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Due to reader request, I am running this feel good issue again today to help everyone prepare for the 4th of July celebration weekend.
What if you could change your mood completely in 10 minutes or less, to a more peaceful, calm and joyful state of mind? Sometimes changing your mood is a matter of altering your thoughts and your perspective by centering yourself in the present moment.
Here are 5 really helpful activities I have found that enable me to do just this: to change from being mad, sad, hopeless, glum, nasty and full of venom to being relaxed, peaceful, joyous, hopeful and creative. From this state of mind, I find myself more present in the moment, and so much better able to connect with the world and with the creative process. I am going to share these activities with you now.
Number 1: Meditation. When I am really bummed out,and have had a terrible day full of strife, I find that meditation will change my state of mind almost within 5 minutes. My meditation consists of focusing my attention on my breathing, and on a series of three Japanese calligraphic symbols. This is a form of meditation I use in my practice as a Reiki master, but really, any form of focus on breathing, or a repeated word, symbol or image or mantra will allow you to replace your overwhelming anxiety with a specific neutral focus, thus relieving you of worry and stress. If you are interested in learning to meditate, and would like guided instruction, look around your area for classes offered in meditation.
Number 2: Take a nice hot shower, or an Epsom Salt Bath. For the bath, fill your tub with warm water, Epsom Salt and baking soda. I use Epsom Salt with lavender, which contributes to relaxation.While I am soaking and relaxing, I like to play music on my iPad which sits across the bathroom and out of reach from the tub. I have music I have chosen for relaxation, which fills the room with calming sounds. I even use Tapping, or EFT on my meridian points,stating positive affirmations as I tap.
Number 3: Sometimes as I am driving to another city to teach school in the morning, I may feel super anxious about the day and wonder how it will go. This is when it helps to pop in my CD and listen to and chant with “Miracle Mantras.” Believe it or not, the chanting makes me feel 100% better in a matter of minutes. Here are the chants I do and what they mean.
The chants are in Ancient Sanskrit and it is advised that you chant each phrase 108 times. Of course it helps to just chant along to the CD so you don’t have to do all that counting. If you don’t happen to have the CD, of course you can do a search on Utube for these two mantras.
The first chant is called the Ganesha Mantra, the Remover of Obstacles and goes like this:
OM GUM GENAPATAYEI NAMAHA (Pronounced Om Gum Guh-nuh-puh-tuh-yeh Nuh-muh huh.) This chant is OM and salutations to the remover of the obstacles to fulfillment and spiritual growth. It is believed that this chant will help remove obstructions in your life that hold you back. At the very least, if you can listen and sing along, the chant will take your focus off your worries and replace your anxiety with a peaceful feeling.
The second mantra is called the Lakshmi Mantra and is for the Goddess of Abundance. It goes: OM SHRIM MAHA LAKSHMIYEI SWAHA (Om Shreem Muh-huh Laksh-mee-yeh Swa-huh). This is Om and saluations to invoking the great feminine principle of abundance. Again, this chant will also replace anxiety with a feeling of peace.
An added note here: Many people find prayer to bring the same peace of mind as meditation and/or chanting. I personally find prayer a great path of connecting with the universe.
Number 4; There is nothing like putting on your headphones and listening to your favorite music. I find music that is constructed around the Sofleggio arrangement of notes is very helpful for soothing nerves.
What are the Solfeggio frequencies?
Solfeggio frequencies make up the ancient 6-tone scale thought to have been used in sacred music, including the beautiful and well known Gregorian Chants. The chants and their special tones were believed to give spiritual blessings when sung in harmony. Each Solfeggio tone consists of a frequency required to balance your energy and keep your body, mind and spirit in total harmony.
Where do these tones come from?
According to Professor Willi Apel, the origin of the ancient Solfeggio scale can be traced back to a Medieval hymn to John the Baptist. The hymn has this peculiarity that the first six lines of the music commenced respectively on the first six successive notes of the scale, and thus the first syllable of each line was sung to a note one degree higher that the first syllable of the line that preceded it. Because the music held mathematic resonance, the original frequencies were capable of spiritually inspiring mankind to be more “god-kind”. 1(https://attunedvibrations.com/solfeggio/)
You can find many Sofleggio based pieces of music on Utube.
Number 5: And then of course, there is always viewing visual art. So many pieces of art can bring you out of a bad mood and lift your spirits instantly. Many people claim the Impressionist paintings do this for them. Every person has their personal preference, but often times just surrounding yourself with your favorite color can really lift your mood.
I invite you to add what process you find effective for bringing you out of a poor mood into a better state of mind in the comments below. Please let me know what helps YOU!
Present in the Moment with Painting: I painted these water colors on my front screened in porch, surrounded by blooming white dogwood trees and soft, gentle breezes of emerging Spring.
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