September 2012 ~ Dealing
with Changes in the World
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September 2012 ~ Dealing
with Changes in the World
Life changes all around us — all the time. Our physical bodies change
all the time. And, as humans, we love new adventures, we love seeing new
things, and yet we deeply resist changing when someone else wants us to change, or
when our favorite "something" or someone is no longer available to us.
We are a living dichotomy – wanting to change and not wanting to change at
the same time.
The pace of life is changing all around us and seems to get faster and faster
with each passing year. Technology alone is outstripping our ability to
keep up with it and that new gadget is obsolete as soon as we buy it.
How can we cope with this increasing pace of change in a way that allows us
to stay healthy?
We have some specific suggestions for habits that will help to keep us
healthy – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually:
1. Daily meditation
How long you meditate is up to you. The purpose is to connect to
"All That Is" — or "God"
or your own "higher self" or "Great Spirit" or whatever
you call something other than your physical self — for
some amount of time every day. You can say "good
morning" to the sun or the flowers or the birds or to the Earth and
that's enough, or you can sit in silence for however long feels right for
2. Good diet
Eliminate alcohol, cigarettes, chemicals, drugs, etc. Eat a balanced
diet that is right for your body type.
3. Eat consciously
Be grateful for all that has been provided for you to nourish your body.
4. Regular exercise
Exercise your body regularly in a way that works for you. You can do
simple exercises or elaborate ones. Do what is right for you and what
works for your own body. The body is the temple where our spirit lives,
so taking care of it now makes a hug difference later in life.
5. Sleep enough
Be sure to get enough rest. Each body is different - some people need
much more sleep than others. Learn what works best for you and
discipline yourself to go to bed when you need to.
6. Balance your work
Our society tends to expect people to work constantly, with an occasional
short vacation. That really doesn't work well for the human body and
leads to severe burnout. Balance your work and make sure you have
time for play, study and rest (the
4 pillars of vitality).
7. Watch your thoughts
Watch your thoughts. Be aware of martyrdom, anger, arrogance, stubbornness,
etc. Think positively at all times. Be aware of your negative
thought patterns and work on changing
them or eliminating them.
Be grateful for everything that happens to you. You are creating your
own life, moment by moment., so acknowledge all the good that you a have
8. See good in everyone
Learn to see the good (God, Spirit) in everyone and every situation and
every person you interact with. Open your heart and see/feel a beautiful
ribbon of energy connecting your heart to their heart. Breathe in that
beautiful colorful energy as you connect with them. It's amazing how
much better your interactions will become.
9. Be gentle with yourself
Be gentle and loving with yourself also. Eliminate self-criticism of
all kinds and that nagging voice that says "you always screw
up." Tell that voice to go way, forever. There is no room for
that any more.
10. Be a loving presence in the world
Fill yourself with the positive energy of LOVE!!! At all times.
Whenever you feel depleted or weak or tired, do something that is uplifting
for you —music, art, prayer, exercise — whatever works for you.
STOP all activities and obligations if necessary to get yourself back into
a good place.
If you are willing to do these few things consistently (even somewhat
consistently), your life will become smoother, easier, simpler and you will feel
more in control of your own life.
Ultimately, all we can control is ourselves and even then, we don’t have
complete control. We certainly cannot control what is going on in the
world around us. However, with a positive attitude, we are able to adjust
and adapt more easily when something happens that is unexpected.
- The Power of Positive Thinking. Norman Vincent Peale
Touchside, 2003 ISBN: 978-0743234801
- Transforming Your Dragons: Turning Personality Fear Patterns into Personal Power.
Jose Stevens. Bear & Co; (July 1994) ISBN: 1879181177
- Income Without a Job: Living Well Without a Paycheck. Michael
Jay Anthony, Barbara J. Taylor. Lulu.com,
978-0-557-00377-8. Website: www.income-without-a-job.com.
Tap into your own creativity and use your full potential. Learn
how to see opportunities that others miss.
Related newsletter article:
May 1997 - Coping with Change
August 2011 - Changes, Changes and
March 2011 - Dealing with Change:
Life's Natural Transition Points
March 2009 - the Seven Steps to
July 2001 - Balancing Life and Work
September 1997 - Balancing Life and
Work - the Four Pillars of Vitality
June 1999 - Dealing with Personality
July 1999 - Slaying the Personality
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences
that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and
make your dreams come true ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
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