September 10, 2017

6 Methods to Chase Away Negativity

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things…And the God of peace will be with you.”—Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)

Emotions are real. They are powerful. Whether they’re positive or negative, they can often overwhelm us. I’m sure these scenarios are familiar to most of us:
  • Positive energy--You feel a literal peace and warmth spread throughout your body as you engage in a spiritual activity.
  • Negative energy--You walk into a room, and you feel like you can cut the tension with a knife. The occupants of the room look angry, and they refuse to meet your eye. It’s no surprise to learn they’d been arguing.

Emotions are Alive

Many people believe that emotions are actual vibrations/energy. In fact, quantum physics states that everything is made up of matter as well as energy, down to the atomic level. The universe is made up of vibrating strings. Even people are made up of electronic vibrations.

Undesirable emotions truly operate at a lower level. They tear us down rather than build us up. That’s why we need to connect to higher, more positive, emotions.

Easier said than done.  If you’re like me, you need all the help you can get. I seem to be attracted to pessimism as firmly as moths are drawn to light. I battle depression constantly.

We should free ourselves from the damaging thoughts that are fighting for control of our minds. Individuals need a fresh perspective and distraction. Here are six proven methods to break the handcuffs of hopelessness:

1   1. Uplifting Music and other entertainment

Music connects immediately to emotions, not to the intellect. It can immediately chase out the darkness—or add to it. Just ask any musician.

2. Inspiring speeches/talks/sermons

They can also build us up and help us to feel peace.

3. Change of Scenery

The wisest people leave a scene before a situation escalates.  It’s important to get away from the negative person/situation, if possible.

4. Prayer

It’s a way to communicate with Heaven. What more needs to be said?

5. Silence

Refuse to argue about a situation, or allow it to upset you. Let it go. The negative emotions will eventually fade. It’s helpful to remind ourselves that “This too shall pass.”

6. Service

We can literally forget about our own problems when we help others. Charity is very distracting, which is how it often benefits the giver more than the receiver. It’s mentally healthy to get jolted out of our own concerns

One cannot be depressed if he’s focused outside of himself. Depression is completely directed inwards. Therefore, unhappy people need to be redirected.

A great example of refocusing our attention is the relief effort for Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.  Many people are helping the victims. Some of the generous volunteers and donors are victims themselves, but they are helping those less fortunate. 

My Conclusion

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”—Helen Keller

None of us are perfect. There’s dark and light in everyone.  What eventually comes through depends on which side we nurture.

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