How are you doing? Are you feeling okay? I hope so. I hope you are realizing that you have a wonderful opportunity to make a positive difference in the world. I believe that every time someone who is depressed turns the corner and becomes less depressed, more passionate about their life, and create vitality in their environment, I believe that is a huge win. What do I mean by that? It means that you have created positive energy. You can make a check against ‘job well done’.
So this is a check in for you. I want you to sit for a moment and consider how you feel. When we are depressed we don’t really want to do that. It is easier just to do nothing, than to sit and actually check out how you feel. I am talking about pains and aches you may have, or a feeling of bliss and ease. Start with the top of your head. How does your hair feel? Does it feel washed and clean? If not that is a check against “need to wash my hair.” How does your face feel? The skin on your face? Does that feel clean and fresh. If not, make a check against, “need to clean my face and put some moisturizing cream on it.”
If you have put a check mark against those two things, then you most likely have not brushed your teeth. So let’s put a check mark against that. Moving down your body, how does your heart feel? Do you realize how amazing your heart is? It pumps a huge amount of blood around your body every minute of every day. It works away at oxygenating your blood, and pumping it to every part of your body that needs blood. It is an amazing thing—your heart. And it is yours. Yours to have and to hold and keep forever. How does it feel? Send it some loving thoughts right now as you are sitting here with me. It sounds corny, but you can say to your heart, “Thank you heart for keeping me alive. I haven’t always given you the attention you deserve, but I really thank you today, and I will send you loving thoughts so that you know I appreciate you.”
I know, if this were on Saturday Night Live, it would make a fabulously funny skit. But don’t worry, no one is watching. This is just you and me. It’s our secret that we talk to our hearts and send them loving thoughts. Next go down your body in your mind, and think about your stomach and your colon. How are they feeling? I know that when I eat ice-cream or too much fried food I am putting a lot of strain on my system. Then I have to reach for some antacid medicine—and I don’t want to do that anymore; it doesn’t feel good, in fact sometimes it is downright painful. So how are you treating your food system? Are you chewing your food well before you swallow? Are you feeding yourself lots of good, nourishing food. Eating your veggies and fruit? Good. And if not, don’t worry, just put a mental check mark against, ‘want to put healthy food into my system.’
What about your shoulders and arms? Do you have arms? I met a young girl who was a keynote speaker and she was born without arms. She was one of the happiest people I know. She used her feet as her hands and overcame every problem she had. How are your arms and hands? Do you know how blessed you are to have them? I hope so—we can do so much good with our hands. We can make things, heal things and be really creative—what a boon!
What about your reproductive system? I don’t want to get into sex today, we will cover that another day; but are you taking care of yourself in that region? Are you enjoying love-making with a special partner? If not, do not worry; many people don’t need to have sexual relationships—it’s not an unhealthy or a healthy thing. I just want to make sure that you are feeling good about yourself in every department. If you are rarely touched; you may want to try a massage. It feels great and it helps overcome feelings of embarrassment about our bodies.
Go further down your body to your legs and feet. Do you have any? Again, I am amazed at how young men and women cope without legs. Have you seen people play basketball and play extreme sports without legs? So if you have a pair of them and a pair of feet, you may want to be thankful right now. They take you places, they stand, they sit, they lie down, they will keep on walking until they can walk no longer. If you haven’t taken a walk recently, put a check against, ‘will take a nice long walk.’ Your legs will thank you for it. If you can’t take a walk for whatever reason, then stretch whatever part of your body you can stretch.
So that’s it for today. Whatever you felt when your checked your body, do something about it today. Get washed, showered and take a walk if you can. Treat your body well and you will enjoy the benefits for years to come. And do not worry if you cannot do everything today. You know where you are and what you need to do. You are amazing and you will do exactly what you need to do to create a combat move to kick depression. You are a life warrior my friend. Never forget that.