We are often encouraged to remember our "happy place" when we feel down. You might have been taught to replace a negative thought/belief with a more positive spoken, written or visualized word/phrase/thought. Perhaps you came across teachings suggesting you to challenge problem thoughts with questioning "is this real, is it true". These suggestions can assist and support you in redirecting thoughts gone haywire contributing to feeling down.
I'd like to offer guidance that when feeling down, you recall a memory that involves one or more of your senses: sight, touch, smell, hear or taste. Positive sensory memories can soothe the body's agitation and physical discomfort that often show up when our thoughts get the best of us. Rather than trying to think your way out of a mood, how about trying to "feel" your way out. The mind can often problem solve and create best when our body is relaxed and less tense, less stirred up.
For me, when I recall how I feel seeing my animals at rest, hearing their breathing, smelling their environments (yes hay and animal beds can smell good!) feeling their fur/coats, and recalling how my coffee tastes as I often am watching them when I have a cup of coffee in hand, helps me to pause, collect myself, shift directions in my thinking, and feel the warmth of tension releasing move through my body.
The result for me, recalling a comforting sensory memory when feeling down, is a full body softening, of resting with the memory, smiling at the tenderness, wondering at the beauty of it all and holding myself accountable for someone/something bigger than me (animal welfare in this case)...helps me remember that I am not alone with my thoughts, gets me out of my head and into the memory moment. May I Soothe....As I Rest.... May You Soothe...As You Rest May Our Families Soothe....As They Rest
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