If you do not say goodThat got me thinking how I could describe these days without the evaluative terms good and bad.
and you do not say not-good
then what is the nature of reality?
one type of day is -
high-energy in all chakras - it's remarkable
interested in ideas
tend to talk and write a lot
motivated to do things,
enjoy art and beauty,
filled with loving impulses -
and I like that kind of day. Who wouldn't?
the other type is -
low-energy all around
struggle to just do essential things
vaguely dissatisfied with everything, little feeling
tendency to sad, morbid thoughts -
A mood too many people are familiar with, and no one I know likes it.
Like/don't like is about preference. You may say everybody would prefer that high-energy day, and that wouldn't surprise me. Still, the day is not intrinsically good or bad. Those words are assessments.
If you just describe these moods, they are primarily different energy states. There are roughly three approaches to any mood or condition:
. just experience it
. try to change it
. try to escape it
I almost left out approach #4
. grouse and whine.
Changing the state - You learn to do that when you feel too high. Sit down, shut up, breathe. Meditation is obviously good practice for this. And a bipolar needs to do it or come across like a Labrador Retriever puppy. Changing the low state is harder, and often I just try to escape/endure. Now that I think of it, there are ways to work with your own energy. I studied kundalini with an excellent teacher once (Hi, Kit), and I know there are yoga poses that build energy. I've also done some chi gung. There's a course in that at our local rec center, and I'm planning to sign up for that.
But what about the "just experiencing" part? That sounds very Zen. Yet - who wouldn't want to pull the thorn out of your paw? Enduring a mood is easy to do when it's high-energy full of dopamine and serotonin; I lose myself in whatever I'm doing. Experiencing the low-energy state - not. I'm really fond of escaping it when I can find fiction to read or a movie. This kind of chemically-based condition doesn't seem to benefit from self-examination and self-talk the way situational depression can. And that's all I know. Your thoughts are welcome.