|Yes it’s frenetic, crazy, and uncertain out there.Frazzled!
Our world seems to be in constant conflict, socially, politically and spiritually.
It’s as if “dharma” which means ” right action” or “cosmic order” has been disrupted. It has most definitely.
The pandemic of Covid 19 has uncovered many layers of our society that have been dysfunctional for along time. Our food system that ignores health, our health system that ignores food, racial injustice, inequality in the workplace, unfair wages for many, climate change and our health care system are just a few.
They appear like swirling problems that have no end in sight.
The image of the eye of the hurricane comes to mind as I view these storms that are surrounding us right now
What does it mean to be in the eye of a hurricane?
Literally, a place of calm in the center of a hurricane. (The “eye” is the center of a storm, which rotates around a central point.) Eye of a hurricane is usually calm, devoid of clouds and no rains.
Let us use this metaphor in exploring ways to get centered in a frazzled world.
1. Nature rejuvenates itself in “silence”. There’s a saying ” silence is golden”.
Ayurvedic teachings are well aware of nature’s power, and the power of nature’s silence. We are literally made up of ether, air, fire, water and earth.These elements are seen in nature on a daily basis. The sun, fire, the earth, the sky, air and ether, space, water, a river, waterfall, pond or the ocean.
-Spending time in silence can be gazing into a fire and looking at the flames.
-Walking in nature, and purposely planting your feet on the earth instead of the pavement.
-Becoming aware of the sounds of the birds.
-Listening to a waterfall and bringing your full attention to it or the sound of a creek.
Silence is more “relaxing” for your body and brain than listening to music – as measured by a lowering of blood pressure and increased blood flow to the brain, writes Atalanta Beaumont in a psychology today article.
Periods of silence throughout the day enhance sleep and lessen insomnia. We have all heard advice about “winding down” before bed but few of us apply it to ourselves.
“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” —Caroline Myss.
2.At the beginning of every new year we think about our resolutions for the year ahead of us. I prefer the word ” intention” as resolutions hardly stick. The promise to lose weight, get fit, or meditate once a day can quickly fade as early as end of February. Haven’t you experienced this for yourself?
Creating an intention is different because it holds the promise of others not just oneself.The power of intention is the power of a focused mind. When focusing our mental energy on something, we’re able to give more of our brain power to it.
In Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Book, The Power of Intention he says,
” We’re all intended here through the invisible power of intention. This is the first book to look at intention as a field of energy that you can access to begin co-creating your life with the power of intention.”
Imagine sitting for a few minutes each day and focusing on your intentions; for your relationships, your family, your work, your intention for the planet?
It may look something like this” I send peaceful and healing energy to our planet”. You can imagine a color, create a visualization even write it down so you can look at it every day.
Let your focus and intention be uplifting for the benefit of all.
3.If you were to make pyramid out of emotions, fear, anger, greed, grief and anxiety would at the bottom. What’s at the top? Joy, gratitude, light hardheartedness.
How can you feel those emotions in a turbulent world? It takes effort.
Here are a few suggestions:
-Write ten things you are grateful for before going to bed.
-Watch funny comedians tell jokes so you can laugh and feel good.
-Tell everyone you meet something you are grateful for about them.
-Thank the sun, the moon , the flowers, trees for their life giving presence.
– And lastly, don’t forget to find things about yourself you are grateful for.
We’ve been asked to stay home, stay distanced, it’s the least we can do is find a place withing that is not contributing to the massive fear that is out there. With intention you can create a world that you envision, with gratitude you rejuvenate the heart, and with a sense of calm you can handle anything.
In a frazzled world, we must access the strength to go within and find the calm at the center of the storm.
with fierce love,
Gedalia Sweet magnolias are blossoming everywhere. Dance in their delight!
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