February 2017 ~ Taking Care of What's Important
February 2017 ~ Taking Care of What's Important
We did not do an article for January due to a number of things going on in our life that took priority. We have also tried to figure out how to deal with some of what is happening in our world right now without getting too political. We are finding that we cannot ignore the political realities and cannot remain silent when there are people trying to destroy the foundation of our country.
We wrote our original January 2017 article before the November 2016 election and decided to post it anyway, even though we are no longer in the parallel that has a woman president in the United States. It may be useful to some anyway. According to JP Van Hulle and Michael North, this parallel that we are in is a very minority one – about 1% – that took us off on a detour into the wilderness where we have never gone before in our country. They say that about 93% of the other parallel universes have Hillary as their president; the rest have one of several other people.
Our February article tries to deal with how to cope with the place we find ourselves now in this time and space.
1. Take care of your physical body
Most importantly, taking care of your body means getting plenty of rest. Our bodies are being subjected to shocking events and radical changes repeatedly right now so they need all the help they can get.
Get exercise in whatever way works for you. Exercise helps keep the body healthy, reduces blood pressure and helps to manage stress.
Do whatever works for you to deal with stress. If you meditate daily, even for a few minutes, that will help.
If meditation doesn’t appeal to you, find something beautiful to concentrate on for a few minutes. Go out in nature and breathe deeply. Appreciate our bountiful universe in all its forms. Think about someone you love and allow your heart to open; extend the love that you feel to the space around you; include your family, friends and neighborhood and include our government in that energy.
DO NOT send any more hate, judgment or blame to anyone. That only adds more negativity to an already difficult situation. Positive energy attracts positive energy — like a magnet. Negative energy attracts negative energy.
2. Maintain a positive attitude
No matter what happens in our world, know that we will be able to get through it eventually. We have faced difficult situations before and we have emerged stronger.
One quote that comes to mind: What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger. [Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher]
Pay attention to people who are helping us understand why our society is disintegrating at this time in history. Knowledge is power. Knowing what is happening and why helps to alleviate the fear of the unknown.
DO NOT allow fear to take over. Find ways to see something positive in what ever you are doing every single day.
Pay attention to other people, which helps to get out of the stuck place of fear. Pay attention to their kindness or goodness or progress. Let other people know that you value their contributions in what ever ways you can. Say Please and Thank You and I care about you as often as you can every single day.
Get in the habit of noticing any time that you find yourself feeling criticism, blame, anger or judgment of another person. Stop yourself and find something kind and positive to think about. Even small shifts like this can make a huge difference collectively.
3. Find ways to inspire yourself
Margaret Mead said: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Our country has so many examples of how committed people made a huge difference for the lives of others. Just a few of these:
I could go on and on and on.
The freedoms and benefits that we enjoy today are built on the actions of many, many people before us who were willing to stand up for what is right.
Our political leaders certainly will not inspire us this year, so we have to do it ourselves. Find something that inspires you every day and be an inspiration to others whenever you can. Small acts of kindness qualify.
Consciously and actively, look for good news and take the time to appreciate those where ever and when ever you see them.
4. Set strong intentions for positive changes and outcomes
Set a strong intention that no matter what, we will survive and be stronger. Our current political situation is chaotic and uncertain. New shocks seem to be coming at us every day.
We have a choice whether to allow the actions of others to throw us into chaos or whether we can take control of our thoughts, feelings and actions, and do what we know is right.
We can learn what is behind the massive changes happening in our world. José Stevens has written several articles about this. Many others have written about them as well.
Every day, remind yourself that we have been through difficult times before and we will be able to weather the current storms also.
Refuse to be fearful. When people are afraid, they can be controlled by others more easily and lose their freedom.
You can do energetic exercises to restrict and restrain any action by the government that is not for the good of all people. You can imagine an energetic bell jar over Washington, DC and know that only actions that affect the good of the country can be implemented. Do this exercise every day.
You can do energetic exercises to ground yourself. Susannah Redelfs has a number of different energetic exercises on her website for download or listening.
A personal favorite of ours is Emmet Fox’s statement on Love: There is no difficulty that enough Love will not conquer . . .
5. Maintain a good support system and help support others you care about
Stay in touch with people you care around. Make sure your support system is working and do whatever you need to do to feel supported.
Help others when you can, whether family, friends or neighborhood. Even small acts of kindness can make a huge difference. Help someone locate a lost pet. Open a door. Smile as much as you can. Say thank you to a stranger.
If you don’t have a good support system now, create one or join one. Find out what support is local to you whether a group of friends, a church or other type of group that will allow you to be with people of like mine that you feel comfortable with.
Never underestimate the power of prayer to heal and transform. Use whatever form of prayer works for you. Here is a prayer written by Ernest Holmes in the 1950s:
Our country was formed on the basis of freedom for all. We created a system of government that is based on working together through representation. And, We the People retain the right to remove a government that is not working for all people.
From our Declaration of Independence:
From our Constitution:
of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. ...
We can be the best we can be. Work at whatever level you feel comfortable. And, know that every single person is important in the grand scheme of things. Every small positive action makes us stronger together.
We can resist attempts at oppression and destruction of our country’s core values. We can resist attempts by the minority president to act like a dictator. We can speak out. We can become an active champion for our country’s ideals. We can join peaceful marches.
We can support organizations that are willing to stand up for what is right. A few examples: the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), Planned Parenthood, MoveOn.org, the Love Army, the Dakota Access Pipeline efforts and many others.
Do what ever you can, where ever you can, when ever you can.
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