It is said that wisdom lies in not seeing things, but in seeing through things. -Manly P. Hall tweet
The difference between mental angst and spiritual ambivalence
During the month of January, our minds were bombarded with a negative litany of arguments between the left and right political views. In light of that, dozens of people I know decided to take a hiatus from social media, unfollow friends and hide posts so they wouldn’t expose their minds to the negativity. I even wrote about the need to let go and be the light. All this in hopes of giving their mood a lift and reduce their mental angst.
In spite of being able to reduce our mental angst by shutting off what we subject our minds to, it isn’t always effective for giving our spirits a lift.
Some changes happen deep down inside. And the truth is only we know about them. -Judy Blume tweet
In order to give our spirits a lift, we must first become aware of what brings them down. Listed below is a list of activities that burden our spirits. Personally, I’ve found that these things open my mind to as much if not more mental angst as opposing political views.
- Being disrespectful or rude
- Frantic Hurriedness
Foundational factors for giving your spirit flight
As a result of discarding the above bad habits, we can physically and mentally feel a growing lightness evolving. Interestingly, when our spirits are lighter it affects mind and body as well. Equally important as casting off the weight of them is fueling our spirits to take flight. Listed below is a list of ways of being that bring balance to our spirits and ready us to fly.
- Stillness (prayer & meditation)
Grab your journal; it’s your turn to grow
Take a few moments and reflect on the lists of spirit downers vs. lifters.
- It’s impossible to eliminate all the downers overnight (if completely…after all we are human). However, first thing in the morning make note of the level of lightness in your spirit. Perhaps even make a range from 1-5. At the end of the day grade yourself again. In viewing the list of downers vs. lifters, pin-point what effect your actions had on your lightness levels.
- In looking at your schedule for the day or week where can you be intentional with the lifter list? Do you have a meeting with a client who tries your patience? Perhaps begin now with making affirmations like “I am patient with (insert name)”. Or take 5 minutes to journal why you are grateful for that client relationships before heading into the meeting. Think of other possibilities with the lifter list.