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How to Shift Your Mood

Updated on June 18, 2009

I love the series “Dune” and “Children of Dune”. I don’t remember how many times I have watched them but I have watched them a lot. Of course it is not the same as reading the book, but for what the director had to work with to make the film, he did a fantastic job. Now I am waiting for Steven Spielberg to make the movie “David the King”.

In Dune, there was a scene where Paul Atreides was training with Gurney and because Paul had just been tested in the black box by the Reverend Mother Helen Mohiam of the Bene Geserit, he was not focused on the training. Had he been in a real combat, he would have been wounded. He dismissed it as “I’m not in the mood” and Gurney answers “Not in the mood? Mood is for women and children, young pup. Mood isn’t for fighting” It is true. Mood is not for fighting but we al l go through different moods during the day. It is not confined to women and children. There are so many graduations in this “mood”

For this exercise, you will learn how to shift your mood.

You need to pay attention to how you feel. How do you feel right now?Acknowledge that you are feeling down (if you are) and then move on to do the following exercise

We begin with whatever was right in front of us..a book, a candle holder, a pencil..whatever is right in front of you.

In order to truly appreciate that thing, you need to hold it in your hand, feel it, observe it, be at one with it.

Appreciation takes time and when you do give yourself a chance to have this time to appreciate anything, you will soon realize that for that thing to get there in your hand, right at this moment, this lowly pencil or pen, countless of man-hours were expended.

To get the pen into your hand was a product of the work and coordination of a lot of people.

Now you move on to another thing and so on and so on. Look around you!

As you do this, the worry/anxiety/anger/ will dissipate and be replaced with wonder. The key is not to hurry and pay attention to your need to move on from a "down feeling" to “neutral" to "appreciative" to “happy”. There are countless stages in between.

The key is not denying how you are feeling. It is acknowledging it, and moving forward regardless of the circumstance. This requires discipline: the discipline of focus, and the discipline of patience. Focus on what you have right now, not in the past.

How do you feel right now, after doing the exercise? Exactly.

Mood or feeling is how we communicate with the universe. Feelings is a combination of thought and energy. We think the thought- it is a conscious process- and a mood is created, but the resulting feeling is much more powerful than the thought. You can feel it in your body.

When you are angry or sad, there is a different set of chemical reactions that occur. When you are happy another set of chemical reactions occur. There are different receptors in your brain for each process. The important thing is to know that a negative feeling triggers a set of chemical reactions that are not good for your body.

Some of us are so accustomed to thinking negatively we don't even notice it until we actually pay attention to it.

We need to lessen the gaps between happy emotions in order for our desires to come faster.

 © 2009 by Melinda M. Sorensson


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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Hey, Penny!! Thanks!!

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      pennyofheaven 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Excellent Advice! Thanks!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Hi, Hopmoney. I would be glad to visit your blog. Send me the link. Thanks so much!!

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      Hopmoney wizard 7 years ago from barak

      msorensson good job on this. i signed up for blogetery and create my own blog for this kind of topic. maybe you could visit my site need some comment most specially from you. anyways congratulation on this blog like it!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, Tranquilheart. :-)

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      Tranquilheart 7 years ago from Canada

      Simple and effective, thanks!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you Holle :-)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I really believe in keeping a positive attitude. I've also found that moderate exercise will lift my spirits. Wonderful hub!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, Minnetonka twin. I am honored.

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      Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

      msorensson-I keep seeing you on other people's hubs and thought I was following you already. Loved this hub and look forward to learning from your experiences.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      This is very important :-)

      Actually I have been talking to my sister about it last night.

      Thanks for coming by.

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      Scribenet 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you for this technique. I may have been using it unconsciously (i.e. changing my focus to something I enjoy), but now I can use the simple, easy to remember method when I have very little with me to help to change my focus. Great Hub!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Oh, thanks so much brightforyou!! I just hope it will give the readers a few things to think about. Thank you for your comment. Much appreciated.

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Hi msorensson - wow, your hubs are wonderful! What a generous spirit you have to give away your knowledge and wisdom in this way (in giving we receive) - I'm loving your work - thanks so much!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you Nell. takes a little practice but it is worth it.

      Glad you had a better day after your birthday!!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, what a clever idea, I missed this one somehow, and I love it, I will try and do this when I can't concentrate or am in a bad mood. thanks nell

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, Nick. Oh.. I love that series...Dune..The director did a superb job with what little he had.

      And I love the actors, especially those of Paul, the Baron Harkonnen, the Baron's nephew and a toss between Chani and the Princess Irulan.

      Thank you for dropping by.

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      NickSimpson 7 years ago from Jacksonville, Illinois

      It has been so long since I watched Dune I almost forgot about

      You have some very interesting and informative reading here for those who are thirty. Look forward to getting to more of your content soon.


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      msorensson 8 years ago

      Hello Metaphysician,

      We all get sad. It is part of life. Your feeling of sadness is telling you that there is something you desire. It does not have to be a material thing, it can be as simple as a phone call/letter/email from somebody.

      First acknowledge the presence of your pain/sadness. Then identify the what it is that you want and feel that you are not getting. Then, proceed to do something that will get you out of your mood, immediately.

      For example, mine would be buying myself fresh flowers, or taking a bath and staying there a long time, or having the car washed or having the gardener clean the yard again. These things, if I do them will immediately "lift me up" so I do whichever is convenient for me at the moment.

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      metaphysician 8 years ago

      Thanks for the tips, Melinda.

      I've a question here (though I might know the answer :-),

      What if one person is consciously know what she/he is during a time for example sad? She/he counsciously know that but yet still doesn't break out from it?

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      msorensson 8 years ago

      Some circumstances require immediate action, as when Jesus Christ threw the tables of the money changers in the synagogue. His action was called for and he did it from a space of ruthless compassion. But it takes time to get to that space, to be a master of emotions, therefore for most of us the effective action would always be to observe and then act.

      Thank you, James

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      I agree with you wholeheartedly. It is easy to just react, harder to get a hold of oneself—but far more beneficial. Thanks for these ideas about how to change one's moods.

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      msorensson 8 years ago

      I prefer simplicity to complexity at all times. Simplicity is where beauty is. Simplicity is truth.

      Thanks Alex

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      AlexK2009 8 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      A deceptively simple trick. thanks