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In honor of Suicide Prevention Week, I wanted to offer a collection of questions, statements, and inspirational bits of wisdom gleaned from my years of practice as a holistic and spiritually oriented psychiatrist. Review this list and make a mental note of the words and phrases that resonate the most. Repeat these to yourself when you need to reorient to a place of inner equilibrium—this week and always!
If you are truly feeling suicidal, however, know that all things in this world are temporary, even your current experience. Transformation is always possible. Please reach out to a trusted friend, a family member, or a professional for support.
A Mind Mosaic Poem
I offer first a quirky little poem I wrote years ago about the importance of clearing the mind and creating a kind of “mental art” within it. That’s what happiness is all about, in my opinion. It’s a sand mandala, an internal collage, a mind mosaic.
Scatter your thoughts
Then collect the pieces.
Arrange them cleverly
Into a design that pleases.
Pause for a moment,
Remember to smile.
Things are gonna change
In just a little while.
20 Positive Perspectives
And now, my list of positive perspectives:
1. The nature of life is change. All things change—feelings, appearances, relationships, everything. An open heart and a playful-plus-curious attitude toward change clear a path toward harmony and happiness.
2. When it comes to love, the ideal question is not “Am I being loved and receiving what I want?” but “Am I actually being love and giving what I want?”
3. Be willing to grow your heart under any circumstance. Trust that this is the exact life your soul wanted (and needed) to grow into the next stage of its development.
4. Attempt to neutrally witness the experiences of life, at least some of the time. Take a step back and contemplate the possibility that all things have their own divine intelligence and timing.
5. Have compassion for erratic moods and emotions, if present, while simultaneously vowing to do the work it takes to become as healthy, grounded, and balanced as possible.
6. Ask: Am I ready for the next level of my own shining? And, have I done the work needed to get there?
7. Commit to doing the work and raising your vibration right now and always.
8. When disappointments happen, attempt to face them with grace. This will help you mature into a deeply conscious and connected human.
9. When stressed, fully commit to your own resiliency.
10. See depression as a teacher. Choose to give it love, rather than hate.
11. See the exact conditions (family, body, mind, relationships, experiences) of your life as helping to develop skills, feelings, and traits needed for your highest expression as a soul in this life.
12. Change comes more naturally from a place of acceptance rather than resistance.
13. People who challenge you may be reflecting an unhealed aspect of yourself. Try loving and forgiving that part of yourself, and watch your relationship with the other person transform.
14. Be willing to bravely face the experiences the mystery brings. Endeavor to show the core qualities of your soul in the way you rise to greet life, even in darkness.
15. When the unexpected happens, ask: How can I improve? Endeavor to always do the very best you can with what you have.
16. Choose your thoughts and words carefully. If a negative thought comes, compassionately substitute a positive one. This is called “pratipaksha bhavana” and is an ancient yogic practice. “I am depressed” becomes “I am working toward happiness in this moment.”
17. Realize that your negative qualities are often part of your positives. People’s greatest strengths are tied up in their greatest weaknesses. (I recently wrote an entire article about this.)
18. When you can show love in the face of all adversity, when you can welcome all experiences of life with grace, you have reached a state of true mastery.
19. Mantra: I am the ME I am supposed to be. Compassionately accept yourself exactly as you are (depression, so-called “flaws”, and all) while simultaneously committing to your evolution.
20. Your own love will heal the wound in yourself you are afraid to feel. This is the gold star on the list. Take the journey to your center. Endeavor to find your inner treasure and let it enrich your life forever.
12 Positive Practices
In addition to the above questions, insights, and bits of love in written form, I invite you to incorporate the following practices. They will elevate your vibration and slowly restore equilibrium if stressed, sad, anxious, or depressed. Please also refer back to my articles on anxiety and depression for further wisdom and reflection.
1. Spend time every single day in nature.
2. Commune with a higher power through prayer.
3. Perform a ceremony if you need to center yourself, release a difficult experience, mark a transition, or heal your heart. There are many wonderful ways to perform a ceremony. Here are a few suggestions:
4. Consider talk therapy.
5. Dance regularly. Play music.
6. Practice yoga daily.
7. Engage the body in exercise or sports.
8. Make art.
9. Connect with the community.
10. Treat yourself to massage/acupuncture/energy work.
11. Eat well.
12. Begin a daily meditation practice.
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