“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” Martin Luther King
Dawnies, I hope the first two weeks of the new year has been good to everyone here in the blogosphere. Due to some recent events in my own life, I am deciding to bring up the topic of shadows and how darkness tries to defeat us. Martin Luther King knew only light and good can destroy darkness and evil.
They are all around us and at times like a sicking plague leading us to the brink of decimation. What are they? Shadows. It can take many forms. Mental illness, loss, grief, betrayal, just to name a few. Though at some point we all surcome to the shadows because we are human; however, we mustn’t allow them to hook us into eternal darkness. What can we do? The answer is not so simple, but there are prescriptions we can try.
We are all familiar with therapy though I know it is not always ideal for everyone for many reasons. I am going to stick to the benefits of therapy. One benefit is that a therapist can give you problem-solving techniques. For example, CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) helps you set goals to change your behavior, track them, and measure the results. Talking therapy allows you to talk to a therapist about specific problems. He or she can then give you ways to help manage your emotions, dissect your problems, and perhaps help you find your purpose.
When is the last time you have spent some time with just you away from the hustle and bustle of life? We all need time to unwind and relax, but sometimes a bit more is needed. You may need to take a real break from life. That may mean checking into a hotel or planning to visit a friend you may not have seen in a long time. Recently, I went to a hotel for four days alone. I took off work, left the kids, my husband, and all my duties for four days. I took that time to reflect and set goals for moving forward. The only contact I had with anyone was to let them know I made it safely. That was it. It was time for ME.
Now, your holiday may not be four days away. It maybe you going to your favorite bookstore or museum. Your holiday may mean a manicure, pedicure, massage, or spa day. Whatever it means for you, take it. Some people may not understand, but your holiday may prevent your shadows from bringing you into the depths of flame. Whatever it takes to free your mind, you must do it for you.
Though I am, not all of us are religious, but spirituality is very important. For those of us who believe in God, turn to him. Pray for the things you stand in need of. Put your trust and faith in what is not seen. Go to church and try as best you can to follow after the teachings of your faith.
For those of us who believe in a higher power in any shape, form, or fashion, allow it to guide you. Meditate often. Think happy thoughts (light). Focus on seeing the good even in the time of trials. Clear negativity (that may sometimes mean negative people).
Take care Dawnies, until next time. I hope these few prescriptions can drive back some of the shadows that plague us. Self-awareness is key. Though we cannot control life and what it throws at us, we can do our best to control what we think, do, see, feel, and believe.
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