But first we need to understand what a mood is.
- It isn’t a feeling.
- It isn’t an emotion.
- And it isn’t something that just happens to you.
It’s based on your attitude to things going on around you.
Your attitude, in turn, is governed by your relationship to people, events, the world – as shown to you by Headmind. It is the atmosphere in which you live. It is the atmosphere you give off to others.
For example, if your relationship to the world is that of Victim, your relationship to the world is likely to be self-pitying or else aggressive (in a negative way). So your mood will either be depressive or hostile.
By contrast, if your relationship to the world is based on the idea that you can do anything you want (within reason) then your mood is likely to be sparkling and aggressive (in a positive way).
Attitudes trigger moods in a variety of ways:
- Suspicious (morose, surly mood)
- Hopeless (depressive mood)
- Self-sufficient (tranquil mood)
- Self-important (impatient mood)
- Manipulative (uncomfortable mood)
- Loving (peaceful, blissful mood)
- Nihilistic (despairing, suicidal mood)
It was said that the Buddha filled most of those who met him with a mood combined of tranquillity, kindness and awe. Similar reports apply to Christ.
Whatever your attitude to the world, to others, or to the things that happen to you, the rest of us can tell the kind of person you are, not only by the way you react to situations but by the vibe we pick up from you. One reason for that is that Bodymind not only tells us about other people through the emotions but also tells people about usthrough our moods.
If you prefer not to give away so much about yourself I will be telling you in the next post about how you can change both your attitudes and your (negative) moods.