Mental stillness is the only way to be prepared for the experiences of life and to embrace it as it unfolds.
Bipolar disorder makes this difficult. Too many emotional waves keep us from enjoying the experiences that each of us deserve while dealing with the challenges of the particular situation we happen to be witnessing at any moment.
Mental noise can be misunderstanding, thinking, remembering and anticipating, but like the incessant stream of traffic noise on the street, if any of this head noise is distorted, it may cause problems like bipolar disorder or panic disorder. Having both is a little bit like reacting all day and night to, a 24 hour period of false alarms.
The capacity to love and believe that we are valued as a person is often cited as the definition of mental health. I would add, the ability to relax, to the list, and that this is only possible with a daily practice of being quiet inside. Quiet in our hearts and in our minds.
A quiet mind is prepared for each moment. A loud mind is distracted, too eager to attach meaning to something that has none beyond what is occurring right then and there.
When the mind is too loud, we may misperceive what those who love us are saying. We cannot hear them clearly, and as a result cannot interpret accurately what is being said.
When we cannot focus our attention we cannot accomplish our goals when our heart is not at peace.
Panic attacks occur when we pay too much attention to what our body is doing, not what is actually occurring.
We react to these sensations as if they dictate how we feel.
Bipolar disorder is terrifying, with its roller coaster ups and downs. The sufferer is constantly trying to manage daily life, while the mind and the body send mixed signals back and forth to each other. Emotions are like rogue waves, they come out of nowhere and without warning roll us over and over, only allowing it to balance after the wave has passed.
Much like surfing, surfer must become comfortable, in the water before he or she is able to stand and ride. Surfing, in fact, is the quintessential sport for someone who has bipolar disorder. A wave ride is energizing and relaxing, but can appear to be too big. Once the surfer realizes he or she is okay, standing is natural he riding is smoother and easier.
Treating bipolar disorder and panic incorporates many things. Medication, good diet, rest, being with people we love and knowing that life can stir up some pretty big waves, we can choose to trust our natural abilities and instincts, and ride the wave..