The “dis-eases” that I see the most often in my practice are by far: moodiness, anxiety and depression. Surely, we have all had instances where we have experienced some variation of the three. To an extent, it’s normal to experience a wide range of human emotions – both positive and negative. It only becomes problematic when the extreme emotion does not pass within a “reasonable” amount of time.
1. WHY do so many people suffer from mood problems?
Over-scheduling: Our society does not value down-time, and the down-time we have is often sitting mindlessly in front of the TV or computer.
Nutrition deficiency: Most of the SAD (standard American diet) is high in calories but low in nutrition. A few of the worst offenders: sodas and other sugary drinks; pastries and other white flour products; alcohol and drugs (recreational and prescription).
Boredom: We praise our technology (and it is a wonderful thing!) but to the extent that it has separated us from real interaction with other people has left us with a void that needs to be filled.
Repression of emotions: Think of when a child cries. Most people say something like, “Stop crying, now; be quiet, please.” What’s wrong with crying?…or expressing anger on occasion?… I think encouraging a child to NOT express his emotions is setting him up for a lifetime of suppression.
Feeling stuck: Life is too short to work in a job you hate! Find another job.
Obvious stressors such as moving, divorce, dealing with the death of a loved one, and abuse…
- Better diet!
- Get negative people out of your life….and more contact with people who uplift you!
- There is a molecular theory of vibration. Here, let me give you an example of how much of a science nerd I really am: (from Wikipedia) “A molecular vibration is excited when the molecule absorbs a quantum of energy, E, corresponding to the vibration’s frequency, ν, according to the relation E = hν (where h is Planck’s constant). A fundamental vibration is excited when one such quantum of energy is absorbed by the molecule in its ground state. When two quanta are absorbed the first overtone is excited, and so on to higher overtones. To a first approximation, the motion in a normal vibration can be described as a kind of simple harmonic motion.”
In short, the “energy” is the emotion. Sadness, boredom, shyness, irritation, etc. all have their own energy or vibration. When YOU experience, or “absorb,” that emotion your body will actually vibrate in harmony with that emotion’s vibration.
Rather than mentally struggling to overcome the vibration, I suggest you “go with” the vibration. Really FEEL it. Instead of saying to yourself, “I am so pissed off. I really need to cool my head and relax…but I can’t let it go…” Try, “I am vibrating with anger now.” You can even give it a little nick-name and call it “sparky” or “twisty” or whatever. (Ramsey my 4-year-old likes to say “I feel my ‘blue heart'” when he is sad and ‘red heart’ when he is angry. there is also a pink heart and a yellow heart but I couldn’t tell you what those are.)
Go ahead; try it now, or at least some time today. Let me know how it goes.
I am willing to bet that the “negative” emotion clears in less than a minute if you fully allow your body to feel that vibration rather than trying to fight against it. I know it does with me.