“How would your life be different if…you stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day…you look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.” -Steve Maraboli, Life, The Truth and Being Free
A lot of days I notice my mind consumed of negative thoughts and perceptions. Usually, there isn’t necessary a valid reason as to why. Sometimes this results in me taking my anger out on someone close to me, a loved one. As much as my loved one’s try to understand, the fact remains that they, or anyone else for that matter, will ever be able to control what goes on inside my head at times.
The other day I was reading an article that mentioned the importance of enjoying the quality time you get to spend with loved one’s. This is something I’ve been struggling with, yet have failed to overcome. Perhaps focusing more on my emotions, perception and attitude towards other’s would help a great deal. Often I feel regretful and guilty after realizing how my negative energy and demeanor effect not only myself, but those around me. I do understand it gets hard for them to fully understand why I begin to suddenly switch mindsets and shift my behavior. Of course it’s not there fault they can’t fully comprehend what’s going on in my mind, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do anything to help better my interactions and relationship with them.
Example: Try putting myself in their shoes for a day. Remind myself that everyone has their own hardships and difficulties in life. We all must learn to cope in our own way, a technique that works well for us. I am beginning to find my inner peace and spiritual power. A personal mantra that inspires, comforts and enriches. Slowly your problems will take on a new perspective. A new perspective on life, the important, the good, and even the bad as well. I don’t know about you, but personally..I need a fresh insight.
Melancholia is the beginning and a part of mania . . . . The development of a mania is really a worsening of the disease (melancholia) rather than a change into another disease.
-Aretaeus of Cappadocia
What a creature of strange moods [Winston Churchill] is – always at the top of the wheel of confidence or at the bottom of an intense depression.
Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively.
My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle.
Evidence is strongly suggesting Bipolar Disorder – previously known as Manic Depression – may be dramatically increasing in modern society.
-Professor Gordon Parker
A very common symptom in maniacal conditions is erotic excitement. This varies from mere coquetry, a somewhat extended application of the command “love one another”, an undue attention to the opposite sex, and so forth, up to the extreme of salacity, when the mind is wholly occupied by the urgent sexual appetite, and all restraint is abandoned.
-Daniel Hack Tuke
Again judging from my own experience, the sexual symptoms of the manic state seem to be the most powerful and important of all . . . . The normal inhibitions disappear, and sexual activity, instead of being placed, as in our Western Christian civilization, in opposition to religion, becomes associated with it. This release of the underlying sexual tension . . . seems to me to be the primary and governing factor of all the ecstasies and many other experiences of the manic state.
Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It’s a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.
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