I’m sure most of us have been to a circus or fairground, and stood before the curved mirrors that distort your image. Some look quite funny and some look a little bit scary (or is that just me?!).
Our thinking when we are in a low mood can often be like these mirrors. Distorting ‘reality’ to seem much worse than it is.
In low mood thinking, a pain in our body might be something ‘serious’ rather than a passing ache….
Or our colleague at work who talks too much, is ‘unbearable’….
Or our kids hyperactive-ness is more than we can ‘handle’….
Once our mind naturally settles, and our mood rises, we can see the ‘ache’ for what it is. The colleague at work might be viewed as ‘bubbly’ or ‘friendly’ and we may come to see the joy in our child’s high level of energy.
I find it amazing to watch my own experience with this, and see that when I happen to be in a low mood (which equals lots of over-thinking) something can look quite irritating or frustrating, and as soon as my thinking quite naturally rises again, the ‘thing’ looks different, and is usually not a problem at all.
Being in a low mood can be uncomfortable for sure. Remembering that the quality of our thinking is what is causing the low mood, and not the world ‘out there’ can help us not add fuel to the fire of our low mood thinking.
The mood WILL change all by itself, as our thinking changes or focuses elsewhere.
So next time you find yourself in the ‘amusement’ arcade of your mind, in front of the curvy mirrors, do nothing….wait until your mind is out of there….until your mood has risen. And from this place, look again at ‘thing’ your mind was telling you a story about and notice if it has changed.
Lindsey Elliott is a Wellbeing & Resilience Coach, energy healer and meditation teacher working in Brighton and online. She offers one to one coaching in a life-changing paradigm of understanding about how the human experience is created. With this understanding you can move from feeling insecure, stressed, anxious or unfulfilled to happy, secure, inspired, peaceful and filled with love.
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