Be Impeccable With Your Word for Better Mental Health

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I made it through the first part of the book, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.  The first agreement is “Be Impeccable With Your Word.”  He says that our words have power; are like magic.  Words can harm or help.  Words can incite hate or promote love.  It is here where the impeccable part comes in.

Impeccable means to not sin against one’s self.  When we attack or speak unlovingly to others we create in them negative feelings towards us, thereby causing harm or “sinning” against ourselves.

Being impeccable means being genuine and loving with ourselves by being genuine and loving with others.  It’s knowing when to say something and when to be silent.  It is avoiding gossip at all costs.  It’s not only learning what to say, but HOW to say it.  I am finding out, as I try to apply this agreement to my daily life, that it is a very difficult thing to do.

I find myself NOT being impeccable with my word about things all day, even silly things like complaining about an app on my phone – saying things like, “These app developers don’t know what they are doing.  If they had any sense they’d know what people want!”

That is not being impeccable with my word.  Instead I could have said, “I wish the app had this feature on it.”  See the difference?  In the former I felt irritated and angry and self-righteous.  In the latter, my emotive state would have been much calmer and serene, thus impeccable.

This is going to take a lot of practice and mindfulness to change, because I think I am more of a complainer than I realize.  I gossip and I judge and I complain.  I’ve worked really hard over the last couple of months to stop judging myself; to be impeccable with my word directly towards myself, and I’ve made a lot of progress with it.

Now, it is time to look outside of myself and make some changes.  Now, it is time to try to be completely impeccable with my word in not just my relationship with myself, but in how I relate to everyone and everything.

Wish me luck.

 

What to Do When Thoughts and Feelings are Jumbled

alone-513525__180My mind is all over the place this morning.  I get into the groove of wanting to write something educational for you all because I do write mental health articles for other websites, and I am just not used to writing so much about myself personally.  It really takes a lot of effort to reflect on what is going on inside of my head and how I am feeling.  When I sit to do so, I often feel nothing and then things turn panicky because I get scared of the “nothing” feeling.

When I think about my thoughts, they are either blank or seem to be hiding behind walls in my head.  What is that all about?  I surely don’t know.  I suppose meditation could help me get in touch with more of these thoughts and feelings.  I meditate sporadically, often looking up 10-20 minute sessions on YouTube.  I can’t sit through anything longer than that without getting restless and bored.  This probably means something.  I wish I had a therapist who could give me feedback on it.  Does anyone out there have any thoughts on it, or has experienced it and knows why?

I bet a therapist could give me feedback on a lot of things.  You know who gives me good feedback?  My husband and a few select friends.  I have a small faith group that meets a few times a month and we share about real stuff and give each other honest, loving feedback.  Talking and listening is truly one of the best ways for me to “unjumble” my thoughts and feelings.

Another way  I get things out is to write about them, which is why I started journalling on this blog.  So, write I will….

My daughter is doing great at her new school.  Her anxiety is under control and she has adjusted well to the new environment, which is so much better than her old school.  She feels comfortable and safe and happy.  I feel relieved and grateful, and so happy for her.  I want high school to be a positive, fun experience for her, not a nightmarish hell.  Prayers have definitely been answered.

High school was pretty much a nightmare for me because I had undiagnosed depression and probably the beginnings of bipolar disorder as well as alcoholism.  I also lived in a home with active alcoholic parents.  It was tough.  I am glad I am in recovery now, being treated for mental illness, and providing my children with a much better childhood than the one I had.

One of the things I love about being stable is that I feel like doing my hobbies – photography and writing.  I enjoy them so much and feel so fulfilled by doing them.  It is so disheartening when my mood takes a dip, as it always does with the bipolar disorder, and I don’t have the energy or motivation to do them anymore.

The writing especially goes by the wayside.  The words just don’t come….at all, which sucks because it makes keeping up a blog a bit challenging.  My hope is to make connections here that are consistent and lasting.  So, feel free to comment and I will always reply and check out your blog as well.

I am scanning my brain trying to think of any house chores that need to be done, but there are none.  It is the perfectionist in me who is acting up.  I need to learn to let things go a little.  Although, some of it may have to do with needing something to fill up my time.

I am thinking about looking for a job as a photography assistant.  Not sure if there is anything like that out there, but I won’t know if I don’t look.  Hopefully, by working on my negative judgements like my psychiatrist asked me to, I will be able to maintain a stable mood longer than I usually do and be able to possibly do something crazy like work a little part-time job.  Wouldn’t that be amazing, considering I haven’t been able to work in seven years?

Hope you’re having a nice day.  More soon…