In my bipolar life, I have had few successes. Finding a type of meditation that worked for me gave me the benefits meditation provided was one of those successes. Learning to use themed meditation and affirmations along with proper treatment and management of my bipolar disorder has changed my life little by little. In this post, I will share a couple of areas where either themed meditations or affirmations changed my life for the better.
Responding Rather Than Reacting.
My therapist told me repeatedly that I needed to learn to respond rather than react, or I was going to get myself into trouble. This conversation started when I told him about an incident that happened in a therapy session. My therapist did not offer a way to learn this that worked for me beyond breathing exercises. Then I came across Victor Frankl’s statement, “between stimulus and response; there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. “
I thought if I meditated on this statement, I could hopefully find that space. Meditating on this statement allowed me, over time, to learn that I just reacted to life. In me, there was always an instant reaction to what people said or situations that arose. Not only that, but every reaction was volatile and negative. This simple statement allowed me to understand not only did it not have to be that way, but there could be a better way. The better way was to breathe before I did anything. I could find that space in those breaths, and instead of instantly reacting, I could learn to have controlled responses to people, situations, and things. I mention things because some of my most violent reactions have always been towards things, like the toaster that burned my toast or the photocopier that gave me blurred copies. Both objects I smashed into little pieces.
The change did not happen overnight, but I did change, and over time I became that person who did not instantly react but responded in constructive ways to people, situations, and things.
By meditating on Victor Frankl’s statement, “between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. “ I came to comprehend its meaning and understand that space does exist and that I could use that space to formulate my response. Slowly I grew into the person that responded rather than reacted.
The Affirmation that Changed My Life.
Bipolar disorder did the things to me that it does to most people. Bipolar disorder destroyed my self-esteem, made me feel I could hold a job, and made me constantly think my life was not worth living. I created a simple affirmation to deal with those three issues. I love myself; I love my job; I love my life.
The day I created this affirmation, I did not believe anything I was telling myself. I truly hated myself; I lived in fear that I would lose the job I had just started, and I thought my life was not worth living. Over the next year, I said, I love myself, I love my job, I love my life, over and over, silently to myself, out loud when I could. Over time I came to believe these things, but I keep repeating them until I was fully convinced things were true of me and about me. I came to love myself, not in a selfish way, but a way that gives you confidence that you are a worthwhile person with something to offer others. I came to love my job and enjoyed working there until I retired a year ago. I lost the fear that I would lose that job. I came to love my life and have watched my life get better and better over the past eleven years. I have a purpose today, something that was always missing before.
Over the past eleven years, I have used quotes, affirmations, and other themes to improve my life. Next week I will share the benefits of meditation that can be experienced by using a type of meditation that works for you.
Please let me know in the comments about your experience with meditation or bipolar disorder and if you found this information helpful. Please like and share this post.
As we conclude this week’s blog post, always remember our battle with bipolar disorder is with and in our minds. Our struggle is with our illness, not other people, places, situations, or other external things. Our goal is to develop the self-discipline to take control of our emotions, minds, and lives.
The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”
I say,” Work hard on yourself, and everything else falls into place like magic.”
Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.
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Many other people blog on bipolar and related subjects. Mental wellness is all about knowledge and learning about ourselves. The more informed we are, the easier our struggles may be. Each week I attach a blog that I found interesting that may inform you. The following blog is another author’s work. I hope you enjoy this week’s blog created by Natasha Tracy.