To achieve anything great in this world, you need an abundance of enthusiasm and energy, but what do you do if you feel a little lethargic and not really operating at your 100% ultimate best?
How do you actually manage to pick yourself up and stay motivated when feeling down?
Fortunately, yogic wisdom has some very elegant and simple solutions to these questions, which are presented below for you to read. Applying just one of these principles can instantly rejuvenate your spirits and have you back to your usual self in no time at all.
- Becoming Aware Of Change
- Raising Your Energy Levels
- Accept Everyone
- Be Of Service To Others
- Applying Wisdom To Handle Your Challenges
- Bonus Webinar ~ Motivation & Overcoming Depression
1. Becoming Aware of Change
Everything in life is constantly changing, your mood, thoughts, emotions, attitudes and so on. Nothing ever stays the same.
The ancient yogic sages were well aware of this phenomenon, and thus prescribed a series of practices and philosophies to help people come to terms with their feelings.
A little-known secret is that no mood or emotion can stay at its current intensity for more than two and a half days.
In practical terms, this means no matter how angry, depressed or frustrated any of us may feel at any given moment in time, these feelings will automatically subside in just over a couple of days.
Knowledge of this sutra alone can relieve us of so many stresses and anxieties. Often, our sense of helplessness arrives when we feel stuck in a situation and are unable to see a way forward. If ever you felt this way, its fine…relax, these feelings will not stay.
No one can ever be feeling down 100% of the time. Your mind can only relate to being depressed when it compares itself to previous times when indeed, you were happy.
Life is an intricate balance between opposing forces of nature (referred to as the yin and the yang in eastern texts).
Where there is dark, there is light; where there is warmth, there is cold; where there is black, there is white and where there is misery, there is happiness.
You can only be miserable if you were happy in the first place. The memory of this happiness is enough for your mind to change its state and pull you out of any negative feelings.
You don’t need the motivation to become happy, your consciousness is naturally balanced and connected to a higher source. It is only our mind that takes us away from our true higher selves. Thus, the question becomes, “How can I change my mind to get back to being happy?”
Even if you can’t readily find a solution to this question, just being aware of the constantly changing nature of the mind, will provide a huge sense of relief, as if you feeling low at this moment in time, you now know that it’s only a matter of time, before your mind naturally changes its feelings.
2. Raising Your Energy Levels
Yogic wisdom tells us, the single most important factor for any human being to lose their centredness and natural happy state is when we lose our levels of prana (natural life force or energy).
Our prana is reduced when we feel tired, overworked, overstressed or overburdened with worries in our everyday lives. There are various sources of energy to help increase our prana levels.
The first is simply to get enough sleep. Sleep has many therapeutic benefits to our system and allows our mind and body to naturally flow back into its rhythmic balance.
The second source would be your food. Vegetables, fresh fruits, high fibre diets have an abundance of prana within them, and we absorb these nutritious qualities when consuming such foods.
In fact, the study of Ayurveda is a whole science of healthy living and a great deal of emphasis is placed upon which foods we should eat and why.
The next yogic source of energy is meditation. Thinking too much is one of the quickest ways to lose our internal energies as each thought is nothing more than a vibration of energy.
By increasing the speed of our thoughts, we deplete our internal reserves, and thus, become drained very quickly.
Meditation allows your mind to repose in its inner sanctum and replenishes its natural resources by connecting itself with the higher levels of consciousness.
Another source of energy is your mindset. As mentioned earlier, all miseries are caused by the sensations of the mind, and by refocusing on where our minds place its awareness, we can refocus the experiences we feel at any given moment.
Swami Vivekananda once stated, “We are the cause of all the problems in our lives”. Though this may be an unsettling statement to comprehend, it actually becomes very powerful when we analyse it a little closer. If we are the problem for all of our anxieties, then surely we are the cure as well.
If our mind causes us so many problems, the very same mind can also give us so much joy.
Ancient wisdom teaches us how to utilise our minds in a strong productive manner, and make the mind a servant of our thoughts, rather than our thoughts were at the mercy of our minds.
The point I want you to realise more than anything else is that feeling down is not your natural state of being, it has been caused by your mind reacting in a certain manner to certain situations.
Happiness is your divine right; when walking this earth, never forget that, and continue moving forward with a smile. I am not saying it’s easy by any means, but with a little bit of courage and belief in this ancient wisdom, you can raise your spirits in no time at all.
3. Accept Everyone
A major source of frustration and unhappiness for people is when having to deal with others. When we see someone falling short of our expectations for them, this can easily dampen our spirits and quickly dampen our motivation and happiness levels.
The easiest way to handle this situation is quite simply to accept everyone as they already are. We all have our own views as to how life should be lived and more subtly, we have our own expectations as to how others should be leading theirs.
However, these are futile thoughts as in reality, we cannot influence anyone unless they actively are seeking our guidance to do so.
Accepting people the way they are in total, will, first of all, give you a great sense of calmness and inner peace.
Remember, everyone is going through their own journey and all we see is what they show on the outside. We have no idea as to what really goes on inside their minds and hearts, and thus we can never really determine the exact course of action that they should be taking.
Thus, whenever you feel a sense of disappointment in others, simply realise that where they are now, is exactly where they are meant to be, and not to get frustrated or disappointed with their predicament.
4. Be Of Service To Others
A really easy and fun way to pick up your spirits when feeling down is to simply be of service to others.
Many a time, you may begin to feel down about yourself when you caught up in the struggles of your daily life and become overly critical of your general progress and development. This is particularly the case with entrepreneurs and business leaders.
As soon as your life becomes entirely centred around just your own goals and desires, life can become very monotonous and uninspiring.
In the pursuit of our dreams, becoming self-centred can happen very easily without even knowing about it. As soon as you start to dwell on sentiments like “Oh why did this happen to me? Why am I so unlucky? What harm did I do to anyone?” etc… then you know, it’s time to take the focus away from yourself and give your life some well-needed balance.
Being of service to others simply means, giving your time, energy and talents to help someone or something else, with no expectations for anything in return.
Once you start to engage with others and focus on their needs instead of yours, at a very subtle and unconscious level, you give your own mind a well-deserved break.
You take the attention away from your daily problems and allow your spirits to naturally restore themselves to where they should be.
This is such a simple solution for you to implement and can produce instant results when you are looking to get your energy and enthusiasm back into your own life.
5. Applying Wisdom To Handle Your Problems
People tend to worry so much about all the problems which come their way, and this, in turn, can easily reduce one’s happiness and motivation to actually get things done.
The root cause of most people’s misery is unfulfilled expectations of happiness, and perhaps, a lack of awareness of the infinite nature of our very self.
An easy way to resolve virtually any problem you face is to apply the rich teaching of Yogic wisdom, which is readily available throughout this website.
To help you get started with applying this wisdom, we shall now look at 3 common problems every one of us will encounter at some point in our lives; death, money and relationships.
Death will become us all, whether you’re a sinner or a saint, rich or poor, black or white, man or woman, none of us will escape the claws of time; so why even bother worrying about? It’s like saying I’m upset because the sun has gone down this evening. So what? It will rise again in no time at all.
The body is just a coat or instrument to house our true inner being (our mind, memory, intellect, ego and higher self), and over the course of time, many bodies will come and go, but only the self will remain eternal.
Contemplation of death should actually invigorate us to become fully aware of every precious moment we have in this life on earth. When someone dies, we should celebrate their existence and then bless their souls to continue its journey onto a higher path.
In the Vedic ceremonies, for ten days after a person’s death, many beautiful and ancient customs are observed where one is encouraged to mourn and release any sadness from their system.
After the tenth day, there is a highly significant ritual where you release the ashes of the departed being into the river (normally the Ganges) and then turn your back.
You don’t turn your back on the person, you are turning your back on the body, and any miseries you may have felt towards their death.
All you are then left with are the memories of the times you had together which one should relive with joy and happiness. Besides, we will all meet again one day anyway; death is a temporary separation of the body, but our souls remain forever intertwined.
Now let’s look at the concerns for money and wealth.
Every day the sun rises to give energy and warmth, rivers flow to give water, gravity keeps us rooted to the floor, the earth provides the fertile grounds for our food, air gives us vital pranic energy supplies, the divine looks over us at every given moment in time (whether you believe in God or not, is immaterial, he still believes in all of us), people around us give us companionship and a sense of belongingness, books, scriptures and learned people give us an opportunity to expand our minds, and learn about the deeper meanings of life, flowers give us such wonderful fragrances and beauty to observe.
The list goes on and on, nature is continuously showering us with so much love and affection, yet what does man do? He continuously worries about money and work.
Of course, everybody should strive to become the best they can be, in whatever field they pursue, but why base your whole identity and self-worth on your work?
As you can see from this paragraph, money is such a small and minute treasure on this earth, in comparison to all the natural wealth already surrounding us.
Wake up and realise what you already have, and forget any notions of lack in your life. The divine is always providing more than we could ever fully appreciate, we all simply need to look up and see what we already have.
OK, the next problem we face in this world is relationships. How many of us understand our own minds before even trying to understand others? When we see people, we all form immediate judgements about them by only looking at the surface of what we see.
Someone may be angry, but how do we know what is really going on inside their heart? When we view life from such a basic and simplistic perspective, all we notice are others’ limitations and problems, but yoga teaches us to go much deeper.
In understanding yourself, you automatically understand others (as we are all inherently connected as one divine consciousness).
Consequently, quite often seeing problems in others is a reflection of how we really see ourselves. This may be difficult for many to accept, but then yoga is meant to challenge all of our concepts. The truth doesn’t bend for anyone.
In romance, never mind loving another person, how many of us really love ourselves? If we don’t see perfection in ourselves, why do we expect so in others? The key to any successful relationships is to drop such immature expectations of perfection and simply accept everyone for what they already are.
If this proves to be too difficult, no problem at all, (nobody said you need to be friends with every single person on this earth), just simply make sure you don’t become enemies with them.
Everyone has their own flavour in life; together we all make a wonderful tapestry of colours when mixed together. Rejoice in our differences and diversity, it’s what makes this world such a beautiful place to live in.
I could continue dissecting every perceived problem in life, and be assured; yogic wisdom will have an answer for everything. Life is not always meant to be understood, but simply experienced, enjoyed and viewed as a learning path for our soul to follow.
So many enlightened masters have graced this earth, and overcome so much pain and misery through their knowledge of the higher self. They have all shown us very practical ways of living our lives, living yogic knowledge with a full 100% commitment.
Problems are there to merely challenge our own limitations of what we believe we can or cannot handle. Take everything that comes your way as a challenge, refuse to ever let your spirits fall.
Sure, life may knock you down from time to time, but just make sure it doesn’t knock you out!
No situation will ever be given to you that you cannot already handle. If a burden appears too heavy, rest assured, the divine will do one of two things: either strengthen your back or lighten your load. Either way, through faith, persistence and courage, nothing will ever keep you down.
There is a beautiful saying in Hindi: “Zindagi ho to aisi warna na ho” which roughly translates to: “Life should either be like this, or it’s better not to have a life at all.” Whatever lies in front of you, never forget the power you have inside and behind you.
Wisdom produces warriors of the highest calibre; go forth and live life to the fullest, as it is your divine birthright to receive nothing but the best!
The only problems we truly face are those in our minds. Control your mind, and you control your life. That’s the mantra of a true yogi warrior!
6. Bonus Webinar ~ Motivation & Overcoming Depression
In addition to the principles mentioned above, you can also listen to a powerful 80-minute interview I did on Motivation & Overcoming Depression. I cover a variety of topics in great detail and also live questions from a global audience along the way. The talk is a lot of fun and I am sure you will pick up many ideas on how to stay motivated when feeling down.