Don’t you just hate those times when you’re in a low mood and none of your usual strategies works (see my previous posts on distraction, gratitude, acts of kindness, meditation)! At times like these, I just allow myself to feel the emotions fully, knowing from experience that for me this low mood will pass tomorrow.
One thing I have found to be effective, even in the short term, is to list things that make my heart sing! This honestly does work. It changes the mind set from negativity, feeling sorry for yourself and so on, to seeing all the good in life, filling you with hope and positivity. I was feeling really low this week after my elderly dog died. She fought hard to the end (13 years and 4 months!), but couldn’t cope any longer. With that in mind, here is my list of “Things that make my heart sing” for the day after she was put to restful sleep:
- Pawprints in fresh snow 🐾
- A luminously bright moon in a clear, frosty night sky
- The sound of my husband’s car in the driveway
- Sparrows in the vegetable patch, pulling up worms
- A phone call from my best friend Jenny
- Feeling peace and joy in meditation
- Swimming in my imagination
- Waterfalls and forest trails: the scents, the sounds, the sights!
- Rain on parched ground (I can almost hear it sighing with relief)
- Puppies playing and racing around.
Have a wonderful week. Blessings and much love, Anita.🙏
Jet and Amber one Christmas Day a few years back, admiring daddy’s new cycling gloves.
This post is for Debbie Roth’s wonderful website forgivingconnects Fridays: https://forgivingconnects.com/2018/08/03/todays-forgiving-fridays-standing-in-my-inner-guidance/