The one thing I notice when I feel low, depressed, considering ending my own life (these ideations are more common than one might thing — NOT A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL, AM AN EXPERIENCER OF AFOREMENTIONED CONDITION), is that I am without creativity. There is no gray. All is black, or all is white.
It occurred to me one day, to STOP READING THE ADVICE OF OTHER PEOPLE, and infuse creativity into my present existence, whenever I began to feel low.
Could it work? I thought. Well, I replied to myself — “as I always say, the old way hasn’t been working, so what is there to lose?”
These are at least five things I came up with. Maybe I’ll write a book about this one day.
I teach kids. Kids like to be upside down. Things look weird upside down. Weird means different. This disrupts the “black and white” thinking.
- Take Part in Ecstatic Dance
Google “ecstatic dance” and you will find out what this is about if you don’t already. There’s something about dancing around people who you don’t have to talk to, and who will definitely not talk to you, that makes it really hard to dissassociate from yourself. With the music, and the lack of alcohol, you are totally present in your emotions…which, by nature, are always in motion. Once again, when connected and present to yourself in your current ever-in-flux state, you will be reminded that you aren’t just one thing. You are many. So, so, so many…
- Lie down on concrete, preferably on a busy sidewalk
I took this idea from someone, but they presented it as an ego-eliminator. Here, I present it to you as yet another grounding technique. Concrete = ground. Sitting, or even standing, is not comparable to the effect of having your entire body flush with earth. And guess what happens when you open your eyes — you see the sky. See how expansive that shit is? That is your soul, your being, your life, the potential and possibility of everything and everyone. This too shall pass…
If I have to explain how this is helpful, um….
- Abandon all digital devices
Once upon a time I went to Camp Grounded, a summer camp for adults where you turn in your cell phones / laptops / palm pilots (??) / watches and you’re away in some pretty looking places with a nickname and other humans who go by names that aren’t their real names and it’s really … exhaling. Yes, I’m using that as an adjective now. This is an experience that can be implemented at home — ditch the devices for a day. If a day is too much, how about no devices until noon? There have been many studies that have shown the ill effects of being so CONNECTED to the world wide web, or others in whatever capacity, making it hard for us to connect to ourselves. So when we experience deep emotions, is it so surprising that we are unable to handle it?
Leave your iPhone at home and go hug a tree. Or a stranger. Or an alpaca.
Sometimes, we don’t have to dwell and ruminate on the thoughts that are bringing us down, we can explore other foreign techniques and add to them to our experience in an effort to shift our perspective and widen the scape of our focus.
Everything the light touches is ours…