The 28 Day Challenge
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Day 25 - Control your moods

Think how you can instantly change what is going on in your body, or your mind, in order to change how you feel

  • What did you do to create that change?
    • To begin with I blur my focus - so I put the thing that's triggering the mood behind a mental screen of some kind. I also find that treating the mood as almost belonging to someone else allows me to objectify it and control it.
  • Do any of the previous challenges help change your state?
    • I think generally the discipline of writing down those thoughts and emotions, which are normally not articulated, has helped in this objective process. Also exercises such as the breathing control has been pretty useful. Finally I think i've got another kind of sense from the 'alchemist' which is - I can control a lot more in my life than I thought I could.
  • How effective was it?
    • Not completely, as yet, but i understand that it's not going to happen overnight.
  • What did you discover about the connection with your mind, body and your feelings?
    • Firstly that they're fundamentally interrelated and something as superficial as a smile can work its way inward to produce other beneficial effects. Also the mind can ultimately determine anything it wants and if we're concious enough about it we can make ourselves feel whatever we want to feel.
Day 25 - Control your moods
1 How did you feel? Still not in real control just yet. I think that's going to take time and concentration.
2 In what way did you find the challenge useful?
Remember even if the challenge was negative this is an excellent learning for yourself.
At the back of my mind I've considered these issues but I've never really put them down in black and white. In doing that I can get a better perspective on the mechanisms of control.
3 What insight did you gain? Moods are controlable and are not a fixed response to a given situation.
4 What did you learn about yourself? I feel i should worry, and i feel that must naturally produce a bad mood in which someone is ultimately (not necessarily me) to blame in some way, if only for not alleviating the situation.