Wow. These are incredible times. We are in the midst of great wonder, beauty and peril. We are ushering in a new era, and in seasons of great change - great resistance rises. This is evident not only on a global level, but within each individual human life we are being asked to let go of attachment and “the way things are/were” in favor of unprecedented change and great uncertainty. The frequency of this task of “letting go” is happening as quickly as you can take a peek at your technology device bringing your awareness to the latest battle(s) humanity has to offer and robbing you of the peace of the present moment. At this point, unless one can shift into a consciousness of the omnipresent Om, we can become engulfed in the collective energy of fear and obsession. Our experience on any level of consciousness brings great consequence to the cellular dimension of the body. There are however many levels to choose from.
The questions now are how to live in new ways that serve our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being, while staying out of collective fear, negativity and discontent in what appears to be abject chaos?
“Worry pretends to be necessary
but serves no useful purpose.”
A Technology Diet is a very useful practice for those interested in moving back to and residing within a centered, peaceful way of Being. There is significant scientific data confirming that sustained attention to technology is worsening the ADHD and Alzheimer’s epidemics. I limit myself to checking emails twice a day (which is still a lot). Anyone who seriously needs to contact me knows my phone number. With all the many distractions available to us, it is crucial to pick and choose where you place your focus, energy and attention in a given moment. Information of any nature is useless unless it is directly affecting you and your wellbeing. Anytime we dabble in fear we are draining crucial energy reserves from the body. The flight or fight response taps the adrenal glands which for most in this culture are already compromised. This repetitive response (aka: stress) is the beginning of a whole host of diseases prevalent in our society. Fatigue, auto-immune disease, allergies, obesity, depression, insomnia and the catastrophic diseases that plague us in these times, all begin with the emotion of fear and its various guises.
We’ve all asked, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In his startling new book, the bestselling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era yet. Evidence of a bloody history has always been around us: the genocides in the Old Testament and crucifixions in the New; the gory mutilations in Shakespeare and Grimm; the British monarchs who beheaded their relatives and the American founders who dueled with their rivals. Now the decline in these brutal practices is actually quantified by Pinker in his book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
- The Buddha
Get clear on what you want out of your one, wild and beautiful life. Prioritize from a spiritual perspective what you need and want on the physical plane. For me, health and well-being in body, mind and spirit are paramount. Put the oxygen mask on your Self first, be compassionate and gentle with your Self, first. Then and only then can you understand these concepts relative to your fellow sentient beings and embrace a vibration high enough to attract and manifest the desires of your heart. The heart is the central processing unit of your being and its task is to integrate body, mind and spirit. Flesh out what is important to you and consider what negative emotions/patterns keep you from achieving your dreams. Attracting good is achieved by sustained focus on your good. Sustained negativity attracts negativity. Begin to focus on all the beauty that surrounds you.
Daily meditation practice is essential for creating expanded awareness and new ways of living in harmony with the spiritual nature of your own being and that of others.
Stay close to nature and the Earth. Breathe in the rays of the sun, smell freshly mown grass, gaze at the color and majesty of the flowers that bloom and honor the smallest of creatures that may cross your path. Choose wellbeing. Honor your Divine nature as you honor the nature you dwell within. Be well!
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
-Max Erhmann, 1927
Lin Weiss, MH is a Mind/Body Practitioner in private practice in Houston. She delights in helping people discover their potential, healing, wholeness and success. As an Energy Healer/Dowser, Yoga Therapist and sojourner of Truth, Lin has a compassionate ear and works with Homeopathy; Cognitive Reframing; Chakra Attunement; Nutrition Therapy; Shamanic Journey; Past Life Regression & Orchid Essences to assist the individual healing journey.
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