I find relief to be a fascinating thing. One minute you’re all bound up, and the next, you feel lighter.
After a period of feeling “off” or depressed, what is it that makes things better?
Is it all the little things that you do to improve your mood? Is it hormones? Chemicals in your brain? An energy shift? Or just the natural ebb and flow of life?
I do know that if I do nothing, it seems to last forever. But sometimes I’ll do everything, and I can’t quite shake it.
The other day I woke up and I could feel a lightness coming back to me. I could breathe easier, I felt more like myself.
Over the next couple of days, it got better and better. I was energetic, happier, more creative.
I sat with myself and thought, how did this happen? What’s changed?
I’d been doing the energy work, lowering my stress at work, I started eating more vegetables and exercising more. I spent more time in nature.
Maybe it was all of those things combined…but inexplicably I felt relief.
In this new state of relief, I listened to my thoughts. They were different than before. Here are some notable characteristics of these thoughts:
No comparing – I wasn’t comparing where I was to anywhere I’d been before or anywhere that I “could” be. I was just HERE.
Letting go – I wasn’t thinking about where I thought I would be, based on my life the months prior. I let go of the old vision of where I thought I’d “end up”.
Taking it easy – I was taking life ‘one bite at a time’. I realized I was pushing so hard to feel AMAZING and pushing myself to hit the ground running. But in reality, I was processing things as fast as I could. I couldn’t go faster. I couldn’t be HAPPIER. And when I tried, it felt like I would get an energetic knockdown.
So these things aren’t the way that I felt better, but the result of an improvement. I held on to them and amplified them. I stopped thinking into those really tangled/hot button issues I was dwelling on before.
I know that the thought streams I was partaking in before were keeping me a bit frozen in an unhappy place. I could see the beauty around me, but I wasn’t letting it in.
I breathed. I let go. I remembered that I can’t see the big picture, but I can KNOW that where I am is BEST. On the way to more Best.
I’ll say one thing about the Way to feeling better…because it’s always relevant and always helps…
Sometimes in the scuffle of life, we forget that the life force that runs through us is ON OUR SIDE. It wants our best health, our success, our happiness.
It’s so important to sit with yourself sometimes and feel your breath, feel your aliveness and smile.
Saying things like, “Thank you. I know you’re here for me. I know source energy loves me. The energy that flows through me and my physical body have an optimal relationship. They know each other. They communicate so well. All for my highest. And so it is. Obviously so.”
And it’s important to say these things out loud because we forget and need to proclaim our remembering. To remember that life is on our side. Our body is on our side.
I’ve found these to be the most powerful statements. My life is on my side. My body is on my side. We share the exact same goals of well-being. And so it is. Because that’s how it is.
And when you proclaim it, you alleviate any discomfort from subconsciously denying those truths.
I write these things because we’re always in the ocean of life. Sometimes riding a wave and sometimes caught in an undercurrent.
And remembering is most important. Remembering how to swim back up to the surface, when to surrender, and when to get yourself together and ride that wave.