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You have received the air and continue to repeat the process. You let go and you receive. Some of us do this very efficiently; others, not so much. The lungs have a capacity of five to six litres depending upon your size. You may be breathing in a shallow manner and not receiving anywhere near the amount you could be receiving, and that directly affects your health. It is a good idea to receive as much as you can, wouldn't you agree? Perhaps you would be served well in applying this process and strategy to everyday life. Let go. Receive. Let go of something to receive something. Create a space for new, more, and healthy. To let go. To receive. The same principle holds true in your life. You have certain core traits, qualities, gifts, talents, needs, and desires. You have a core purpose for being in this world. By suppressing who you were meant and need to be, you are doing something entirely unnatural. If you're living for the fictional self, then you are unnecessarily trying to hold a beach ball under water with one hand while trying to push a boulder uphill with the other. You are draining precious life energy in a battle against nature, energy that you could otherwise be spending on what you are really all about. Clinical depression is characterized by a melancholy mood lasting for several days.

It's on a spectrum, ranging from moderate to severe. Moderate depression means that symptoms must be present in adults for two years, and for one year in children. Severe depression means that symptoms need only be present for two weeks but cause major impairment. When you're clinically depressed, you don't feel like "you" anymore. Those who love you are aware that something is wrong or off, that you're not your usual self. They're concerned. They'll ask, "Are you okay? What's wrong?" When I watch a patient emerge from clinical depression, it can feel as if I'm getting to know a new person, not the one who initially walked through my door. Their eyes twinkle a bit, they're laughing at their own jokes. They notice things in the room that they've never noticed, because they're not consumed with their own internal chaos. It's like coming out of a dark cave and becoming accustomed to the light. Challenging negative self-talk and developing empathy toward your body is an important step toward a healthy body image. In the following exercise, you'll pick a body part that you typically dislike or criticize (such as your hips, butt, or thighs) and imagine that you're that part. In essence, you'll be forced to defend yourself as the "problem" part. This will help you understand how negative words and actions affect your body. To begin, name the body part you dislike most, then write down the answers to the questions below from the perspective of that body part. The spirit within each one of us is our true self and home. When we return home we connect with love. Some people call this tremendous energy Nature. Some call it The Divine or Source Energy, some name it The Universe or God.

Belief in higher love has forever provided us human beings with ways to explore, honour and balance our minds, bodies and spirits. For time immemorial ancient civilisations have known, held faith in and drawn inspiration from heavenly, divine love. Art, music, dance, poetry, rituals and prayer, indeed all manner of creative expressions, are not only ways of touching this sacred, sublime place, they are expressions of it. Creativity is our manifestation of the energy of life with which each of us organically sparkles. You have expired. Died a little by releasing the air in your lungs. Created space through a mini form of destruction. Let go of the need to hold on to the air that no longer serves us. It would be toxic to you if you did nothing. Let go of breath, thoughts, objects and people who are not needed any more. In that space left empty, things that serve you well will rush into the vacuum you created. Knowing human nature as I do, I understand that remote consequences, such as health problems that will not affect you for another thirty years, are sometimes not powerful motivators. The idea of a shortened life span can seem irrelevant in early and midlife. Let me assure you: Those consequences can and will be very real at some point in your life. Suppose, for example, I came to you on your deathbed and said, "Here are fourteen years longer for you to live, fourteen years for you to enjoy watching your grandchildren grow, fourteen years to experience life in any way you wish--do you want those extra years?" How would you respond? It takes so much energy to be what you are not. It takes so little to be what you truly are. If at the end of your life, your answer would be, "Yes, I want those fourteen years back," then let it be yes now. You will quickly discover that when you are on the right track with yourself, there is an enormous energy that uplifts you. You feel inspired and healed.

Put simply, you will know how it feels to be empowered. Empowerment is the ability to distill the life force to a single focus. Empowerment makes it possible for two parents to lift the corner of a two-ton car to rescue a child that is trapped. It is what gives the warrior a tremendous advantage over his foe. It is what enables an outnumbered band of soldiers to defeat an army several times its size. When you experience perfectly hidden depression, your loved ones may have a hard time seeing your struggles and pain. Living with PHD can be a very lonely journey. Since you're such an expert at hiding, it's not likely that someone is going to say, "Hey, are you okay? You don't seem yourself." Unless you want them to. Unless you're finally ready to talk about who you really are. When I see someone emerge from perfectly hidden depression, it can also feel as if I'm getting to know someone new, but in a very different way than with clinical depression. I hear about feelings long suppressed that are now being expressed. I see tears of relief. I hear about anger that's finally being respected. The wondrous change I see emerges from increased freedom of expression and a deepening of self-compassion. This is now your journey. Most people with body image issues have several parts they dislike; practice this exercise with all of those parts. You may be surprised by how much your body has to say. And you may also be disappointed in yourself at how you treat your body, particularly the parts you don't like. Hopefully, this exercise will help you realize that it's time to start listening to your body and responding to it in a loving, kind way.

Although many body factors can contribute to a negative body image (scars, freckles, and cellulite, to name just a few), weight is certainly one of the most common triggers--if not the most common. For those with weight-related concerns, the key to developing a positive body image as you work on slimming down is to set a realistic weight goal. Instead of taking into account genetic predisposition, body shape, and bone structure to determine an appropriate weight loss goal (as well as a realistic time frame to meet this goal), many people aim to get back down to the weight they were in their twenties or the number they were before they married or had kids. But this number may not be possible or even healthy for many people. The bottom line: If you aim for a weight that you have little chance of ever achieving, you'll most likely end up with feelings of failure and disappointment, which will result in an even poorer body image. Researchers have found that people who begin weight loss with unrealistically high expectations as well as those with an accepting attitude ("I'll be happy with minimal weight loss") lose the least amount of weight. The people who achieved the greatest loss were those who had moderate expectations. Through the course of time, civilisations have celebrated the energy of life in vibrant, jubilant ways. Festivals, traditions, rites of passage and rituals in honour of nature and creation are vivid examples of this luminous expression. Human cultures around the world have worshipped many different kinds of gods with riveting superpowers, some half human, half animal. Ancient Egyptian sun god Ra was often pictured in the form of a human body with the head of a falcon. It was said that Ra was born of the petals of a blue lotus, and that his tears were the source of all creation. Mesmerising portrayals of otherworldly Vedic Hindu deities such as four-headed Rudra accompany stories of the creation of the universe. In all ancient and indigenous cultures around the world sun gods, moon gods and all manner of nature gods have been cherished and revered. Worshipping nature was and will always be a way of expressing belief and gratitude in the miracle of nature. The idea of sublime energy has not only been a source of inspiration and comfort, it has drawn and continues to draw us human beings towards light and joy. The end is the start. The Ouroboros is symbolic of the whole process; a continual wheel of letting go and receiving. Attraction is to push away and receive. Your body replaces itself numerous times.