One day in my class as a student of spiritual psychology at USM, a teacher asked if anyone in the room of about 300 people was feeling tired or depressed. A surprising number of people raised their hands.
One of them, a young woman, shared that she had felt depressed for a long time and had very little energy. She agreed to participate in an experiment that could help her feel better.
Our teachers asked her to walk around the large room very fast, which she did. After the first time around her energy was noticeably better, and by the time she had been around a few times she reported that her mood had shifted. She felt more energized and positive than she had in a long time.
Could feeling good be that simple?
Yes, it can. One of the principles of NLP (neuro linguistic programming) is that changing your physiology can change how you feel. If you don’t believe me, try it out.
1: Sit for a minute slouched in a chair with your shoulders slumped, head down, frowning and and sighing. How do you feel?
2: Now stand up, straight and tall, reach or jump for the ceiling with a big smile on your face. Can you feel the difference? Does it feel better?
Changing your physiology is a totally free way to shift how you feel. When you change your state, you can change your mind.
When you want to feel more positive or energetic:
- Move your body
- Take a brisk walk
- Dance to upbeat music
- Jump up and down
- Smile and/or laugh
When you want to feel confident:
- Stand tall with good posture
- Wear shoes with heels that make you feel taller
- Keep your head up, looking straight ahead
- Walk purposefully
When you want to feel more relaxed:
- Move slowly
- Take deep breaths
- Do gentle stretches or yoga
- Meditate or focus on the details of the present moment
Can you see how this works? If the feeling you want to create is not listed here, just think of someone who has the characteristics you want to bring forward and emulate their body language.
You have all of these aspects already residing within you, like songs on a jukebox. Changing your physical state is like pushing a button to choose which song you want to play.
So, what are you going to choose today? Slumpy sad songs or something that is energetic and makes you feel better?
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