A poster on one of the Facebook pages I frequent had a comment/some questions around how one moves past feeling depressed, hopeless, and loaded with “Thoughts of eradication, annihilation, shame, guilt, fear, despair and the good old sadness”. Since many people seem to go through this periodically, and especially after holidays, I thought it might be helpful for people to see my response to that poster. The main idea that I considered was how we think, and how that effects our moods, our bodies, and ultimately our health. This is what I said:
“Try this exercise. When you are feeling like crap, sit down comfortably in front of a mirror at least large enough to encompass the upper part of your body from top of arms upwards. Look at yourself. Can you see anywhere on you that these things are attached to you?
“Next, just to make sure they are not attached, gently pinch and pull up just above your head and body, and feel yourself flinging anything that shouldn’t be near you, away from your body far off into the Universe, with no return ticket.
“Next, force yourself to smile – the biggest, silliest grin you can muster. Put your finger-tips to your lips and blow warm kisses onto them, and transfer those warm kisses to wherever on your body you have previously sensed uncomfortable energy. Keep smiling and doing this for about 5 to 10 minutes.
“Finally, wrap your arms around yourself as widely and snuggly as you can, while saying “I love and accept myself just as I am, and I allow an in-filling of joy, peace, love, good health, prosperity, and an abundance of all good things to flow into my life now. Sit with that for another 5 to 10 minutes. Done properly, and with sincerity, you will certainly feel better. Done regularly (daily at least for a while), you will soon be finding that your life will change so much for the better, you will hardly remember the broken-down defeated person you THINK of yourself as being presently.”
If you find that you are running on empty after the holidays, try this exercise for yourself. It contains some very helpful hypnotic and NLP techniques that you can safely use for yourself.
Wishing everyone who reads this a wonderfully blessed and prosperous 2011!