Do you ever get down-in-the-dumps? If so, you’re not alone. It isn’t uncommon for generally happy people to become heavy-hearted at times. However when this occurs, it’s possible to fire-up your “thought-burners” and mentally soar above sadness or disappointment.
No one wants to be dejected. It’s downright unpleasant, to say the least. It’s much better to enjoy that happy vibe which comes naturally to most of us. So how do you mentally rise out of gloom when your spirits plummet? Here’s a clue.
Leave the ground. Let your thoughts rise.
I once watched four colorful hot air balloons hover silently, majestically, in the early morning sky over the Melbourne Cricket Ground from my hotel room on the twentieth floor. As I stood captivated by their close proximity, they suddenly rose upwards and glided away with effortless ease. A boost of the hot air that filled them, allowed them to soar high above the ground – seemingly free of earthbound restrictions.
This hints at what can be done when one gets dragged down by joyless activities, family problems, unhappy relationships, or unfulfilling employment. On such occasions, it’s possible to fuel one’s thinking with the uplifting thought-quality of hope, and experience that mental lift-off which allows one’s spirits to rise.
In his book “The Anatomy of Hope,” Harvard Medical School professor Jerome Groopman says, hopeful thinking is well documented as having positive mental and physiological effects. That’s because hope is an emotion-raising attitude that includes the mental qualities of confidence, optimism, expectation of good, and even empowering faith. With the fuel of hopefulness on board, thinking can soar effortlessly upwards.
● Get ready for a mental lift-off. Let the spark of hope that resides permanently within your thinking, ignite your mental flight-burners so your emotions can soar over negative feelings.
● Allow the warm-air of gratitude to heat-up your heart and mind. Gratitude is another fuel for soaring. Be grateful for the good times you’ve already experienced, and for the glad times that have yet to come. Such gratitude prepares you to be the receiver of further good in your life.
Believe you can fly.
It’s possible to let your spirits soar with the mental energy of firm belief. It’s not hard to do. Some people believe they can achieve the happiness they desire. Others believe they can’t.
For the positive believer, there’s a confidence that all things are possible to the person that believes. This is not pie-in-the-sky thinking. Many people have gained happiness and contentment because they believed they could do so.
This message is reinforced by American singer-song writer R. Kelly in his Grammy-award winning song “I believe I can fly”. He believes that everyone “can fly”, “touch the sky”, spread their “wings”, “soar”, and “run through an open door” – in other words, achieve their goal.
● Believe that contentment and joy can be achieved. If others can be contented and joyous, then so can you.
● Be confident that your thinking can soar mentally upwards. It’s possible for you to experience exhilaration and freedom from despondency.
Stand tall. Elevate your thinking.
There are times when it seems easier to stay discouraged than make the effort to rise above fear and hopelessness. However, such mental resignation doesn’t bring freedom. In this situation, the answer can be to mentally “stand tall” – to stand up to negative feelings and elevate thinking. Here’s an example.
Two men went fishing one morning in a small rowboat. Later that day, before they knew it, they were enveloped in thick fog and unable to see land. As they drifted dangerously out to sea, fear set in. Then one man had an idea – gain elevation. Obeying the thought, he carefully stood up in the boat. As he did so, his head rose above the low-level fog. From his elevated position he could see the shoreline. They were able to row safely towards the land.
● Stand tall mentally. Let your thought lift effortlessly above the fog of discouragement and downheartedness.
● Expect to “Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good.” – to triumph over being discouraged or downhearted. (Science and Health p. 393:12, Mary Baker Eddy)
● Have the kind of self-assurance that is underpinned by an intuitive sense that there is an accessible source of mental power outside of, and not dependent on, any human condition. This can raise your spirits, enable you to soar mentally and find peace and happiness.