Ever wake up in the morning feeling blah? Ever wake up wanting to pull the covers back up and stay there until tomorrow? Even when you have spent the major portion of your life living in what many would consider one tropical paradise after another, as I have, there are still mornings a person can wake up and ask: "Is this all there is?" Or: "How can I face this day ahead of me?" Or: "What? Another shabby day in Paradise?"
Right. Been there. Done that. We all know the feeling. So what's the point?
It's in Your Hands
The point is that the capacity to change this feeling on a day-by-day basis is literally in your hands, and what's more, once you start, and once you see what a difference you can make to how you feel during the rest of the day, you begin to realize the immense power inside of you to determine the state of your being.
Although this article is not about energy psychology in the strictest sense of the word, I will be using a concept borrowed from it. SUD's or Subjective Units of Distress is a term coined to describe the subjective assessment of an individual's current state of being. So when you first wake up and feel blah, ask yourself, on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the lowest, or worst, and 10 the best, or highest, where your state of being lies. In other words, what is the reading on your energy barometer? How do you know? Simply answer with the number that immediately comes up. In other words, let your subconscious answer, rather than your conscious mind, and that means allowing the number that you immediately think of to be the answer. So let's assume that number is four. Just keep that on the back burner for a moment.
Taking Stock of Your Body
So the first thing you can do, after you have taken the subjective assessment, is to take stock of your body. Ask yourself where in your body you feel anything that may be causing distress or disharmony. I am not referring to physical pain, but to those things that are the body's language to let us know that something is not in perfect running order in our world. For example, do you have butterflies in your stomach (solar plexus, adrenal glands, third chakra)? Or is your solar plexus tight and hard with tension? Are you slightly nauseous? Perhaps you have a lump in your throat (thyroid gland, fifth chakra), have a sore throat, are suffering from chronic laryngitis, or must clear your throat frequently before you speak. Perhaps your heart (thymus gland, fourth chakra) hurts, or feels constricted and tight...I mean a real, physically felt pain or constriction, which happens to some people when their feelings have been harshly trampled on. Or perhaps your breathing (lungs, fourth chakra) is shallow, or fast, or restricted because of some felt nervousness, tension, or fear. All of this should only take a few seconds.
Take Stock of Your Emotional State
Next, take stock of your feelings. Has something been making you feel sad, worried, angry, jealous, heart-broken, frustrated, or anything else that you might classify negatively? Again, this should only take a few seconds.
Take Stock of Your Negative Self-Talk
Next, quickly scan your mind for negative self-talk that has been going on lately. What are you telling yourself that might somehow be influencing the body and emotional conditions you have just looked at? Note that I am not asking you to do anything about any of these states, I merely ask that you take note. And once again, this should only take a few seconds.
Okay, so now you know that on a scale of 1-10 you feel you are at 4, and you know where your body, your emotions, and your mind are at, at least right now, on this particular morning, another shabby day, as we said earlier, in paradise.
So what do you do to quickly raise that number in order to feel better? I don't mean raise it to a whopping 10 right here and now, but to raise it enough for you to feel the difference, so that in future you will feel powerful rather than impotent when it comes to how you feel when you first wake up.
Next, I would ask that you run that scan over yourself again - your body, your emotions, your mind. What has changed? Perhaps the tight knot in your solar plexus has eased, perhaps the messages you send yourself now contain more positive than self-sabotaging thoughts, or perhaps you are breathing with greater freedom. Again. YOU DID IT.
So if you have been able to increase your feeling of well-being from 4 to 5.5 or 6 on a scale of 1-10, does that not imply you can do it on a greater scale if you try? Does it not imply that it is up to you whether or not you are going to have a good day? Does it not imply that when you wake up feeling blah, it is in your hands to do something about it? Does it not imply that you are not impotent in the face of however it is you feel? And therefore, does it not imply that the power is in your own hands, and not out there somewhere? So what are you waiting for? Go and grab some of that power for yourself from inside of you, and make a difference in your life, and by the ripple effect, in the lives of others.