Positive psychology is a reaction to traditional psychology, which had followed the medical model of pathology, with a focus on fixing what is wrong. It reminds us to see the positives and dial down our tendency to complain and see the negatives and problems.
But there is a dark side to positive psychology.
The word ‘Buddha’ means ‘awake’. Awake is when we realise that our thoughts and feelings are disguising reality. They are blocking the experience of awe, of oneness, of wisdom. Waking up is being shaken out of preoccupation with that which is ultimately hollow, empty and insubstantial. In waking up, the body and the mind fall away and we are left with nothing and everything – the only consistent reality.