Some days it seems that being in a slump doesn’t make sense but it happens anyways. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, flowers starting to show off their blossoms and trees are budding. Basically life is good. So why the slump?
Finding a reason for feeling low is often not the best approach. It may only lead to rehashing conversations or situations which only tend to ice the slope rather than give you some grip to hang on to. This morning was one of those days. The slump didn’t feel good. But that didn’t help me squelch the negative mind chatter. So what did help?
I spent time outside. It was a beautiful day. I worked in the garden uncovering the plants that were protected by leaves.
In my head I shouted STOP to the non-constructive chatter that kept returning even though it was neither helpful nor pleasant.
To replace the unwanted chatter, I identified those things for which I was truly grateful. I love that I was able to go for lunch with my 92 year old mother who was able to walk, to talk intelligently and coherently, and who had interesting things to tell me. I love that we live in such a beautiful part of the province. The Niagara Escarpment is in our back yard and our pond is hatching life minute by minute. I love that I have a healthy body and have been able to stay quite mobile, enjoying hiking and other outdoor activities. I love that we are fortunate enough to have good food and water, that neither are scarce here and that we can afford to be nourished well. I love that we live in a peaceful place with little violence and lots of friendly people.
The more I focused on these wonderful things, the more I began to shed the slump, to enjoy nature outside and to feel more comfortable with who I am and what I believe to be true at the moment. The process was slow, but it helped.
I wish you many blessings and may you find this helpful when you feel you are in a slump.
Till next time,