In observance of mental health awareness this month, actress and yoga instructor Maxene Magalona has shared her ways of dealing with negative energy.
On her Instagram page today, May 3, Magalona recounted her struggles with mental health issues as she posted a recent photo of hers.
“My higher self looking at me and secretly judging my bad decisions,” she said of her photo.
“Visualize your highest self and start showing up as her,” she added, quoting jewelry designer Anita Quansah.
Magalona admitted that she recently “made some poor choices” that had her “swimming in a pool of shame and guilt for a couple of days now.”
“It’s not the easiest feeling, to be honest, as there are moments when I would just like the earth to swallow me up,” she noted.
“Now that it’s #MentalHealthAwareness month, I just want to share how I’ve been dealing with negative energy such as feelings of shame, guilt, anxiety and fear, to name a few,” she said.
She described humans as “very complex beings with so many different layers that transcend the physical.”
“We are energetic beings who need to learn how to work with our emotions as these are actually our superpowers. The reason why we suffer and experience mental health issues is because we overthink and stay stuck in our analytical minds while cutting ourselves completely from our emotions,” she said.
What needs to be done, Magalona said, is to “learn how to detach from our external material reality and connect to our inner world by sitting with ourselves and just being with whatever is happening underneath the surface.”
This can be achieved “through yoga and meditation, we can gently hold space for ourselves as we process our emotions—both the good and the bad.”
“We cannot just keep clinging on to what feels good for us. We need to process our pain as well. We need to feel in order to heal,” she said.
Magalona has lately been into meditation about her thoughts and actions, keenly observing how she has been handling herself, “crying, sitting and breathing through the discomfort.”
“This may be a difficult and painful process but I choose to go through it because if I don’t, these negative energies will stay stuck and stagnant in my system and there’s just no way I’m going to allow them to poison my soul,” she said.
Believing that her life is a “collection of all my choices,” she feels that “I am 100% responsible for my current life situation.”
“I may have tripped and made a mistake, but I choose to learn from it instead of run away from it. I choose to feel my pain instead of denying and sweeping it under the rug. Pain is potential power and I choose to use it as fuel for my evolutionary development,” she said. /ra