I published before posts on negative negativity such as this presentation. This post offers an example of negative negativity and one of its worst aspects and that is weakening the weakness. I suggest the skin metaphor to explain what I mean.
The skin of our bodies and the skin of our bodies of experiences both share major facts. They need to breathe healthily. Skin that does not breathe healthily results in so many “skin problems” such as the early formation of wrinkles and the appearance of red spots.
We need to realize that breathing deeply and exhaling thoroughly are requirements for healthy skin and not only for the respiratory system. I find this reference quite right in saying, “remember our skin needs oxygen to thrive. Exhaling incompletely means we are not fully removing the carbon dioxide waste our cells produce, which will start to diminish our health, which will in turn also diminish the health of our skin as this waste builds up”.
There is a linkage between feeling depression and stress. They lower our inhaling efficiency and increase shallow exhaling. This leads to the weakening of our bodies and later our skins.
We weaken our weakened bodies when we expose our bodies to air contaminants. We not only inhale polluted air but also expose our skins directly to such pollution. The surface area of the skin approximately 2 square meters. This makes the skin our largest organ and the first point of contact for contamination by air-borne contaminants.
The weakened skin from bad breathing is not healthy enough to work as a barrier for pollutants from the air. It weakened to face the new challenges. More health problems appear.
The Skin Metaphor
The skin metaphor helps us visualize the problems we may face if we do not keep “the skin of our experiences healthy and fresh”.
When we experience failure and succumb to it, we stop breathing well and our skin suffers.
When we do not drink water, our skin shall get dry. We contaminate this water with our negative thoughts and drink it so that our skin of experience deteriorates faster.
When we carry negative thoughts and spread them, we pollute the air of other people and their weakened skins shall not perform well as “gatekeepers”.
We lose our largest defense. We need to stop these self-reinforcing loops.
Like the human body is integrated so is the body of our experiences. We need to inhale the air devoid of contamination of negative thoughts and then expose our skins to its pollution.
We need to stop pouring weakness on weakness.