Keeping A Strong State Of Mental Health During This Challenging Time.
If optimism was rated on a scale of 1–10, I’d easily be at 100. Needless to say, that doesn’t mean that I don’t feel the fleeting emotions of anxiety, doubt and uncertainty.
You see, I have an enormous amount of faith in the Divine’s ability to work things out in the very best way possible…But, I much like the rest of the world, I am challenged on occasion to rise above the very things that can sink us like a boat with a gaping hole at the bottom.
That boat represents our mental health, the potential hole is the constant stream of projected, fear based thoughts, feelings and emotions that are fired at us from up close, as well as afar. It’s often only a matter of time before we began to feel the effects of this “verbal streaming” sort of speak.
And when it comes, it shows up like a flame searching for the gasoline that is our emotions. That’s all it takes is a trigger. A flame to the gas that creates a blaze of powerful feelings that threatens to keep us in a pit of mental despair.
Yet, within us, we have the power to rise above it all…
Growing up I suffered, painstakingly, with anxiety, worry and stress. It became so bad at one point that I just couldn’t enjoy my life whatsoever. My biggest problem was, anything that showed up that looked like the aforementioned three, I did one of two things:
1. I suppressed it with so much force, that it would be locked away. (Or so I thought.)
2. I ran from it. (Somehow or another thinking that it wouldn’t catch up tome.)
I’m sure you can imagine what my life looked like with that recipe of approaching things I needed to deal with emotionally. It wasn’t until my mental health began to diminish that I finally woke up to the truth of what was going on.
More importantly, I realized what needed to stop. I needed to stop running and I needed to stop suppressing.
I decided something about 14 years ago that would transform my life forever. I was just going to face the truth of what is and allow it to do whatever it showed up to do.
Because my mental health was so diminished, at first it seemed like I would have a nervous breakdown in the event I found the courage to face what was unfolding. But something interesting happened.
I truly felt what came up. It created a wave of energy, and then it was released. It was just that simple. Now in all truth and honesty, a lot of thoughts and emotions continued to show up, but I never wavered on facing them for what they were:
Only One Interpretation of The Truth
At that time, I could only think of the worst case scenario in everything. I’m talking some really outlandish, Hollywood movie type occurrences. To give you an example. I can remember working a job I really liked when one of the managers quit and left me to run the store with another inexperienced assistant manager. Right when they quit, here is where my mind went:
Customers will stop buying, I’ll stop getting paid, I’ll get fired, get thrown out of my apartment, get my car repossessed, be homeless on the street, eating out of the trash and eventually dying from malnutrition. I know, some would say I was certified insane.
It’s funny to look back on it now, but it was serious and nothing to be taken lightly because this was how my mind was set up to operate. And let’s just say it does not disappoint. But, we have the power to turn it all around.
Everyday, social media and news outlets, for the most part, offer up tons of juicy fear based stories. This is done because they understand that once the mind has an idea, it’s going to run with it like the Flash.
The media is always battling for control of your mental health. If they can get that, they’ve got you. Let’s not give them that option.
Think of your greatest fear that is potentially making you mentally stressed out or weak and face it! Allow the whole thing to play out in your mind. Go through the absolute worst case scenario and then confront what is usually the biggest fear for most, death.
But death is nothing to be feared, because in death, problems do not exist anymore. So, agree or disagree, death would be a huge win. But, you’re not on this Earth to wither and die in stress, you are here to thrive and live happily.
I often visualize my own funeral when I meditate or sleep and it always does one important thing: I have to fulfill a great purpose before that can happen. There’s no way I’m leaving without doing that.
So, under those circumstances I have to face the music. You know the absolute worst most terrible things can and likely have happened to all of us, but if you’re reading this as I’m writing it, you’ve made it through because you’ve decided to face, feel and now most important let it go.
About 5 years ago, I went on a rampage of facing, feeling and releasing. It got so intense that I cried for four days straight. I felt like I lost about 20 pounds that month. But the only thing that changed was my state of mental health. Because here’s the truth of it all.
When you honor your emotions by feeling, embracing, accepting and then letting them go, your thoughts have to act accordingly.
When those magnetically, powerfully charged emotions are released lovingly, the thoughts of that nature will be released as well.
So with everything going on right now, face it. Don’t be afraid to create the worst possible experience in your mind, and then let it go. Even go as far as death being the outcome. We’ve been through enough as a global community and it’s time that we expunge the pain that we’ve carried for so long.
My dears, there is truly nothing to fear because you have all the power to rise above any pain, struggle or hardship. That power is love. Love that is ever-present and always offering you the choice to make that carries the greatest amount of peace and joy.
Choose wisely, choose lovingly.
Rev. Shaun Grant
“Let Kindness Lead The Way.”