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« The moods are the beating heart of our connection to the world Just because it's impalpable doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Just because it's subtle doesn't mean it doesn't hurt. Just because it's complicated doesn't mean it's impossible to understand. Just because the moods are all at once, and they evade us, does not mean that we will give up pursuing them. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« What is my mood? This is all I become aware of when I extract myself from my everyday automatisms, when I come out of the "act" and lets myself go to observe what is happening in me. The problem is to observe them: it moves all the time, a state of mind, and that's probably why we say "the" states of mind. We speak in English of stream of affects: current, stream of affects. The moods are the echo in me of what I am going through, or what I have experienced, or what I have not experienced but that I would have liked to live, or what I hope to live. It's also all that keeps spinning in my head after I think: it's good, stop, stop, don't think about it anymore. In short, moods are a whole world. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« According to a classic metaphor in humanistic psychotherapy, it is about being the chessboard rather than the pieces: not trying to play blacks against whites, positive versus negative. But understand that both are useful to us. And that, without both, there is no party, so no interest. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Instead of doing whatever it takes to go wrong, go out for an hour walking; if it doesn't work out, it can't be worse than continuing your ruminations... »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« If we do not understand our moods, we will be tossed up and abused by them. We will react, under their control, like children. Instead of being a wealth, they will be a hindrance; instead of helping us, they're going to confuse us. What we call maturity is based, much more than on our intellectual skills, on this emotional dimension, this ability to perceive and pacify our inner movements. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Okay, little human, your emotions will naturally make you afraid and sad, but you will be saved by your moods (if you work well on them...)! »
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« Life events and adverse situations induce more negative moods than their favourable counterparts induce positive moods: we get annoyed with the broken water heater, but we do not look forward to having our hot water every morning. Well, we should do it as an exercise in lucidity and happiness! Again, much work validates the existence of the phenomenon. »
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« Finally, negative moods push us to a rather slow, careful, careful, attentive, meticulous "procedural" in the jargon of scientists: step by step and step by step, as if walking on a minefield! They give us the impression that the time that passes is longer.41 While positive moods lead us to a rather fast, global and intuitive approach to the surrounding world, called "heuristic": we frolic psychologically. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Ruminer is "to focus, repeatedly, circularly, sterilely, on the causes, meanings and consequences of our problems, our situation, our state." The term brooding is also used in English: "smoldering." Indeed, in rumination, one remains inactive, sitting on its problems that one keeps warm, under oneself, by making them grow ... »
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« In general, ruminations are self-centered. And it's one of their many problems: they make it easier to lock ourselves in, and thus prevent us from benefiting or listening to the opinions and experiences of others, who could help us get out of it. The more you approach a problem by focusing on yourself ("always to me that it will happen, what will I become, no one can understand, no one can help me... ), the more massive the damage in terms of inducing negative states.85 Reflecting with the eyes and experience of others, asking them for help and advice, all this will lighten the emotional weight of thinking about our problems. Otherwise it's not about thinking! »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« And then, the exercise of introspection is like taking the time to tune your musical instrument, to play it better afterwards. How many of us take care to re-tune our souls regularly? »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Resentment in all its forms is closely linked to inability to be happy. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« We have to accept the possibility of drama, the proximity of the tragic in our lives. And to live in spite of this: it is wisdom. Instead of not living because of it: it's anxiety. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« To know one another is often to disappoint, of course. But that is no reason to devalue or run away. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Writing forces us to get out of the blur. It also cleanses up our illusions: at the time of the passage to writing, many ideas that seemed great to us as long as they were in our head turn out to be banal once lying on paper; many of the inspirations that seemed promising are mostly vague. The diary is often a beautiful antidote to intellectual laziness and the bloating of the ego: it forces us to work, to think. To be sorted too, because not everything is necessarily wonderful, in the great tumult of our moods. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« So in your diary, describe well what happened, before (and sometimes instead of) wanting to lay the causes to rest; why, it will be for later, when the emotional activation has subsided... »
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« To be among things and with people," and then "make all things a blessing." Our work on moods does not aspire to anything else. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« When we are anxious, the world is made up of only "missions to accomplish." So, living, simply, becomes a worry... »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« The solution to avoid pent-up anger (which is the worst), is not the unbridled anger, but the dialogue and explanation. After a time of decompression, a time-out, say the Americans, a time to go out, breathe, even go for a run. But especially no punching-ball session, or other maneuvers to hijack the hostility supposedly romp: they only aggravate resentment and prepare the return of anger. »
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« Madness of anger, wisdom of gentleness: some useful efforts. Delete anger and resentment? Hum... It seems more reasonable: 1) to consider that their occurrence is inevitable in any social life, unless they are very gifted or live outside the world, 2) that it is possible to learn to regulate them rather than hope not to feel them, 3) that the first skill in this matter is to accept to see that behind each of our resentments there is suffering , and 4) to want to suffer less... »
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« First of all, the effectiveness of writing cure underlines the obvious: to digest a painful experience, one must first recognize and accept it, to then be able to tell or write it... This is why denial and "emotional retention" have such a high cost in terms of damage to health, physical or moral. Then, the setting in words and narrative increases the coherence of events and moods that would otherwise have a taste of unfinished business. And the unfinished is psychotoxic, few of us are able to feel good with closed emotional files "untuged" (see the Zeigarnik effect we talked about earlier). Indeed, studies that compare talking, writing or simply thinking about painful life experiences clearly show that both writing and discussion do much better than solitary reflection. Why is "simple" thinking often so unsyered? Because it skids very quickly towards rumination! While it is much more difficult to ruminate in writing: the absurdity and toxicity of the mechanism would be obvious to us, while we tolerate it in our minds... »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Finally, according to some researchers, the reduction of fast sugars in the diet may promote the reduction of depressive symptoms. »
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« Living: suffering. Worried souls, sad hearts, prisons and resentment wear and tear. Despair. No more struggling, tirelessly learning to let the wave pass, like a swimmer not yet drowned. Accepting suffering, welcoming it, yes welcoming it, and observing it: there is always a relief exit somewhere. Hold on, hold on, breathe in your head, and above all keep your eyes open. Here it is, the exit... »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Pain spontaneously pushes us to cut ourselves off from the world and focus on ourselves, leaving even more room in our minds for suffering. And suffering gradually becomes a rumination of pain, a tireless return to it. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« A pain is always too much. And everything that avoids pain must be done, whenever possible: remove the pebble from the shoe, take an analgesic for toothache, morphine for metastases. Pain does not have to be borne if it can be resolved: attenuated or better, removed. The pain doesn't grow, it lowers. It does not enrich, it shrinks and impoverishes. It is an alienation from the world around us, it imprisons us within ourselves. Fighting pain consumes all our energy. We'd have better things to do. Pain demolishes, weakens rather than strengthens. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« The legendary story of the young prince Siddartha Gautama tells us how, escaping the gilded existence that was his in his father's palace, he discovered during four famous journeys the reality of the human condition, first meeting an elderly man (we will grow old), a sick (we will suffer), a dead (we will die), and then a monk (we can act). After a lifetime of adventure and reflection, the one who had in the meantime become a Buddha (a Sanskrit word meaning "awakened") stated his famous "Four Noble Truths": 1) suffering exists, 2) suffering can arise, 3) suffering can cease, 4) there is a path leading to the cessation of suffering. »
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« It's about tirelessly starting from what is, not what should be. Not "I shouldn't suffer so much, why, why?", but "this suffering is there. I have to accept that. Then, act to limit it, to dissolve it, to dissolve it in my life. But to do that I have to start living again and not get stuck on it." Looking around, and getting back on the move... »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Concerned about. I like the term: to be pre-busy is to have the mind already cluttered in advance, occupied by worries. As a result, there will be no room for what we have to live, no room for other states of mind, such as the happiness of everyday life. Or a limited, or contaminated, place, as Pessoa noted: In my heart reigns an anguished peace. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Adopting an interested and respectful attitude towards the concerns of our patients allows them too to adopt this attitude, without stiffness. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Come back to the real world and get rid of a number of illusions... Illusion 1: It is possible to control everything, giving yourself a little trouble. Reality: No, we can't control everything. Illusion 2: By doing it right, you should be able to avoid problems. Reality: No, problems are part of life. Illusion 3: Uncertainty can only lead to danger. Reality: No, a lot of uncertain things resolve themselves. »
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« Why are we so worried? Is this due to our long prey history? It is not that long since we took over the planet as an animal species. When it was not us who ate the other animals, but them (or a few of them) who fed on us, our ability to worry was then a guarantee of survival: being careful allowed to live longer, thus making more children, to whom we also learned to be careful. And the "not-enough-worried" disappeared; at least they did it happily... That's why, evolutionary psychologists say, there are so many anxiety skills in humans: we are descendants of ancestors who survived through anxiety. However, beyond our genes, there is our brain and our intelligence. We are able to anticipate in the long term, which has no doubt done great service to our species (think about stockpiling provisions, imagining where the enemies might end, etc.). But this function of anticipation, which originated in the desire to predict where trouble might have happened, contains in it the ability to skid in a suricipation: concern. This tipping phenomenon can be found in neuroimaging: different brain areas are called upon when we leave the simple anticipation (state of mind without too much emotional load, and with a feeling of possible control) to go towards worry and anxiety. Animals also anticipate, but in the shorter term, in relation to their immediate future, they remain in the "future of the present". Humans are capable of much more virtual time extensions: they can project themselves into the distant future. It is the phrase "what if...?", so characteristic of moods related to anxiety. What if it's the end of the world? What if no one loved me anymore? What if I lose my job? What if I miss my train? What if I arrived late for the movie screening? »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« In the anxious anticipation, we make a kind of conjugation error: we confuse the conditional with the future in good faith... »
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« We don't just make predictions, but we stick to them afterwards. The sequence has been well studied by cognitive psychotherapists: 1) we continually produce hypotheses on the possible future dangers, 2) we take the hypothesis for a certainty, 3) we react as if it were reality. In the body and brain of the anxious, there is no difference between thinking about a problem and having it. If I start to think about my death, little by little my body and my mind will react as if I were to die soon. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« So here is the holy trinity of the anxious: 1) the world is full of dangers and threats, 2) I am fragile, and those I love are fragile, 3) one can survive, or increase one's chances of survival, only if one takes all the appropriate precautions. Not doing so is unconsciousness. This perception of a dangerous world logically implies an extreme desire to avoid the slightest risk (it's like working in a bacteriology lab: you don't joke about hygiene157). Of course, the basics of this creed are not absurd and contain some truth, but only partly. And if they help with survival, they don't help quality of life. So we're going to have to modulate them: 1) it's true, the world is dangerous, but especially at certain times and places; there are others where we can feel safe, 2) it is true that we are fragile, and taking some precautions is not useless; but not to the point of taking all possible precautions, and living under a bell, 3) it is true that being careful increases our chances of survival; however, there is no need to turn this into an obsession that would then alter our quality of life, making us survive for a long time, but locked in the cage of hyperprotection. »
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« It is an anxious banker who calls his partner: "Hello? Well, here's the news of our business: it's simple, it's a disaster! I don't have time to talk to you about it right now. Start worrying, I'm coming... »
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« Just understand that we're not all-powerful. That disorder and uncertainty are inherent in the living and mobile world to which we belong. That if we don't learn to tolerate them, we're going to have a strangely tiring existence. »
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« I have good news: the carefree world you dream of exists. And a bad one: it's called paradise and it's not for now. In the meantime, we will try to settle with this world, which is called Life... »
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« It's still better to increase your tolerance for uncertainty! How do I train? For example, by stopping overprotecting, over-planning. You can go with your spouse on the weekend without planning where you would go to sleep. Or organize an evening with friends without having prepared the meal in advance. Or let your spouse do the shopping for us (if we usually do them). Of course, it might not be as good as if we had locked everything as usual. So what? Is it that bad? Aren't we training ourselves to endure uncertainty and imperfection? How can we bear them if you never confront them? »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Learning to accept problems Under the influence of anxiety, one would almost come to consider that it is not normal that they exist! That they are necessarily proof of incompetence (of oneself or others) or of an anomaly. Hence a negative attitude and an anxious perfectionism: the more I am subjected to negative moods, the more I will perceive any problem as a threat and not as a demand, a more or less normal difficulty, at least to solve. The very existence of the problem is considered abnormal. No doubt due to a certain pessimism and doubts in the ability to regulate it (failing self-esteem is obviously a source of anxious moods). But the trouble is that then the concern is centered on the problem (because we say that it is not normal, we do not accept it), not on the solution (because to access the search for solution, you must have accepted the problem and its existence). What patients who have been able to make progress recognize: "Rumination is not a solution," "I was always concerned, but not always effective," "I thought about problems all the time, but badly." »
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« To really admit that adversity exists. And give him a place in our lives. Accept that problems exist, and consider them only for what they are: problems to be solved, not unacceptable and threatening tragedies. A flat tire, a failed vacation, a child repeating: these are problems of being alive and active, not dramas. I remember one day, on a trip, hearing an airplane pilot offer a little philosophy class to his passengers during an hour-long delay: "Hello ladies and gentlemen, it's your captain talking to you. The delay is due to the previous aircraft which had problems and we had to change. Apologies for this hour's delay. But it is better to be an hour late in this world than an hour in advance in the other... Accepting problems, adversity, is accepting - and preferring - life. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Take the time to look your fears in the face If I fear what seems to me to be a disaster, it is sometimes useful, rather than trying to reassure myself ("But no, it's not going to happen"), to accept the eventuality ("OK, it can happen"), and then consider the consequences. It is also useful to ask what the scope will be in a few months or years of what we are so concerned about today. All this is the same approach: at some point (not all the time!) no longer seek to reason or reassure yourself, but to say: "OK, and if it happens, what happens, and what do you do?" And force yourself to stay focused on this issue, instead of running away from it (thinking of something else) or denying it (saying "but not"). Exercise is obviously more difficult with great adversity: death or illness. But the approach will remain the same: face and face face. Until I have sincerely, deeply accepted the following ideas (phrases that my patients use for themselves): "Death is part of life," "Life is a deadly disease," "I can die," "People I love can die," "And that's why I'm going to work to live happily!" Since we will die (for sure) and suffer (it is likely), is it not best to follow the advice of the comedian Pierre Desproges: "Let's live happily while waiting for death"? But for that she must stop obsessing and anguishing us. »
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« Depressive thinking and, to a lesser extent, sad thinking are like abusive words that are constantly held about oneself and the world. Like a constant murmur that we no longer listen to but which we welcome unconsciously, and which slowly saddens us, worries us, devalues us. One of the most important efforts not to be completely trapped is to pay close attention to words: for example, by defining exactly what they mean. In therapy, if a patient says she doesn't feel up to her work, or as a mother, the therapist will say: "You tell me you feel like a bad mother. I don't know personally, but I'd like you to make it clear: what's a bad mother? What's she doing? What's she not doing? So what applies to you? The idea is to stop passing down biased judgments disguised as neutral statements. And to always bring the patient back from the general judgment to the precise facts. So that little by little the patient becomes vigilant with herself: "I feel bad mother when my children cry at night and have anxieties. But I'm not a bad mother: just, right now, I'm less available to them, and they feel it. That is the problem, and that is what I need to deal with. Instead of harassing me and judging me negatively. »
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« Thus, a manned effort is more pleasant and effective than a meaningless effort. This is the story of stonemasons, which is often attributed to Charles Péguy: in the Middle Ages, three men broke stones. The first one looks unhappy and replies to the passer-by who asks him: "I can do nothing but this hard job." The second looks indifferent, and says, "I do my job to feed my family." The third smiled, replying: "I am involved in the construction of a cathedral." If our modern studies are true, he must have lived a little older and a little happier than his colleagues... »
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« There is also all the relational damage: the negativism that fills the void, the annoyances that cause conflict, the resentment that prevents forgiveness and which absurdly breaks ties. Not to mention his complication, his overinfection sooner or later by states of guilt, sadness of having made another human suffer, of having added to the misfortune of the world... »
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« Let us assume our bitterness, turn them into disappointments, into sorrows. Let us walk, chatting with Cioran, in the street of Bitterness, to make us place of Disappointment, and then end in the garden of Sadness. There, it will get better: we can begin to really understand what is happening to us, and move on: take the passage of Acceptance, walk along Avenue de l'Action... »
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« In the children's cartoon Kirikou there is a wicked witch, who is discovered to be evil precisely because she has - for so long that she herself has forgotten - a huge thorn in her back: everything changes when the hero, the young Kirikou, removes her... »
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« Emotional draining and catharsis, it doesn't work... »
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« In his book From Anger, the Stoic philosopher Seneca responds to the objection: "But against the enemies, it is said, anger is necessary." It is never less so: in war, movements must not be disrupted, but ordered and docile. [...] The gladiator also protects him, it is the anger that exposes him. We always act better soothed than angry. »
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« Deciding to be slow to anger and not hate anyone. By exploring the twists and brains of our unconscious motivations, modern psychology has come to greatly underestimate the importance of our conscious decisions in the processes of change. But it is possible to decide to leave less and less room for anger and resentment in one's life. In any case, what is possible is to decide to work on it. Knowing that, as in all struggles against habits, there will be many relapses and returns of resentment: we must accept that it comes back regularly without considering it as proof that it is impossible, but simply that these returns are part of the process of change. In France, and more generally in Latin countries, efforts to deal with anger are hardly emphasized, and there are more books devoted more or less directly to the praise of anger or the right to anger, than textbooks explaining how to control it. In other countries, anger is taken more seriously: in the United States, for example, but also in many other places, there are specialized health centres and websites dedicated to angry people who want to be. »
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« Do not forget his happiness and his inner balance. At some point in my resentments, ask me sincerely, "Do I want to continue like this? Do I feel good about these moods? There is a total incompatibility of the states of anger and those of happiness. This is the most radical incompatibility in the subtle alliances of moods: one can be happy despite one's sadness, or in spite of one's concern. But not happy and upset. Anger systematically disturbs harmony and connection to the world. To live happily (or nearly), it is essential to develop an aversion to anger and resentment. It is essential to feel more and more anger as a suffering: it is uncomfortable, but it is a progress... »
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« Remember that there is no useful resentment. Gradually, learn not to tolerate them in themselves. For example, anger because you've lost your way on a vacation hike, or when you're going to dinner with friends. Start by trying to smile instead of getting angry. To do this, plan and anticipate the coming of the annoyance. To say: "This is typically the kind of situation where, in the event of a small incident, I get angry quickly. I'm calming down in advance now. I immediately assess whether or not it is worth getting upset about. I immediately accept this: losing myself is a normal life event. It is true that now, with GPS, we will no longer be able to use these small incidents as a means of strengthening our patience and wisdom. But, suddenly, we will be even more helpless on the day of the GPS failure ... »
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« Getting rid of myths: there are no "righteous angers," and not all resentments are legitimate Attention to anger myths: no anger is good. In any case, if one aspires to the inner balance, it can only be tolerated as a wake-up call in the face of a possible problem. Then you have to put it on a leash before you act. Aristotle said, "She must serve us not as a leader, but as a soldier." The action is good; Anger-inspired action can be; but very rarely the action under his control. It's not just being weak that you're calm and refusing anger. The great leaders of non-violence, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama, were not - or are - weak. Let us be careful not to overvalue the "righteous angers", anger is above all a great destroyer of social connection. Too often we celebrate the benefits of anger over its enormous damage. This celebration means that the strong and powerful too often allow themselves to get angry, do not slow down its hatching enough, do not make enough effort to dialogue otherwise. And the weak are angry at not being able to do like the strong... Anger gives an energy, certainly, but toxic, polluting, expensive. It overflows and skids almost always. It inflicts wounds that cause new resentments, seeds of anger and future conflicts. »
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« Forgiveness is a fundamental issue for any society composed of social animals, such as us humans: as suffering, offenses and violence are pervasive, whether voluntary or not, the processes of forgiveness are essential to the survival of the species, which will otherwise be permanently torn apart. This is why monkeys are first known as post-conflict reconciliation rituals. The ability to pardon, so important to avoid endless and costly reprisals, is probably more than thirty million years old. It is a shared heritage of the order of primates, common to great apes and humans. »
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« Never trivialize anger and resentment. After a conflict or a rise of anger, even deaf and mute, even unspoken, do not immediately move on: it would be the best way to let hostile moods live and last, and to encourage their return. If there was anger, then it was that there was something important or serious, objectively or subjectively. Or that I'm not well right now. All of this is worth a little thought. So I land, calm my body, and I think. I wonder what happened to get me into this state. And if I could have done it differently. Just ask me the question and really make the effort to answer it. I wonder how I can get closer to what is important to me (to be listened to, to be respected ...) without having to host all this resentment ... »
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« Do not forget the sadness or fear behind our angering moods. For us, it is a question of listening well, below resentment, to the small voice of our original states of mind. Often, anger is a so-called secondary emotion, which obscures a fear or sadness that is in fact the cause of our suffering. The mother who saw her child pass through without looking and who scolds him before taking him in her arms, relieved: she felt anger when fear was her first reflex. The same goes for our grudge when we are shown our contradictions and mistakes: at first there is the disappointment - sadness and disillusionment - of having made a mistake. And then, of course, alongside sadness and fear as sources of anger, worries and what is now called stress. »
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« We must realize that resentment imprisons and alienates us: under its control, we lose time of happy or light life, devoting too much of our energy and our thoughts to rehashing ideas of vengeance, to desire punishment. An American psychologist who has worked on this theme, Steven Hayes, proposes to see resentment as a hook on which one is like two maggots to suffer and to giggle. The first skewered maggot is us; the second is the person who offended us. As long as we have hate in us, it's like we're holding ourselves on the hook. But the only way to get us is to first pick up the other, in other words to forgive him, so that we can in turn free us (because the other is on the way out of the hook, the fishermen will understand...). »
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« In this regard, it should be noted that justice exists (social regulation) so that forgiveness (intra- and interpersonal regulation) can exist. Without justice, forgiveness would sometimes be careless. »
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« Forgiving is not apologizing, amnesty or absolving: in forgiveness, one does not deny fault or offence, but one decides to no longer want to avenge it. Nor does it imply relativizing aggression in order to be able to forgive. Nor to have to reconcile: forgiveness can be a private decision, not expressed to an offender who may be decided never to see again. Nor to wish to receive an apology: if these are often beneficial, one can and must decide to forgive first for oneself, in order to free oneself from hatred. Finally, forgiveness is not amnesia or oblivion: we do not forget what happened. »
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« Awareness of the cost of resentment and regular practice of forgiveness: a good alloy to withstand the corrosions of everyday life. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Moreover, it is not only to repel resentment that is interesting, it is to create in us a psychological atmosphere that makes it rare. For example, by adrousing a discipline of empathy, even compassion, always seeking to understand the point of view of others. Be benevolent at first sight, and always have the concern to never forget or lose sight of the possible good side of things and people. Not just as a trick, but as a principle of life. It is not only tolerance that we must aim for, but benevolence. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Doctors know that certain fatigues are the sadness of the body, or depressions in which the body speaks: "The opposite of depression is not happiness or joy: it is vitality... »
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« Sadness because the world is sad? The sadness would then be due to the loss of our positive illusions, which Cioran calls our "warm mistakes". We are certainly mistaken in seeing things more beautiful than they are, but it warms our hearts and helps us to live. These errors do exist, many studies have confirmed that psychological well-being feeds on a number of positive distortions of reality: there is a relative "depressive lucidity" - in fact, a lucidity of sadness, because we will see that, in depressive illness, judgment is obscured on the contrary - which often leads to a better evaluation of things as they are. As Paul Valéry remarked: "Seeing clear is seeing black." But these mistakes protect us from the sadness and despair that could give rise to in us the deep contemplation of the world as it is. They make us believe that life is beautiful, the world welcoming, and happiness easy. And all the better, because it gives us the courage to act and paradoxically allows us to realize in part this desire that the world is beautiful and good, and to make that these optimistic prophecies come true. Believing is about changing the world. But efforts must not stop, nor should the illusion cease. Because then the veil is torn. »
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« Lucidity: accept your fragility but look further than she does. Put your body in a good mood: help him find calm and energy. Pacify your moods: hold your mind like a sail in the wind. And don't forget that you live in a strange world: think about changing it, too. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Another classic strategy is the reallocation of responsibilities. Thus, the young mother above blames herself for her children's poor grades at school ("bad mother"). It is important to help her share these responsibilities: without running away from them, but above all, that she only take her share of the cake! We draw with her a large circle representing a pie, in which she has to cut shares: instead of taking everything for herself, we discuss to see what would also be her husband's share of these poor academic results, the share of his children themselves (after all!), that of the teachers eventually, that of society (which encourages less work) , that of the babysitter if necessary. Not to transfer excessive accusations to others, but to relieve the burden of unnecessary responsibilities because imaginary, and to show that if there are several sources to the problem, then there are also several types of possible actions, and more concrete than "becoming a good mother" is obviously a program as intimidating as it is unclear! »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« To desire to remain calm in a conflict requires placing one's well-being and respect for others above the defence of one's interests; Wishing not to make yourself sick of anxiety about a late job means placing one's health at least as high as one's professional success; choosing a happy life requires a number of renunciations of other forms of satisfaction (financial or narcissistic), which will give pleasure but no happiness. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« In general, this underestimation of the emotional benefit of the situations we encounter is a classic in social psychology: we overestimate our stability and impermeability to the environment, and we see ourselves much more unflappable than we are! In reality we are disturbing, immensely: we can know and accept it... »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Only sadness freezes. Psychiatrists talk about the sadness of a "loss of vital momentum." And according to evolutionary psychologists, it is its natural function: to encourage us to be immobility and slow down when we have been injured or bereaved, to help us repair ourselves and rebuild ourselves. But the natural mechanism often goes wrong. That is why there are more dangerous sorrows than others. There are sorrows that enrich us and others that amputate us. Oddly enough, sadness can enlarge or retract us depending on its intensity. To a mild degree, it connects us to the world, but in a painful way, making us hyperempathic and hypersensitive, very receptive to the misfortune of others. But beyond that, when we approach depressive sorrows, it is the retraction that awaits us: feeling helpless first, then indifference, then despair. »
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« It is also important to reintroduce the notion of continuum into depressive thinking, using the "graduated rule" technique. This is to avoid all or nothing vision, this distortion called "dichotomy reasoning." She is at work as soon as we find ourselves tormented by moods with snippets of thought such as: "It's a disaster," "It's my fault," "I'm not able to do this job, I'm never going to do it." The therapist then resumes: "What is a disaster? And in this case, here, what is the degree of this "disaster" from 0 to 100? Many of our thoughts expressed under the influence of a negative state of mind are in fact radical judgments, and without nuances. So, in the face of a difficulty, you won't say, "It's a difficulty and I'm having a hard time getting there," but rather: "It's completely unfeasible this thing," "I suck," "I'm never going to make it," "It's always the same," and other pseudo-certainties. Reintroducing the sense of nuance is therefore crucial... »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« In psychopharmacology, there is a cruel laboratory experiment: to test the possible antidepressant efficacy of a new molecule, mice are placed in a jar filled with water, deep and with smooth walls, where they cannot cling, and must therefore swim tirelessly so as not to drown. It's called the "forced swimming test." A molecule is considered interesting if it allows the treated mouse to swim longer than non-medicated mice: after a while, the latter, exhausted and demoralized, stop swimming. Antidepressants, on the other hand, significantly prolong swimming time, i.e. time to combat despair and discouragement. We will see later that when we feel exhausted from fighting, letting ourselves sink into depression is like a refuge... »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« In his Portrait of Don Juan, Marcel Jouhandeau noted: "There may not be suicide per se: you kill yourself only because you are so far away from yourself that you do not recognize yourself: you aim for a ghost, a puppet, a caricature whose promiscuity embarrasses or dishonors you." To which Montherlant added, "We commit suicide out of respect for life, when your life has ceased to be worthy of you." »
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« The mechanisms of social mimicry work for all of our behaviours, including suicide. It is not a modern phenomenon: Goethe wrote in 1787 the novel that made him famous, The Sufferings of the Young Werther, whose hero commits suicide because the woman he loves married another man. The novel was a huge success and apparently triggered a wave of mimic suicides in Europe at the time. We do not have the figures of the time, but this phenomenon has been studied today and confirmed. When a star commits suicide, it of course influences the frail, suffering from pre-existing psychological difficulties but also the general public, significantly increasing the number of suicidal acts in the following period. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Please stay there. We need you down here, need poets who serve no purpose. Need sensitive people in what is sometimes called "a world of brutes". Imagine a world without poets, where there would be only brawlers, winners, bankers. Imagine a world where the only plants left would be thousands of square kilometers of tomatoes growing above ground under plastic sheeting, or plants like that. Well, the poet, it is like the forgotten waste of wasteland where wild herbs and wildflowers grow. We'll meet again in September. Friendly. »
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« Depression as disconnection and withdrawal from the world... "When you give up, you don't suffer. When you surrender, even to sadness, you don't suffer anymore," Said Saint-Exupéry. When one is exhausted from living, renunciation could initially, and from the outside, appear as a refuge. But in order not to suffer, we give up living. One resigns ourselves to a life without flavor for not being able to live it without pain. Alas, this does not work, and suffering persists. Of course, as we stop fighting, we feel a relief, at least transient. We give up, we will no longer make efforts, we surrender to the disease. But soon come the ruminations on the theme "I fell very low". Gradually, other sufferings take hold: no more those of failure, of mourning, of loss. But those of self-contemplation in impotence; the breakdown of the social bond, because depression is loneliness or misunderstanding; even the most understanding or informed relatives will always tend to expect more from us, to say, "He (or she) needs to make a little more effort." And then the other risk is that of our slow disconnection from the world. While the sadness and associated moods are initially like a kind of hypersensitivity to the surrounding world, in its dark aspects, depressive illness alters, beyond a certain stage, emotional reactivity. It has long been thought that it increases the ability to feel negative moods and decreases the ability to feel positive moods. In reality, the first proposal is to be corrected, to refine, and probably only concerns the beginner or minor forms of depression. Once depression has become more intense, there is an overall bluntness of the ability to feel all forms of moods, positive or negative. What really makes sense: depression, in its sickly form, is a step back to save yourself and protect yourself from the things of life, which we can no longer cope with. Its only virtue, in the first place, is that it can have an analgesic effect, freeing us from the pain of having to face it. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Be careful not to amplify his resentment by raising his head with relatives. Often, when you are irritated, you will confide in loved ones: it is to tell them our side of the story. As they love us, they will often accept it and thus validate it. And this support can actually calm me down, and then make me take a step back: this sip of affection and esteem lifts my spirits and, soothing my sadness, soothes my resentment. But this favourable listening can also lead to its consolidation. From my truncated version, my loved ones "believe" me too much and risk sinking me a little deeper into a distorted view of things: "I'm right and the other is wrong. And it's not just me who says it: my friends think so too. So how can we not continue to feel resentment? Work has been carried out, which confirms the phenomenon of what is then called "corumination": one reshashes with friends, friendship comes out improved, but not lucidity; it is mainly women who seem to resort to these coruminations, or at least, they recognize it, more easily... »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Not clarifying a worrying state of mind is a bit like not hanging up your phone after a communication: the line will then be busy and unavailable for other calls... »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Pay attention to hidden obligations. As we have seen with regard to the states of resentment, we are always inhabited by subconscious beliefs belonging to one of the three families: "I should... "The others should... "The world should... Among the saddening beliefs (there are schools, worrying ones...), there is for example in the "I should": "Always be well, always succeed in what I undertake, always know how to react and solve problems... In the "Others should for me": "to be faithful, not to forget me, to be righteous, to respect me, to listen to me, to understand me... And in the "The World Should": "be just, coherent, gentle... These beliefs are legitimate and represent ideals for most humans. But the inability to endure that sometimes these ideals are not achieved can cause suffering in us, without us being clearly aware of it: even if we consciously know that the world is not like in our dreams, we dream of it unconsciously. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Action is an antidepressant You better move when you are sad or depressed. Not just to "shake" as our entourage urges us to do. But because all these little everyday gestures (walking, tidying, cooking, taking care of your body, your environment, exposing yourself to light, social contacts...) are antidepressants. Homeopathic dose but with a real effect. Above all, inaction has a highly toxic, tangible and rapid effect. So, even if the direct effect of the action is diluted, light, delayed, at least the action allows to occupy the place of inaction, this poison! Not easy if you are depressed: while you no longer love this life, that sometimes it disgusts you, forcing yourself to act, it's a bit like swimming in a water full of algae. Hold, valiantly: we will eventually reach the clear water... »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Brainstorming also There is beginning to be work on so-called "cognitive remediation," a kind of gym-brain for people with depressive tendencies. It has also been shown that being confronted with varied and changing ideas leads to positive, moral and energy moods are increased: this is achieved in the laboratory by making you quickly read successions of sentences expressing different ideas, inducing an acceleration of thought (tachypsychia). And this can be achieved in real life by participating in interesting discussions, listening to speakers who are fluent in their subject, smart radio or TV shows, etc. The brainstorming is good for morale... »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Beware of bad habits that one does not realize "The big cockroach extinguishes the mind," Cioran said. And vigilance. In general, sadness pushes us to do what will feed it: rumination, withdrawal, deprivation of what can distract us or make us happy... If we want to fight, we must recognize this tendency as a symptom of sadness and not as a legitimate need. Especially don't wait for the desire to act. And do not expect pleasure from these acts at first forced. In short: agree to act without wanting to, and without taking immediate benefits. We understand how hard it is! But it's an effective way to reboot the wellness pump. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Happiness is the only profound and lasting antidote to sadness. Or rather than an antidote, which would imply neutralizing or suppressing sadness, which is neither possible nor desirable over time, happiness allows to deal with it an alloy, like two metals that rub shoulders and give an original compound and superior to the two metals that spawned it (so bronze, copper and tin alloy). For example, the sadness and happiness of being parents: the sadness of seeing her grow up, and one day her children leave, is very real; some parents, for that matter, are not recovering well. Often, as a parent, you will feel this sadness even before the departure situation arrives. But if it is accepted and understood, it can also open its eyes and push to enjoy more intelligently the happiness of the presence of its children. To free up more time spent with them now. Their departure, one day, is virtual, even if it is certain; it is not the reality of the moment. The happiness of having them with you is real, and it is the full reality of the moment. This happiness of savoring a presence is thus made stronger by its passage in the bath of sadness, as in the past the photo films in the bath of the revealer ... »
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« Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis describes her own fragility in this way: "Since my childhood, I have lacked an emotional epidermis. It's good for my work as a writer - I feel very strong - but bad for my daily balance. Later in the interview, Lewis said, "Even if there was evidence that antidepressants affect my creativity, I would prefer to continue them. When you've been a zombie for months, getting back to writing because of them is a miracle. And being able to write is even more important to me than the quality of what I can write... She knows what she is talking about, she who had to suffer from very severe depressive episodes. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Looking at the Statistics of the California Police, it was found that of the five hundred and fifteen people who had been prevented from jumping from a famous bridge (the Golden Gate in San Francisco) between 1937 and 1971, only 6% had subsequently ended up committing suicide: this had been verified later by the studies of their death certificates. And even if we included the deaths reported by accident, assuming that it could have been suicides in disguise, we found no more than 10% of the desperate elders who had disappeared from violent death. This is certainly more than in the general population, but it simply means that 90% of those who had been arrested at the last moment, when they were about to jump, had finally regained the desire to live! Or at least by losing the one to die... »
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« The "strong" believe that the sensitive are weak, and they are surprised when they discover that they do not: they just try to be quiet, but also know how to go to the front with a vigor all the more effective as it is unexpected... Other characteristics of all kinds have been described in hypersensitive people: their conscientiousness, their ability to concentrate (in the absence of external distractions), their ability to detect minor differences, their empathy, their ability to remain immobile for a long time, their strong responsiveness to caffeine, and also the greater frequency in them of allergies and hay fevers, etc. This accumulation of details argues in favor of probable biological and cerebral specificities, explaining hypersensitivity. But the hypersensitive have above all a very rich inner life, intense imaginary worlds, since childhood. They need quiet moments more than others to reconnect with themselves, otherwise they experience a sense of alienation and rapid exhaustion. They find it difficult to support themselves constantly in group situations, and the need to regularly stand aside: during family holidays, they aspire to meet regularly alone to go for a walk, or read quietly in their corner. Hence the frequency in their ranks of artists and poets, who are pretty much all hypersensitive. This sometimes leads some to the point of mental illness. For there is also a dark side to hypersensitivity: anxiety and depressive over-risk. »
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« There is indeed an influence of the moments of the day on our moods. In a study where volunteers were asked to regularly record for several days their calm and energy levels at different times of the day394, we noticed that the same personal problem (couple worries, difficulty losing weight ...) was assessed as more severe in the afternoon than in the morning. What for? Because in general, at the end of the morning, our level of calm and energy is optimum. However, at the end of the day, we have more accumulated tension (less calm), and also less energy (fatigue starts to be felt). In the same study, considering one's problem after a 10-minute brisk walk made it, again, to be less difficult to solve. In both cases, it was found that these favourable changes in judgment corresponded (which participants were not aware of) to higher levels of energy and calm. »
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« In subjects without particular problems, there is a direct correlation between the number of walking steps taken each day and the feeling of energy and good humour. About ten minutes of brisk walking is enough to elevate our well-being, and the effect lasts about ninety minutes. More finely, it seems that exercise increases positive moods and normalizes them, and also decreases, less markedly, negative moods. Perhaps this is why the benefits of walking do not appear clearly to us: when we go wrong (negative states of mind), our expectation is that negative moods decrease markedly and rapidly. This is what we are attentive to, more than to the increase of our positive moods, less easy to perceive, because more subtle. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« One of my favourite writers, Joseph Delteil, published a short book called Paleolithic Cuisine in 1964, almost fifty years ago. It was the era of emerging materialism and confidence in its ability to create a better tomorrow. Delteil, a little grandpa with a keen eye and an old velvet jacket, who lived happily almost Montpellier, wrote, surprisingly prophetic: "Modern civilization is the enemy. This is the age of caricature, the triumph of artifice. An attempt to replace the man in the flesh with the robot man. Everything is adulterated, polluted, rigged, all nature distorted. Look at these metallurgical landscapes, the atmosphere of corrupt cities (the coloured lungs of Louvre), the air and their birds stuffed with insecticides, fish poisoned to the bottom of the oceans by nuclear waste, everywhere the lifting of carcinogens, the mind-blowing speed, the infernal tintamarre, the great panic of nerves, hearts, souls, chain, chain I tell you... such is industrial life, atomic life. The great crime of modern man! yes this is just a cry: Fire! To the madman! To the murderer! Another of my favorite authors, Louis-René Des Forêts, wrote: "The overabundance has nothing to do with fertility. Nothing to add. »
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« Of course we have to do and act in our lives. But are we well aware of all those moments when doing is running away? Of those moments when we embark on actions not to build but to avoid experiencing? »
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« In an interesting 19-year follow-up study of about twelve thousand people, it was shown that the more someone expressed materialistic values and objectives at some point, the more, when assessing what had become of their life some twenty years later, there was damage in terms of quality of privacy and feelings of happiness. »
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« Materialistic disease. The psychological impact of these powerful mechanisms is discreet, because progressive, but palpable: basically, we are gradually transformed into impulsive fools. We could call this disease of civilization that strikes us the disease PAZAS: resulting plethoritis zappogen self-centered and stressful. Here we are: obese with goods, foods, objects; diminished in our lucidity and freedom; tempted to move on as soon as a problem arises - go see if I have an email, or if there is something to eat, or do some shopping to change my mind; focused on us - "I'm worth it," "I should never wait or do nothing," "I'm great, since the hosts and politicians tell me on TV"; and, finally, stressed, unhappy, frustrated, dependent, no longer understanding anything to ourselves. And going back into the wrong answers that the merchants tend to us: consuming to heal us... We must realize that the profusion around us is debilitating: it diminishes our intellectual and emotional capacities. It channels our energies into the useless and the sterile. Shopping, which is often the favorite distraction of many people, does not enrich us in terms of personal development, to say the least. On the contrary. For example, spending a lot of time looking for the "good deal" and the "best price" is nothing more than a loss of energy for later, more important decisions. This profusion of objects, activities, possibilities, which resembles a wealth, can in fact lead to a deconstruction of our mental capacities, by overstimulation, dispersal and theft of attention. Materialism prevents us from practising states of concentration, reflection, internalization: by zapping (multiple and effortless choices), by access to activities with zero internal involvement (video games, continuous streaming music). We are subjected to constant thefts of our attention: pubs in public places and during TV shows, interruptions by emails, phones, SMS. The ad makes us believe that these are links, to sell us machines to supposedly create a link. But, at some point, they are vacuum chains, cell phone conversations in public places show it. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« If you feel like you're running out of time, it's not only that you're doing it wrong (which is possible), but maybe you actually have too much to do! We need to understand that one of the most powerful factors of well-being is the feeling of having time in front of you, to do what you like to do, or to do nothing at all. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« An example of this invisible pollution: the proliferation of plans on television. The speed of the images, the multiplication of the plans follow a market logic (keep the viewers captive to preserve the audience, i.e. the income related to advertising). There is a word - zapping - to describe what the channels fear, but no word for this multiplication of planes - fragmenting-stupidizing? This is all the more pernicious, because not naming evil is risking not recognizing it. On the way out, an unnecessary simplification of thought, and impoverishment; not that the long and complex are always richer, but they are sometimes necessary. And, again and again, this dirty habit of not fixing our thinking, of not muscle our concentration. To become psychic unstable, agitated jar, handicapped introspection and reflection (a little bit) thorough. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« You're going to keep going now. Now you've understood and accepted that your life is going on here, right now. That you must love yourself, that you can love others, and be loved by them, without trembling or holding on to you. That happiness is tragic, intermittent and indispensable. That sometimes you can be wise and sometimes you can't. You can go. Quiet. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« An inefficient and costly way to take care of yourself: filling our brains with emptiness, our stomachs with dirt and our cabinets of uselessness, to compensate for the fluctuations of our moods. But why does it work so well? This is the genius of marketing and advertising: these jobs attract brilliant people, who are paid very well, much better for example than teachers, whose work is infinitely more useful. But it also works because these messages ("Don't worry, buy this") nestle in our psychological needs of "philtres of oblivion": life is often hard, sometimes forgetting it makes us feel good. But not wanting to see it, that it is hard, puts us in moral danger, while accepting it to face it differently can save our souls. »
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« Ease, speed, dispersion, opulence block in us the experiences of slowness and reflection, even painful: they hinder our sense of identity, perhaps illusory but precious, our capacity to reflect on ourselves and regulate our states of mind. It is then the great dismay: our moods are scattered, disoriented, superficial, dissatisfied, dependent on all the merchant distractors of our environments. It is not a wealth but a pollution, an invasion of our minds, and not just our consumer behavior. It's similar to what happens to plastics or pesticides: it builds up slowly in us. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Gavés but cared for in real foods. Working more: to see less of your children, your spouse, your friends? Earning more: to buy things you don't need? Putting music everywhere: to forget definitively what silence is? In all plethora diseases, there are hidden deficiencies: for example, obese people are often fondled with fat-soluble vitamins, folate, zinc. Our souls are caressed too, while they feel nourished and stimulated. Materialistic lifestyles cause a diversion of the basic foods we need. You don't have to be hypersensitive to need silence, calm and reflection: all humans need it. Yet today, finding silence must be a deliberate choice, a decision to be made and above all to impose in our daily lives. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Materialism takes us away from what makes us our identity and our humanity: the alarm was raised by poets a long time ago. But you never listen to poets. Stefan Zweig wrote of Rilke: "It seems wonderful to me that we had such poets before the eyes of our youth. But I wonder with a secret concern: will souls so totally devoted to lyrical art be possible in our time, with the new conditions of our existence, which tear men from all reverence and throw them out of themselves in a murderous fury, like a forest fire drives the animals from their deep retreats? Or our dear Thoreau, who went to live a year in the woods in Walden: "I think that our mind can be constantly desecrated by regularly attending trivial things, so that all our thoughts will be tinged with vulgarity. And also: "Once man has obtained the indispensable, there is an alternative other than that of obtaining superfluities; and it is to venture into the present life. Or Nietzsche: "Aren't all human institutions intended to prevent men from feeling their lives because of the constant dispersion of their thoughts? ». »
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« What would they have said about our times? Poets and novelists have, as usual, seen the problem before others. It's there, now, huge, around us and in us. It is, as Cioran noted: "The nightmare of opulence. Fantastic accumulation of everything. An abundance that inspires nausea... ». »
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« Life is what happens while you do useless things. »
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« We can take refuge, too, in ruminations or daydreams or hopes, live in our fantasies and expectations, without ever going out to take the air in the light life; light because without expectation precisely, with no intention other than to feel and observe what it is to be alive and present. »
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« We are looking for something and believe that we find it in what is put before our eyes: we buy a 4x4 to satisfy our need for freedom or recognition. A beautiful sofa because we want friendship and time to chat with our loved ones. Very expensive beauty products to feel good about our bodies. Unnecessary toys to show our children that we love them. But are we sure that these purchases will add to our happiness, allow it, facilitate it? What if it was the other way around? What if they were to weaken or prevent him? The materialistic way of life does just that: it gives us its junk, in the nest of our real needs. This system understands that humans need connections, so it tries to transform places of consumption into "places of conviviality". Supermarkets and department stores are sometimes referred to as "temples of consumption." In fact, they are not temples, but agoras, forums. It's worse. At least in the temples come to pray and commune only the faithful; but everyone will talk to the forum... »
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« Our pseudo-materialistic freedom is that of enslaved beasts. We have become farm animals, or zoo animals. Fed, fed, cared for, but walking sadly in our cages, neurotic. And psychologically fragile. »
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« There is no need to idealize the past: the societies of yesteryear also had their flaws, they could dumb down boredom and monotony, stifle individuals under collective constraints (family, neighbourhood, society). But today, the defects are the opposite: overstimulation and phobia of boredom, overvaluation of the person at the expense of the group. We must therefore invent new forms of society, instead of undergoing the present or aspiring to return to the old. And for this to happen, we must progress internally: it is when material progress goes faster than psychological and spiritual progress that humans suffer. When the biggest corporate investments are those that are intended to produce more and consume more, without investment in the face of personal balance, everyone is in moral danger. So we have to fight and grow in our heads and in our behaviors... »
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« You walk in a public garden on a winter morning, on your way to work, with your health concerns. You meet two women who run, chatting, cheerfully, looking healthy. You are suddenly overwhelmed by the flood of your feelings: envy ("they are healthy, they"), irritation ("two housewives who have nothing to do but take care of going well"), sadness ("if only I could not be sick"), worry ("how is it going to end?"). Everything starts to loop, but you keep walking, breathing cold air, soaking up the smells of the park and the city, all mixed up. You're not trying to fight your moods, but you're just waiting for them to pass. And everything goes away without you understanding why or how. Peace came back just because you came back to live in the present moment. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« You can be the victim of repeated theft of consciousness. Our time is characterized by "attention theft": interruptions in advertising, phone calls, SMS or e-mails, but also the habit of "availability", which has become a modern value. Unavailability and withdrawal can certainly cause problems, but to be always ready to interrupt everything to respond to any form of solicitation, is it not so absurd? In any case, this can lead to the fragmentation of our attentional abilities: the possibility of "zapping" if something does not suit us and thus changing our ideas will ultimately lead to no more ideas at all. We have talked about it, these constant demolitions of our attentional abilities induce a disturbance of our inner balances and our moods, which ends up being harmful to us. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« We often miss out on our lives. So often, we don't have to be in what we do! To be next door... Next to our happiness. All those Sundays where we think about Monday and we do not enjoy rest and his loved ones. Then those Mondays when we regret not having enjoyed our rest, and so we are not available for what we have to do; then we do it with difficulty and without pleasure. This leads to delays, complications, displeasure, and unpleasant new moods. Besides the little things not important. Whenever we don't listen to what we're told, where we're absent, elsewhere. Every time you don't know where you've put something away. All the times we went somewhere without thinking about it, in "autopilot." We arrive and we realize that we walked or led in a second state, in another universe: not in reality but in our states of mind. Next to the important moments. How many weddings, ceremonies, "great moments" crossed in a second state, where we focus on everything but the essential: the present moment. Because our mind is cluttered with so many things and worries that we are not able to control or dismiss. At times, it is almost our whole life that takes the habit of flowing like this, out of us, next to us, in front of us. And we follow by trotting behind, trying to pick up the pieces, and make them a coherent construction after the fact, by putting together memories, photos, and scattered reflections. We are victims of the remanence: the moment before devours the present moment. Or anticipation and worry: the next moment occupies our thoughts. The present moment no longer exists: drowned in nothingness. But to miss the present, is it not to miss out on one's life? »
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« Accepting what is, inhabiting reality; then decide and act. But not: to refuse what is, to dream of what is not, to flee from the real; then suffer and suffer or act in an absurd and impulsive manner. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« You can refuse to let life go. And lock yourself in a problem, or pseudo-problem, and not want to let go until we have solved it. We call it "neurotic perseverance," which is a fairly explicit psychological term. Here is a small example given by a psychologist of my friends in his book on consciousness, precisely: looking for his keys for two minutes is a suitable behavior; looking for them for two hours is much less so. And looking for them all day is no longer at all. It is better then to accept that they have been lost, to let the time run out or to move towards another solution than to continue to look. In this way, we turn many difficulties that should remain benign into major existential problems. These lost keys become the transient embodiment of my misfortune and my destiny as an unhappy human being and the victim of a contrary destiny. But life can go on, even if we haven't solved all our problems! »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« We can also open our eyes in a less painful way, through simple and natural life events: having children, travelling, meeting, loving... These repeated, accepted, savored moments of life help us to understand what matters, not intellectually, but experientially. They open our consciousness, decadence it. And awaken him to what is fundamental. And sometimes, even simpler moments, tear the veil even more radically. Like soft and brutal evidence at the same time... »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« And then, as we have seen, one may simply want to refuse the pain of certain moments of life. Refuse to experience the experience of suffering, or unpleasant, simply. So, in the face of painful moods, we can react like a surgeon: to remove the problem we cut wide and we remove everything. To not feel this sadness or worry in me when I let myself go a little, or when I do nothing, I avoid letting myself go, or doing nothing. In order not to feel the unpleasant, I try not to feel anything at all. I'm blinding myself, I'm getting tough. I deprive myself of the taste of life because it was once bitter. These leaks will not change our lives, if they must be. They will just make us wait, hold on, until death - some pessimists will say that it's not bad enough - or until a subsequent explosion, a crisis, a depression. Not present, not aware, how could we then be happy? At best, be sometimes relieved, satisfied, not too unhappy... »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Consequences: "This life you live, it's just a dead life" The list of evils is long. Have the recurring feeling of not being in tune with one's life, not "good in one's life". Being parasitized by the intuition that we would be better elsewhere, but without really knowing if we would be better (and even: knowing full well that no, we would not be better elsewhere). Always want to escape: but it is ourselves who are locked in ourselves! We'll just move our cage somewhere else. Fitzgerald said: "The famous "Escape" or "flight away from everything" is an excursion into a trap." To feel that you are never in your place, that you can't find it. And end up wondering if there is one for us. To be inhabited, so often, by states of mind of boredom, incompleteness, dissatisfaction. Have feelings of emptiness. To lead the "existences of calm despair" that Thoreau spoke of. Being often immersed in gloom, in cockroaches linked to a daily life whose interest we do not see, in the grayness. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Drowning in diffuse suffering. Real moral pains, but without clear or clear causes. The hardest to help in psychotherapy. Perhaps psychoanalysis is the only one that can improve them, if its principle is accepted by the person: in the analysis we do not know where we are going, how, nor if we will be relieved at the exit. Even if, at times, psychoanalysis drowns people in themselves. Even if sometimes it seems that it was just the time that came that brought relief, when it came; and that it is more than a release, wear and tear. But hey, it's still a relief ... Feeling overwhelmed. Through waves of despair, anxiety attacks, puffs of anger, coming from the depths of us, that is, from nowhere. Then it passes, but we did not understand why, and we feel that nothing has really been solved. We just come out relieved, with the fuzzy feeling that a next wave will arrive and again cover us, choke us. Then we will struggle, we will flee into action, work, alcohol, or other things that calm us or divert our attention. Then it'll do it again and again. We will lead a sisyphus existence, not quiet and not happy to be alive, finally. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« You can also lose your effectiveness, your job performance, or your ability to deal with and solve everyday problems. But in terms of everything we've just mentioned above, we don't care about the effectiveness, do we? In any case, we are not going to make it an absolute value, of this efficiency without soul and without joy: we would prefer an efficiency that embodies and reflects our pleasure to live, our contentment to be something rather than nothing, to be alive rather than dead. For the worst is life without conscience. And the worst of this worst: the moments of awareness of a life without consciousness. Modernity aggravates it, but it is in fact an eternal difficulty of human life, and that is why the verses of the Roman poet Lucretia, contemporary of Spartacus, still resonate in us: "This life that you live, it is only a dead life." Just as these words of the contemporary Éric Chevillard resonate in us, when he speaks of those "days for nothing", those days "when the nerves are not in the grips, when I struggle to lift a wing. In the evening, before passing out in turn, my shadow signs for me with a cross the leaf of presence." Why aren't we here, why don't we live more consciously? Why all these bitter states of mind, like so many awakenings and crank returns related to the feeling of leading an empty life? »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« You greet a friend who leaves in a taxi in the rain. You suddenly feel touched by the density of the moment, totally in the present. You hear all the noises of the street, you feel all the raindrops, you see everything without stopping anything or filtering by thoughts or judgments. You're just greeting that friend who's leaving. You look at his face smiling behind the glass riddled with raindrops, you hope everything will be fine. Time is slow. You suddenly feel the immense fragility of our existences, the immense importance of bonds and affection. You want to chase the taxi to kiss her and greet her even better than you did. But you don't feel worried or melancholy. You just figured something out. That you may forget in the next five minutes, as long as you know it's going to be a busy day. But you are quiet, for the trace placed in you by this moment is indelible. You know that. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« At the hospital. I rummage through the secretaries' trash can, where I threw the envelope of a patient's mail. After reading it in my office, I realized that there was no address on the letter, which requires a consultation. Distracted or disturbed patients sometimes do that. Quickly, get this address on the envelope, impossible to leave this sad mail unanswered! I search, I stir, I flip the old papers, one or two disposable handkerchiefs, coffee cups a little sticky. Pfff... There are lots of envelopes, of course, but where's mine? The nurses and secretaries are laughing at me, in the trash. It makes me laugh too, but I feel perfectly out of place doing this. Oddly enough, I hear a little voice saying to me, "Everything is OK, you're doing exactly your job, and you're exactly in your place, rummaging through the garbage cans of suffering; still looking a little. »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« You think of Pascal and his Memorial, those feverish notes that he always wore on him and found after his death in the lining of his garment. You think of that moment of fire and faith that he experienced on Monday, November 23, 1654, "between 10:30 p.m. and about 12:30 a.m. until about 12:30 a.m." Struck by grace, "God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob," not philosophers and scholars." No cogitations or reflections, but a revelation, "Certainty. Certainty. Feeling. Joy. Peace. Pascal who falls to his knees under the violence of what he is living and understanding. "Joy, joy, joy, tears of joy." That pulsates and that includes, "Total and gentle renunciation." »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


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Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« Mindfulness consists in being present in the experience of the moment we are living, without filter (we accept what comes), without judgment (we do not look for whether it is right or wrong, desirable or not), and without waiting (we do not want something to happen or happen). Mindfulness is therefore a simple presence - just being there - but so difficult to achieve... In general, our attention is only partially devoted to what we are going through. And we are making efforts to focus on some points (which we think are important at the time) rather than others (which we consider secondary). »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


« I remember the shock at my first reading of The Letter of Lord Chandos, famous short story by the Austrian writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal, which tells the story of a man explaining to a friend (the philosopher Francis Bacon) why he retired from the world, gave up writing and more. "All existence once seemed to me, in a kind of continual drunkenness, like a great unity... "Since then, I have been leading an existence that you will have difficulty conceiving, I fear, as it unfolds out of mind, without a thought. [...] It is not easy for me to sketch for you what these happy moments are made of; words once again abandon me. [...] A watering can, an abandoned harrow in a field, a dog in the sun, a miserable cemetery, a cripple, a small peasant's house, all this can become the receptacle of my revelations [...], the source of this enigmatic, silent, limitless rapture. So many analyses have been done endlessly on the scope of this text (including the inability of language to translate the complexity of any form of experience) that it is certainly, as for Pascal, reductive to extract only these few words. But they say so much, and with so much force! »
Christophe André (States of soul: Learning about serenity)


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