Lifting spirits

by Sofia

Back in February I tried to figure out a handful of ways to get myself out of the doldrums. These negative feelings have become frequent since I incapacitated myself (again) three weeks ago, and I find that the list is in need of revision.

zazen, to help relax my hyperactive internal dialogue and crippling self-criticism
– talking to extended family, to put my individual problems into a larger context so that I remember that I’m not the center of the universe, but that it’s bigger and I’m more connected to it than I think, and it loves me
– writing, to get out the things that are polluting my head and help me gain clarity on them; I often find that writing helps me sort through and make sense of my feelings when they’re convoluted