Friday, October 17, 2008

Uplifting Ways

When we feel uplifted, we have a larger panorama, a longer range view, and more opportunities to make our choices based on love rather than fear.

Sometimes we need to step up to that higher ground in order to see our choices more clearly, and often, stepping up to that higher ground is a simple as taking a step. Literally, putting one foot in front of the other and taking a step.

If we are feeling depressed or that we have had a bad break in business, or that a relationship either with our lover or a family member has not gone well, maybe something as simple as going for a walk can change our perspective. Maybe something as simple as tai chi, birdwatching, dancing or singing can stimulate the flow of endorphins, our natural pain killers, boost our immune system, and circulate oxygen through the blood and into the brain.

Sometimes we need to hear a person encourage us and tell us that we can do it. Hearing that can cause us to look around instead of down.

Humor is another way of lifting up. Notice how much lighter you feel after watching a funny movie, going to a comedy club, or just spending an evening having dinner and drinks and telling stories with friends and relatives.

A different perspective is just a step away.

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