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You are Never Alone

23 Jun You are Never Alone

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For anybody with a fast-moving frontal lobe, it’s easy to find yourself lost in your thoughts. Especially when nothing is immediately grabbing your attention (work, school, relationships), the brain is so used to being turned “on” that you cannot seem to locate the “off” switch. You look to friends and family to help you find what you seek, but that switch is hidden somewhere inside your blood, flesh, and organs, and searching for it is turning out to be more exhausting than any of your commitments. What’s a person to do to get a little R&R? (That’s rest and relaxation for the acronym-challenged).

Some people become workaholics, because their brains are so good at being ON. Others find temporary escape and comfort in the downers of alcohol, Xanax, or other nervous system depressants. While I, myself, enjoy a good cup of chamomile tea and the fifth or sixth video installment of Harry Potter, those things are not always at my disposal and I’m left shambling, wondering what could possibly bring some comfort while my brain goes from high function to a lower frequency.

Yoga is helpful to many. Music brings about a sweet symphony to eager ears. Dogs and animals and volunteer work have the power to bring about a soulful change. But, sometimes it’s hard to even get moving when your body is in a state of shock from having just been moving so much. Maybe you just lie down, close your eyes, and listen to some ocean waves crashing via Youtube.

Whatever it is you choose to do in times of angst, fear, or worry, knowing that your state of being is only temporary is probably the most sound piece of advice I can offer you. A close second would be that you are not alone, at all. Everything you feel and think has assuredly been felt or thought by somebody else, at some point in time, in some walk of life, in some other geographic location. The feelings that now plague your existence have arisen to teach you something. If you are not in the mood to think about what you are supposed to learn from the feelings, don’t worry about it right now. Take some time to zone out. Watch some TV. Eat, if you are hungry. Drink some water. Take a nap. Think happy thoughts and trust that you will feel better soon.

You are never alone.

Let’s Talk Transcendentalism,

Shawna Rodgers

My name is Shawna Marie Rodgers and I am a sprightly English major currently taking a break from higher education to pursue a life of simplicity. My physical body is 22-years of age, but I’ve always felt that it houses the soul of a 90-year old woman. A “Norcal” girl born and bred, I am an ever-curious student of life constantly seeking out information in any realm that interests me. The past two years of my life have been highlighted by a commitment to living a spiritual journey, which has been the biggest single influence in my writing. I revel at the opportunity to share my perspective with the word via Brightside. Since this is a music-based enterprise, I feel it pertinent to mention that my favorite artists are Van Morrison, Billy Joel, Macklemore, Ray La Montagne, and Ben Gibbard. That being said, I can also bust out a mean Eminem rhyme whilst going 40 in a 25. Feel free to email me at if you’d like to talk transcendentalism.