4 ways to overcome personal discouragement.

He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both right.

This article gives advice on “feeling more alive” as a means of overcoming personal discouragement. It covers some techniques which I wasn’t expecting, but have really enjoyed.

The strangest suggestion (or at least it was new to me) is this:

Bioenergetics

The idea behind Bioenergetics is that we all have blocks to our emotional expression and well-being. And they are revealed as chronic muscle tensions which are, most of the time, unconscious.

The blocks are dealt with using–massage, physical exercises (designed to make you feel deeper), affective expressions, and psychoanalytic principles. The founder of this therapy is Alexander Lowen. He was a disciple of Wilhelm Reich who was himself a disciple of Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis.

The whole idea is to bring the unconscious to consciousness, so it can be faced. Repression takes a lot of energy…valuable energy that could be used to transform your life and be the force that you were meant to be.

Bioenergetics puts emphasis on the importance of feeling grounded. “Standing on ones own two feet” takes on a metaphoric and literal sense in Bioenergetics. You literally have to feel your legs sustaining you.

Read the full article here.