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Not using the wiktionary (Wikipedia dictionary)here this time: though I shall still be doing a Me :D - opening with definitions. ‘Being in a mood’ can be described as, being easily upset or irritable being depressed or in low spirits. Perception is the ability to become aware of, comprehend, or interpret something in the environment. One requires senses to perceive. Perception is the ignition to the fire of action, thoughts and feelings are the fuel. Feelings can fall and sweep in swift as autumn wind, they can simmer gentle like summer breeze, though some days they are tornadoes- like torrents on the sea. Emotions, feelings, and the thought cycles which govern them can be short or long term. Ever heard that positivity attracts positivity? — a little bird once told me so . Truthfully it does!! Thus in the same breath; negativity attracts negativity.
Moods can be short or long term, certainly they effect how one reacts to their perceiving of the surrounding environment. My friend said to me ‘’Having suffered myself from long term depression and anxiety it's not something you always notice you are doing, making poor decisions can sometimes feel like the best thing to do in a what feels like a lost situation.‘’ Having discovered myself this past few years, I realised I too most likely suffered depression most of my life (except from this last two years). Most people that see me often tell me they always thought I was always positive. I am positive because I always try very hard think positively, to dream, to paint life through rose tints. Though this is one of the many ways in which mood alters perception. There is no a problem with looking at the bright side, or with having hope, that is if one feels positive. But what if they do not? Likely perception becomes what is termed delusional, or dissociative. The positive affirmations which one tells themselves fail to manifest into reality. Whilst it is vital to keep thoughts positive, even when feelings are not, it is unhealthy to distort reality. Feelings are so important. They are what our insides tell us. They are our intuition. One should never ignore their intuition, it is there to guide us towards knowing what we can do to improve our life. Knowledge is empowerment. And empowerment is part of enlightenment. Intuition is an area where perception can become confusing. A low mood can have a negative impact on intuition. How can a person know if they are doing what is right if the state of mood is low? In order to perceive a situation in a healthy manner one must remain grounded. One must remain conscious. Alert.
Again I revisit philosophy- The law of attraction ‘like attracts like’. Not a bird, a wise owl — told me: feelings are more powerful than thoughts. If one feels negative they will still attract more negativity, even if they are thinking positive. Nobody wants to feel low, still if you live in England you have a 1 in 4 (25%) chance of becoming mentally ill in any one year. 3 in any 100 people will suffer from a long term mental illness, though they are only those diagnosed. Substance abuse, alcoholism, sexual, obsessive, compulsive, impulsive, manic, and suicidal behaviours are some of the many perceived routes of mental escapism chosen by individuals whom suffer from low mood. A friend said to me ‘’when depressed you can’t help being stuck in a negative state of mind, no matter how hard you try’’. I once related to this completely, therefore I fully understand what she is saying. Negativity attracts negativity. If a person sits and thinks about upsetting or traumatic thoughts, when the mind is free from work those thoughts will return. The more they do, the more they will manifest as the feelings associated with those thoughts. If feelings come before the thoughts, the mind begins to wonder. Why do I feel like this, what is wrong? And negativity thoughts will thus again cycle. Getting out of depression can be almost like a switch, but it is not an easy button to press. She was right, when there is low mood, there is little motivation to persevere. If one continually feels low, this takes a toll on the mind, and the mind take toll on perception, which take toll on actions- thus the cycles repeat. A sense of doubt and low self results from low mood, which leads to anxiety. One might then question every choice they make, or question if they are crazy. I have seen through my lifetime observations, that being in low mood leads in the long term towards paranoia. As does being around people who are in a low mood or paranoid. If a person subconsciously chooses to spend most time with individuals whom are feeling low, before they are fully ready to deal with their own self, then such negativity is also likely to ‘rub off’ on them.
What about short term moods. Short term moods lead to long term moods!!!...
When one upset, they can be sad which makes them feel low. Alternitivley, and most often, the ego causes sadness to manifest into irritablity, or anger. Anger is a defence mechanism which the brain of a previously hurt person puts in place to protect the heart. Negative thought cycles and patterns are difficult to break because one must know one’s self, and vitally learn to feel love for ones self. If you can learn to know and love yourself, you can spread the love, positivity will grow.