Most of the time, we let ourselves get torn to shreds by the storm of thoughts we encounter in our mind whenever anxiety or depression hits. I decided to do a video on a first step to flying above the storm:
What’s the difference between being in a hurricane and flying above a hurricane? I mean, what happens to you in either situation?
In the first, everything about you is torn to shreds. You are taken nowhere but doom.
In the latter, you learn something new. You are in awe. You are able to see the big picture clearly, and you can live on reveling in the beauty of life until the next storm comes.
Which one do you want? When the hurricane in your mind is here, which one do you want? Awe and Inspiration to live on, or doom and discouragement?
The first step I took in order to learn how to fly above the storm and understand myself and my mind was this:
What do I mean by personifying thoughts?
Rather than drowning in the sensation/feeling of hopelessness and confusion you encounter whenever anxiety or depression attacks, thus making you feel lost in the abyss of your soul, personifying your thoughts means
looking at each thought individually in the eyes, stepping outside of your feelings, in order to deal with the issue.
Personifying your thoughts means categorizing thoughts into one of two categories:
* A thought that steers you towards a perspective of your identity that is negative. This is your enemy (hopefully).
*A thought that steers you towards a perspective of your identity that is positive. (This is your friend)
Step into the shoes of a warrior for a moment. The sign of a victorious warrior is one that does not examine his or her own feelings whenever an enemy approaches. The victorious warrior looks their enemy in the eyes and puts up their shield and weapon.
Your shield is your awareness of the thought, and your weapon is your dialogue with the thought.
In other words, begin to consciously acknoweldge what specific thoughts are running through your mind throughout the day.
Right now it may seem like there are many that come at once, but that’s not true. The mixture of emotion with a thought or two makes it seem like there are many thoughts at once. The truth is, one thought takes you to the next thought, and the next thought, and so on.
Once you begin to become aware of your thoughts, stare the negative ones in the eyes and challenge them. Speak in your mind against them. They are your enemies.
When you stand up for yourself inwardly, you will begin to stand up for yourself outwardly.
So the first step to flying above the storm:
Personify Your Thoughts. Become aware of the individual thoughts and challenge the ones that you don’t want dictating your life.