Our analysis of our mood very rarely relieves us of it.
In fact, it usually makes things worse. Dwelling on how sad or lonely or uninspired we are, allowing our crappy mood to recruit more negative emotional energy, it’s a step in the wrong direction.
What’s smarter is combining the art of benign neglect with the practice of making meaning. Here’s how it works.
We acknowledge and accept and feel our feelings. But then, instead of demonizing them and creating unnecessary psychological fuel around them, we let them go. We liberate our life energy so we can attend to what really matters, which is our individual meaning making mission.
Mine is written on piece of paper kept at my desk. It’s literally a living document that maps out a large repertoire of activities that are guaranteed to provide me with the experience of meaning. It’s my existential day planner. A micro blue print for fulfillment that inoculates me against any bad moods.
If you find yourself wasting too much of your life force monitoring how bad you’re feeling, engage in this practice. Benign neglect, making meaning.
Tons of new energy will soon be freed up for more life giving purposes.
Taoist holy scripture sums it up perfectly.
Because he does not dwell on it, nobody can ever take it away from him.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What stupid little crusade do you need to put an end to?
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