Shedding the ‘Blues’ – Expert Advice

In his “Thought for the Day” Shri Easwaran has given an excellent remedy for the Blues. It requires no doctor visit, no trip to a drug store, and frankly no material means what so ever! All it takes is a will to diligently apply the remedy he has proposed. I have inserted his advice below.


MAY 16

What we hope ever to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.


Plain old inertia is the underlying cause of many of our day-to-day difficulties. You will be feeling listless, oppressed, weighted down by lassitude; you won’t want to do anything at all. You may feel persecuted: “Why shouldn’t I sit around if I feel like it?” You may feel you are not in the best condition physically, with aches and pains that nobody understands.

To release yourself from this inertia, the first step is physical. The worst thing you can do is rest. Rest is what you have been doing; what is required is to get moving on something. Superficial physical symptoms may come by way of protest: a dull, throbbing headache, nerves on edge, a head as heavy as your heart. Get up and go for a walk – and walk fast, even if you don’t feel equal to it. Try to walk a little faster than you feel you can.

After ten minutes or so you will find yourself breaking through that physical lethargy. Keep walking, and you will see that the rhythm of your breathing has improved, your spirits are lighter, you are ready to face the next challenge of the day.

The Thought for the Day is today’s entry from Eknath Easwaran’s Words to Live By.

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