Music Monday Blog Party (June 18th to 20th, 2018): Symbolic Actions and Self-esteem

The more I write these “Music Monday Blog Party” posts, the more I feel this is very important!

I have pondered the power of symbolic actions a lot lately: You do something in real life that represents something to learn, to change or to empower in your soul or if you prefer subconscious.

Like having a celebratory cup of tea in honour of your achievements on a regular basis will tell your soul or subconscious:

I have achieved something. I am worth celebrating. I am worth it.

I believe that is an important part of raising one’s self-esteem.

What Emilia over at My Inner MishMash said the first time she took part proves that in a way:

“…and I agree with Bee that we do need to celebrate our lives, and that we – as people, but particularly in my opinion, we as people struggling with all kinds of mental illnesses, should think about celebrating more often – we think so often about how we hate our lives so that I feel like we often just forget to think about how much is there to celebrate…”

When we concentrate on the struggles with our life and mental health we give the negativity more power.

Therefore, I invite you to celebrate your life and your achievements with anything you feel you like to celebrate it with: put some extra make-up on, chose your favourite jumper, have an extra cup of tea, coffee, a glass of wine, sing a song… You’ll find something I am sure 🙂 .

Just allow this symbolic action to take root in your soul or subconscious and feel your self-esteem grow out of nowhere!

MusicMondayBlogParty

I also invite you to write a post about your celebration and to add a song that powers your self-esteem. Leave the link here and all can come and visit and I add a shout-out post to the mix. The suggestions on how to take part are as follows:

  • I invite you to celebrate your life and your work
  • Do it in any way you like: cup of extra nice coffee, bake a cake, dance, sing or even have a party
  • Write a post about it
  • Add a song either with a video or a link to the song that raises your self-esteem (add the lyrics if you want to)
  • Leave your link here in the comments and I visit and post a shout-out-post on “The Bee Writes…”
  • Party-End is Wednesday 20th of May 2018, 2.56 pm GMT (Time Converter)
  • Come on bloggers let’s party!

I can’t wait to celebrate with you!


Disclaimer:

I am not a health professional. My posts describe my thoughts, my experiences and my conclusions about life, mental health and self-improvement. My described actions always go alongside therapy and do not substitute professional advice by a health professional be it a doctor, therapist or counsellor. If you are diagnosed with low self-esteem and/or other mental health conditions please find professional guidance and support. 

UK:

Mind

NHS

USA:

MentalHealth.gov

Canada:

Government of Canada

 


A cup of tea is enough for me though 😉

…You may work in a field where you receive financial bonuses, status symbols-larger offices, bigger cars-or even plaques and trophies for superior achievement. All of those symbols can have an incredible impact on raising your self-esteem and causing you to feel terrific about yourself…

Brian Tracy on The Six Elements of Self-Esteem Building


Fellow Bloggers Wrote About Symbolic Actions and Self-Esteem:

Kronosapiens: Ritual Therapy


Reading Suggestion:

Psychomagic: The Transformative Power of Shamanic Psychotherapy
A Paperback edition by Alejandro Jodorowsky in English (18 Jun 2010)

 

A healing path using the power of dreams, theatre, poetry, and shamanism

Shows how psychological realizations can cause true transformation when manifested by concrete poetic acts

Includes many examples of the surreal but successful actions Jodorowsky has prescribed to those seeking his help

While living in Mexico, Alejandro Jodorowsky became familiar with the colourful and effective cures provided by folk healers. He realized that it is easier for the unconscious to understand the language of dreams than that of rationality. Illness can even be seen as a physical dream that reveals unresolved emotional and psychological problems.

Psychomagic presents the shamanic and genealogical principles Jodorowsky discovered to create a healing therapy that could use the powers of dreams, art, and theatre to empower individuals to heal wounds that in some cases had travelled through generations. The concrete and often surreal poetic actions Jodorowsky employs are part of an elaborate strategy intended to break apart the dysfunctional persona with whom the patient identifies in order to connect with a deeper self. That is when true transformation can manifest.

For a young man who complained that he lived only in his head and was unable to grab hold of reality and advance toward the financial autonomy he desired, Jodorowsky gave the prescription to paste two gold coins to the soles of his shoes so that all day he would be walking on gold. A judge whose vanity was ruling his every move was given the task of dressing like a tramp and begging outside one of the fashionable restaurants he loved to frequent while pulling glass doll eyes out of his pockets. The lesson for him was that if a tramp can fill his pockets with eyeballs, then they must be of no value, and thus the eyes of others should have no bearing on who you are and what you do. Taking his patients directly at their words, Jodorowsky takes the same elements associated with a negative emotional charge and recasts them in an action that will make them positive and enable them to pay the psychological debts hindering their lives.

The above link leads to the online bookshop Wordery

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