One of those days…

Today is one of those days that should be perfect, or at least it is on paper, but something is just off. When I’m at home for those days, I like to snuggle my dogs. Without an easy fix like snuggles with a puggle, I’ve come to realize how many ways I try to avoid feeling down on days like these.

From exercise to terrible TV shows to nights out with the girls, there are a zillion ways to make the blues go away…but is that the best choice when a mood settles? Is that mood trying to tell you something? Are the blues that perpetual feeling of emptiness that we try to fill up with whatever excites us? Sex, drugs, babies, clothes….When all those other things fail miserably, is it that emptiness that turns people to seek higher truths and deeper meaning in life?

I assume so…it’s what I’ve been told and it’s definitely observable on days like this. This is when I would usually start planning for a new trip, set some major new goals or try to get myself pumped up about something. But I’ve already traveled to 3 countries this year, I’ve run out of vacation days and I’m starting yoga teacher training in two weeks…I’m all out of time or money for new plans or goals…I need to fulfill the ones I’ve set out.

So, I’m left without my usual avoidance techniques and it’s time to watch that mood like a Buddhist…let it settle until it’s ready to leave I guess. Bah hum bug…negative emotions are just no fun!

Published by Gita Matlock

Gita is a writer, speaker, and nonprofit professional. She earned a bachelors degree in international studies from Pepperdine University and a masters degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco. She has traveled extensively and held leadership positions with national and international nonprofit organizations. She was born, raised, and now resides with her husband and two children at Ananda Village, the first of eight cooperative Kriya Yoga communities founded by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.

5 thoughts on “One of those days…

  1. Sometimes I get the post-trip blues. There is that light at the end of the tunnel when you are going on the trip that is exciting and then when it is over there is a feeling a what-do-I-do-now. 🙂 Sounds like you are keeping yourself engaged though. Give those sad feelings a big hug. I'm sure they will be gone before you know it.

  2. That's totally it…I always have a little sinking spell at the end of an awesome trip. I suppose that's 'Duality' … what goes up, must come down and all.It's a good idea, I'll give those blues a big hug 🙂

  3. Cheer up pumpkin! I can't wait for your visit to LA and we can finally have that glass of wine and a cup of tea. I too get the post trip blue's. I'm sending positive vibes up the coast to you now ;). Hugs to you and the girls…and pull out that sunshine from deep with in you that radiates everytime I see you!

  4. blues remind us that our efforts to seek satisfaction from enjoyable activities and emotions are destined to balance themselves out to zero. Our true satisfaction lies within. See the opposite end of spectrum described in Eternity at! Joy, dad

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