disappointment. But have you ever considered turning the bad into good? Have you ever thought about checking your pockets for fish when you fall in the mud puddle? Has it crossed your mind to turn negative energy to a new perception, a new way of thinking or a new moon?

It’s not what you do or how you act when everything is going right. It’s what you do and how you act when everything is not. That is how you can spot success. Think about it…. It’s easy to be happy and positive when everything in your life is happy and positive.

Happiness: You just bought your dream home, you earned a well deserved promotion, you were finally able to do a handstand, you just graduated university with an honours degree.. etc etc

Now the opposite:

Sadness: Your offer on your dream home got declined, you got fired, you fell on your face twice while trying arm balances, you failed your exams.. etc etc.

Think about your reaction to these very basic situations that happen daily in every single country.

So how do you turn something bad into something good?

Of course, I am no guru to answer this question. I am a forever student in life whether I’m on my mat or off. However, due to my current studies in Yoga Teacher Training, I’ve become more aware of my surroundings and of myself. It’s sort of like stepping outside of your body for a minute and scanning your soul from earth to sky, your emotions, your handling mechanism and giving yourself a good old nudge if need be.

When something bad happens, surround yourself with something good. Good people and a good environment is a great place to start. Or perhaps when you find yourself doing the “ordinary,” be determined to make it “extraordinary.”  You, your attitude and your perspective is what makes the difference. Like energy attracts like energy. Really evaluate what are you putting out and what are you getting in?

See it, seize it and just remember, whatever situation you are faced with it’s all about your attitude that is reflected by your powerful thoughts.

Bee is the founder of recently launched blog Beeyond Yoga. A stylish and joyous yogini, who brings a love of creativity to life with her practice. She discovered Yoga in ’05 after moving from her home town of London to Los Angeles and has been practicing ever since. Currently enrolled in the Hot Power Teacher Training program at CorePower Yoga, Bee intends to supplement her Styling career by becoming a yoga teacher upon graduating. She recently ditched the LA scene by taking a leap of faith and currently lives in Portland with her two fluffy cats and her ultimate inspiration, her husband. Follow her on Twitter here @beeyondyoga

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