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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Enthusiasm and Depression Can't Live in the Same Place

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Logical, right?

You really didn’t need me to tell you that, right? You already knew that, right?

OK, so then put your knowledge into action. In other words, recognize the importance of your inner vibration or frequency, and recognize that it determines whether blackness, negativity, low moods, and depression enter your space.

What is your vibration or frequency? Isn’t it the energy you have inside of you? Not the energy you need to run a marathon or chop wood, but the energy that determines how good you are feeling. The better you are feeling, the less of a chance there is that you will go down the scale into a grey mood.

Yes, you say, I know that. What I don’t know is how to keep the energy high. (See also an earlier post Keep Energy High! Watch How You Feed Your Brain, Heart, and Spirit.) You keep your energy high, by being vigilant. You know that when you feel you are getting a temperature, you check with a thermometer, and then, if you measure over the norm, you take aspirin, or go to bed, or do something in an attempt to regulate the temperature of your body.

This is exactly the same! You observe yourself at all times, from the point of view of how you are feeling. As soon as you notice you are drifting downwards energetically (your temperature is changing), you make changes in order to keep your energy as high as possible. See also my October 2006 Newsletter: Happiness: Has it Become a Science or is it a Question of Luck?

The changes that you make, will depend on different factors, such as how much experience you have in doing this, where you actually are (physically) when you recognize that you need to regulate your energy (i.e., if you are at work, you probably can’t go out for a run), and what you have at hand.

Here are three small, but very effective methods you can use, think of them as baby steps in your learning process to keep your energy on healthy, high levels:
  • Realize that right here, where you are right now, recognizing that you are on the way down, energetically speaking, and thinking about what is written here, you have a choice. You can choose to continue to go down into what Eckhart Tolle calls the pain body, or you can do something to change that downward spiral.

  • Do some aerobic activity that will raise your endorphins (even 15-20 minutes can work wonders)

  • Make a Happy CD of music containing only songs that fill you with joy (no nostalgia, please)

  • Make a new list of five things (or conditions) you are grateful for in your life.

There is much, much more to be said about this subject. But this is a start.

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