Monthly Archives: January 2014


David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful

Brother David says “If you want to be happy, be grateful” and then he tells us how: STOP-LOOK-GO!

“Every moment is a new gift, over and over again, and if you miss the opportunity of this moment, another moment is given to us, and another moment. We can avail ourselves of this opportunity, or we can miss it, and if we avail ourselves of the opportunity, it is the key to happiness. Behold the master key to our happiness in our own hands. Moment by moment…
Does that mean that we can be grateful for everything? Certainly not. We cannot be grateful for violence, for war, for oppression, for exploitation. On the personal level, we cannot be grateful for the loss of a friend, for unfaithfulness, for bereavement. But I didn’t say we can be grateful for everything. I said we can be grateful in every given moment for the opportunity, and even when we are confronted with something that is terribly difficult, we can rise to this occasion and respond to the opportunity that is given to us. It isn’t as bad as it might seem. Actually, when you look at it and experience it, you find that most of the time, what is given to us is opportunity to enjoy, and we only miss it because we are rushing through life and we are not stopping to see the opportunity.” – Brother David Steindl-Rast

Brother David Steindl-Rast

Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all! 
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, 
who violently sweep your house 
empty of its furniture, 
still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be cleaning you out 
For some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent 
as a guide from the beyond.

~ Rumi


Some people live in an world of nostalgia: ‘things were much better back then.’  And others focus on what they perceive was wrongs done to them. They hang on to resentment for years.

Holding a grudge takes energy.  With attention or energy locked up in the past you don’t have any left over to take care of the present.

When I’m focused on one magical moment of nature everything else disappears.  I notice my heart begins to open up.  My energy soars and I feel light, optimistic, and grateful.

Each day is a precious blessing to be enjoyed.

We always have a choice.

When we find ourselves in a place doing something that makes us unhappy, we have options.  We can remove ourselves from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.  I have the ultimate power over my life provided I follow my heart.

Stay present, in this moment all is well.  Stay focused. There’s enough Divine plan working through all of us.

Stay grateful.  The Living Universe is offering its gifts to you day by day, moment to moment.  And as you move through your day be mindful of your thoughts.  Should the slightest doubt arise, stop what you’re doing, take a breath, and take a brief time to say: ‘I give thanks to the Living Universe by focusing on my passion and sharing it with the world.’

~ Louie Schwartzberg

Louie Schwartzberg

Recovery International

Recovery International – One of the Best Self-Help Systems There Is

          Recovery International (RI) found at http://www.lowselfhelpsystems.org/ is by far one of the best self-help systems out there for people with mood disorders like Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and anger management issues, as well as average everyday people who are a little down, not too thrilled with their […]


Asthma drug Singulair linked to suicidal thoughts in young people (But I’m an adult!)

I’m sorry that I haven’t posted much over the last week.  I actually got depressed, anxious, agitated; had thoughts of worthlessness, hopelessness and suicidal ideations; and I had a full blown panic attack (crying, trembling, fear, hyperventilation, and the feeling like I was going to throw up out of every […]


You Tube

Breaking Depression Youtube Channel

Hi!

I’ve been working on multiple entries all at once over the last few days. That’s an ADD thing you know. So I have several things in the almost done column. For now check out the Breaking Depression Youtube Channel that I set up. There are numerous playlists on various subjects and I will be expanding this on a regular basis.
I hope you like the videos!


Alexander Technique for Well-Being

Today I will describe an incredibly simple and effective technique that once learned can be effectively used to stop a panic attack dead in its tracks.  If you take just a few minutes each day to practice this technique then your body will be under less tension and your mind […]


When I Have a Bad Day

I did not know whether to call this “When I Have a Bad Day” or “When You Have a Bad Day”, but the title I chose to use  tells you something.  If you are where I was then you may feel that every day is a bad day.  Indeed, for many years of my life, just about every day was a bad day.  But now the title is “When I Have a Bad Day”, which infers that I must be having good days and it does.  I have gone from “bad life” to “better life”.  I have gone from “bad life” to “bad days”.  I prayed to God for an end to my pain and suffering and I was answered.  I am grateful for God’s answer to my plea.  But I want more good days and I expect more good days.

Today was not a good day.  Despite major improvements in my biochemistry and spiritual well-being, I am still in a life of strife.  And strife seems to stick to me like flies to flypaper.  Life has not been kind to me.  I am immensely grateful for health and well-being of my wife and children.  There are many millions of people out there who are living through so much poverty, violence, and physical diseases that I am sparred from enduring.  But I still have situations that are not wrapped up.  I still have a lot to improve upon in my life.  I am still under duress mostly due to external factors as opposed to constant depression.  But I do get depressed on bad days.  And that depression seems to run straight toward the worst mental place to go.  Luckily, it abates.  Yours will abate too.

I do not dwell upon the notion of future bad days, but I do expect to have them, like all people do.  But because I have Depression I have to take proactive action.  I have to be prepared for bad days so I can try to prevent them from becoming torturous days. And I can’t always avoid that either.  In Recovery International one of the spottings says “Expect frustration and disappointment every minute of the day and you won’t be disappointed.”  Another one is: “I have the ability to withstand torture.”  It’s true!  We all do.  Read Man’s Search for Meaning and you will see. It’s not a feel good book.  I will go into Victor Frankl‘s Logotherapy in another post on a better day.  There is much to be learned from it.

In the meantime take a look at this video:


Inspirational Video – P&G Olympic Sponsor Commercial

I just saw this video (P&G Olympic Sponsor Spot) that I found very inspiring and very comforting.  So I had to jump out of bed to post it.

When we were children we took a lot of hard knocks, but we didn’t see it that way.  We never felt that the world was against us way back then when we were around age 5 or less.  We never said to ourselves, “Why is this happening to me?  Why am I falling down?  Why am I getting hurt?”  It was just part of the process.  It was part of the fun.  It was just part of the game.  Life was the game.  And life still is the game.  We’ve just forgotten that it’s a game.

The falls, the bruises, the injuries, the “failures” – none of that bothered us.  We didn’t care what anyone else thought of us.  We were just living – really living!

Right now, let`s remind ourselves that the child within each of us still lives and still wants to play!  “We take our own dear selves too seriously” (RI)  Let’s get back in the game!