Bipolar Disorder Help & Inspirational Stories:
I love when I find a good inspirational story to share with the Polar Warrior community. I was recently reading a book by one of my favorite authors (Ajhan Brahm) and came across a short story called “Half a Sheet of Paper.” It contains a valuable technique I felt worthy of sharing on the channel. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did. I always enjoy reading what you have to say in the comments!
TIMING IS IMPORTANT HERE: I live with Type 1, Rapid-Cycling Bipolar Disorder. The way I perceive and feel about things can drastically change when I’m symptomatic. I rely on techniques (like the one in this story) to help “ground me,” but I have to be very careful of my timing… I can remember a while back when I decided to make a “pros and cons” list for my romantic relationship. I wrote down all the pros and cons of staying with my partner. The problem was that I made this list when I wasn’t well and we were arguing. Some time went on and I found the list in a drawer when I was feeling better. I felt sad and disgusted with myself when I saw the things I wrote down. It was very obvious that I wasn’t well at the time and the way I felt had drastically changed. This made me realize the importance of TIMING when doing exercises like this. It could be very problematic if I refer to lists I made when I’m symptomatic. That being said, it’s best to participate in techniques like this when you are “stable” (not manic, depressed, or in a mixed-state).