By Wes Annac, Openhearted Rebellion
I want this to be an uplifting virtual space.
I use this blog to write about love, spirituality, and many different things I think could help the world. I try to encourage positive thinking and living your best life. More than anything, I want this to be a place you can go for a dose of light and a reminder that the world is not all bad.
My goal is to encourage the development of a balanced, authentically positive perspective. Artificial positivity that disregards the often-harsh nature of our existence has no place here.
I want to encourage a mindset that doesn’t ignore certain harsh truths but recognizes them as more of a reason to be kind, compassionate, and compelled to make the best of your life. This mindset doesn’t ignore everything bad or scary in the world, but it doesn’t dwell on those things either.
To me, forced positivity is every bit as destructive as relentless pessimism.
If you try to be positive all the time, you’ll suppress thoughts and feelings that when left unresolved will build up before unexpectedly erupting. In the same vein, if you let a mental raincloud follow you around, you’ll stop caring about the things that used to remind you how wonderful life can be.
To be authentically positive is to recognize that while most of us have a good reason to be stressed, anxious, or depressed, we shouldn’t let those awful feelings defeat us. There are plenty of other reasons we should be grateful we’re here at all.
I should make a distinction between the diagnosed depression a portion of the population has and the less severe depression most people go through.
Since I’m not a mental health professional and I’ve never had severe depression, I’m obviously unqualified to give advice about it. The depression I can identify with is the mild kind that occasionally rears its ugly head; whether out of the blue or in response to something.
For me, it never lasts more than a couple hours. I can usually alleviate my blues by getting out and taking a walk or doing some other exercise.
Despite this, I’ll admit that going through even the weakest depression is hard. It doesn’t matter what causes that prolonged sour mood that casts a shadow over your day and kills any hope for productivity. Few things are worse than feeling stuck in it with no way out.
I can understand why people fall into depression. I know how easy it is to let negativity take over and pollute your mind. I can empathize with the feeling that circumstances in your life have led you to that point, and I certainly understand the hopelessness that feeling can create.
My struggle with these debilitating thoughts led me to try both options – forcing myself to be positive and wallowing in negativity. I get why people go to these extremes, but with both, something was missing. Forced positivity didn’t make me any happier and wallowing made me feel much worse.
The only solution was to find balance.
I learned that I can’t be positive 100% of the time. I can’t expect these writings to reflect a forced or inauthentic sense of joy, and sometimes, I’ll need to vent about the bad stuff. In doing this, I hope to show anyone who shares my struggle that they’re not alone.
I also hope to explain how I get away from those thoughts and back into a rational, balanced, truly happy state of mind.
Working through the toxicity in your mind is far more effective than ignoring or getting lost in it. If this blog has a central message, it’s that we should find balance with the light and darkness in ourselves. This should be what inspires us to live with an open heart.
Like you, I’m a human with flaws. I’m learning to take the good with the bad, but I’m not perfect.
Some days, I might try to write something uplifting. Others, I may need to work through a few things before I can get back to that place. If I can be an example of the journey back to balance and manage to help some of you along the way, then this blog will have served its purpose.
I want this to be a space where people gather to share the light. It should be no surprise that we all have some inner junk to get through before we can reach such a positive place within. As we do this difficult inner work, we’ll begin to see the light peeking through the darkness.
Learning to navigate the ups and downs is essential. With an understanding of the need for balance, you can live a far more meaningful life than one spent faking positivity or letting painful thoughts take you down. Some days will be harder than others, but if humans have proven anything, it’s that we can persevere.
“You have to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad. Love what you got, and remember what you had. Always forgive, but never forget, learn from your mistakes but never regret. People change, things go wrong, but just remember life goes on.” ― chime (source)
About Wes Annac:
I’m a twenty-something writer & blogger with an interest in spirituality, love, awareness, activism, and other crazy stuff. I run Openhearted Rebellion, a blog dedicated to sharing wisdom and encouraging a revolution that begins in the heart.
I’ve contributed to a few awesome websites that include Waking Times, Wake Up World, Golden Age of Gaia, and The Master Shift. I can be found on Facebook (facebook.com/wesannac, facebook.com/cultureofawareness) and Twitter (twitter.com/Wes_Annac, https://twitter.com/love rebellion)
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