So, how do we address this quite understandable “negative” brain bias?
Well, religions, the world over, seem to intuitively understand the importance and salutary effect of pausing, 2, 3, or 5 times a day, to remember one’s relationship with the Source of life. Prayer, a kind of mindfulness, helps to disrupt habitual, often immature-ego-driven, habits of the mind, and let the mind relax into a more ego-soft and translucent way of being. Through mindful recitation of various blessings, we are called to awaken in gratitude to our blessings, to remember and reconnect with the Source of all blessings. In Buddhism, mehta or maitri practices train and bathe the brain-mind in practices that evoke the juices of loving-kindness.
Based upon modern brain studies and psychological research, and drawing upon traditional mindfulness practices, “positive psychology” has developed tools that direct us to train our brain-mind to pause, digest and metabolize, beauty, experiences of delight, joy, and gratitude. We are enjoined to help our brain become a more sunny place. These practices bring sunshine to the overall atmosphere of our brain-mind. This has all kinds of salutary effects upon our immune system, our overall physical health, certainly our psychological health, and even on the people around us.