According to a 2004 Rand Corporation report, depression results in more absenteeism than almost any other physical disorder and costs employers more than US$51 billion per year in absenteeism and lost productivity.
Sometimes we are happy, sometimes we are sad, or lonely, or
joyous. There are a range of emotions we feel every day. It's
part of the human experience. It can make life exciting and worth
living, it can also cause stagnation and depression.
In all my years as an Intuitive Counselor, I have witnessed too
many clients who believed in suffering with their sadness, not
feeling that there is more to life. When sadness works its way
into your every day experience and becomes an overriding factor
in your life, then its time to face it rather than suffer with
In our body’s energy system, joy and grief both reside in the
heart chakra. They are like two sides of the same coin. In order
to allow the joy to rise within you, you need to heal the
sadness. How? By becoming aware of the sadness, hearing what it
has to say, allowing it to speak or weep, and validating its
purpose for having been there all this time. Then, give yourself
permission to let go --which is easier said than done sometimes.
It’s important to reach out for help. Ask others to assist you.
Seek traditional counseling or intuitive counseling or even grief
therapy. Another person can give you a perspective outside of
yourself. It never ceases to amaze me how much we can't see the
forest for the trees when we're the ones in it. Everyone benefits
from outside observation at times.
Why do people seek out my services? Mostly for this same reason:
to get a fresh perspective. Many of them are looking for
something. They don't always know what... they just know there is
something more for them in this life beyond the stuckness they
feel, or the ordinariness of their daily life. One client said to
me recently, "I feel like I'm living the ‘Groundhog Day’ movie,
where everyday is the same, nothing ever changes. I want to get
on with my life..."
It's funny how often I hear something similar from a new client.
Many will add that they know there is something missing in their
life, or they are searching for a sense of purpose and clarity.
Others are so tired from holding onto all the sadness and years
of emotional baggage that they just want help. They want to know
the steps to take in order to make changes. Others want help with
their relationship issues and dramas.
Regardless of the particulars, the desire is the same: They want
to be happy.
Happiness is born from the healing process. Allowing sadness to
be released and transformed into joy, we achieve freedom...
freedom to express our happiness, our desires, our wants and
needs, and freedom to expand within our own energy body and
finally being able to relax into simply being one with our self.
We all have this need to be free...
How do you begin your journey to happiness? Start by asking
yourself these questions:
When was the last time I experienced happiness?
What do I feel when I'm quiet and simply listening to
What within me needs to be expressed?
What do I truly desire?
Am I holding onto emotions from the past?
Am I willing to move on?
Am I willing to ask for help?
What steps do I need to take?
Am I willing?
Am I suffering in sadness?
Do I want to be happy?
Is it time?
Think about your answers. What are they telling you? If you need
help... ask. If you need time… then give yourself time. If you
need answers... then start asking the right questions.
Jodie Foster is an Intuitive Counselor who assists clients to create extraordinary transformations in their daily lives. Her work is uplifting, empowering and success-oriented. You can visit Jodie’s website at http://www.illuminationsnetwork.com for further information and to schedule a private intuitive session. You can also look for daily updates to her blog at: http://intuitiveinnovations.blogspot.com .
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