Our emotions always have something to tell us. Their message may be obscure or might be right there on the surface, but we need to keep in mind that emotions are like breezes. They arise, they build up into mighty winds, and then drop away. Moods are different in that they have some staying power.
That can be great, or not so wonderful. When our moods are good, then we love the world and perceive it loving us back.
When our mood isn’t quite so good, we again paint the world in shades that match our mood. Remember however, you own your mind. You are not however your mind.
Your mind is not the entirety of the entire complex creation that composes you. Exercises in meditation and mindful awareness demonstrate to us all that we can detach ourselves quite pleasantly from the incessant yammer of mental energy we wrongly identify as ourselves.
Moods are powerful fields of energy we project. If we feel furious, everything that impinges on our senses will seem as if it’s directed to annoy us further. If we’re sad, every piece of incoming information will serve to make us feel worse. Experiencing a mood is one thing.
Becoming a mood is quite another, but it’s something we all do from time to time. We must be aware that while we may not be able to change a mood rapidly, we can learn to re-interpret and reframe the events that happen while we’re “in a mood,” so that they don’t aggravate a less than cheery mood to any greater degree.
When in a bad mood, consider:
• Reading a book
• Taking a walk
• Sitting and observing nature
• Practicing your mindfulness
As teenagers say today, it’s sometimes necessary for us to slow our roll; that is, slow down our mood and perform a check of our systems. We have to stop asking the “why” of our moods—as in, “why do I feel this way,” and concentrate on “how,” as in “how can I feel better? What one positive thing could I do right now to make myself feel differently?”
Moods are tempestuous, but they do change. Sometimes nothing more complex than a good night’s sleep will be all the reset we need.