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By Mark Powell
...People who've created a spacious inner calm are almost superhuman. They have the concentration , the presence of mind to accomplish worlds more, in half the time, than a stressed out person. In the short term, hour by hour, the at-ease person can stay present, effortlessly involved, and focused. In the long term, over the days, weeks, and months, the relaxed person is even, solid, and steady. Stressed out types, on the other hand, tend to have erratic bursts of marginal productivity (though they feel extremely busy) followed by exhaustion, or else their energy just strays, getting scattered in different directions.
A relaxed, quiet mind sees the big picture and very naturally sees the priorities in a project. It always easily sees what's best to do in what order and how best to do it.
As far as relationships go, relaxed people tend to have amazing relationships because they're not fretting and distracted. This means they've got the available attention for the people in their lives, which, frankly speaking, is somewhat rare. We're all used to people being too tightly wound up in their own stress to have any real energy and attention left over for us. So when somebody does, people are naturally very attracted to them. They seem like saints!
Also, when we are deeply calm, our whole being blossoms. Our face softens and relaxes, our eyes brighten and start to twinkle and shine, we access our natural spontaneity and authenticity. People want to be around this sort of presence, even if they can't say exactly why...
Incidentally, relaxed people also play better. They tend to play more wholeheartedly because they're not distracted. They're present. Since they're not uptight and tense, they're more able to abandon themselves into whatever they're doing: play or work.
Lastly, relaxed people are generally much more creative. A tense, agitated, distracted , contracted mind dries up the creative storehouses. Hemingway talked of how the unconscious mind should always be working on what you're creating in its silent mysterious depths, but when you're stressed out, the unconsciouses mind is occupied with that instead, and the wellspring runs dry. A clear, relaxed mind opens up the floodgates to the creative juice.
You get the idea. Basically, think of anything good that you want in your life. Anything. The more deep peace and ease you create in yourself, the better you'll be able to create it. "Relaxed you" compared to "stressed-out" you is literally a genius, a Jedi knight full of energy, brilliant insight, wise perspective and uncanny intuition.
Oh yeah, and then there's that little detail of happiness, another reward of radiant inner peace. As a matter of fact, when you get right down to it, radiant inner peace -- being at ease and stress free -- is just another way of saying happiness. Stress = not happy. NO stress = happy.
If "happiness" doesn't seem like a very motivating reason for you get serious about unlearning stress, it's probably just because "happiness" seems like a vague, abstract thing to you, maybe even an unrealistic one. It's such a big word it may seem a bit meaningless. And yet, everything you do, play, try to get, everything you hope for and try to do, you do ultimately because you want to be happy. Each of those things you want, later tonight, next month, next decade you want because you believe it'll make you happy. It'll make you feel good, relieved, released, at ease, carefree. But these feelings come from within you, and not from any achievement, goal, object, or attainment. The only thing standing between you and those good feelings you want it stress.
So why be stress-free? Let's recap, shall we?
1. To be healthy
2. To have healthy, fun relationships with people
3. To create what you want to create in life
4. To be hip, cool, attractive, and popular
5. To be happy and feel good and playful and light
I found this blog to be incredibly amusing as well as inspiring.
"Skeletor is experiencing the profound emptiness and isolation of human existence. Follow his journey to positive mental health through daily affirmation."
Mike Adams recently wrote a great article on Natural News taking the attention away the partisan focus regarding Obamacare and shifting the focus to how any health care system based on "disease management" is simply unsustainable.
Mike presents his vision of what a sustainable health care system would look like below:
• Outlawing all drug advertisements that target the general public. Drug ads do nothing but convince people they need more drugs even when they don't. (All such drug ads were illegal before 1997.)
• Ending the FDA's censorship of truthful health claims on nutritional supplements, thereby allowing sellers of herbs, superfoods and dietary supplements to make truthful, qualified, scientifically-validated claims about the ability of dietary products to treat, prevent and cure disease. Vitamin C, for example, cures scurvy. But the FDA does not allow this claim on a bottle of vitamin C.
• Breaking the state medical monopolies that marginalize chiropractic, Chinese medicine, herbal practices and other holistic healing arts. State medical boards needs to be reined in with a national "Medical Bill of Rights" that guarantees freedom to practice the healing arts without oppressive interference from state medical boards (which are almost always run by conventional medical monopolists who have financial ties to Big Pharma).
• Ending all drug patents and shifting R&D to publicly-funded universities. This would immediately take the profit out of junk science drug promotions and sharply reduce the cost of drugs to the public.
• The outlawing of all toxic, disease-promoting ingredients in the food supply (HFCS, aspartame, sodium nitrite, etc.)
• The breaking apart of the FDA into separate "Food" and "Drug" regulators.
• Reforming the mission statement of the NIH to study causes of health rather than causes of disease.
• The outlawing of FDA, CDC, USDA and FTC employees from accepting jobs inside the very industries they regulate. (Stop the "revolving door" of regulators taking jobs with pharma.)
• The outlawing of drug company bribery of doctors, financial influence of medical schools and commercial funding of science journals.
• The total ban of mercury from all medicines, including vaccines where they continue to be used. This ban also must encompass dental amalgams, where mercury remains one of the top sources of contamination across the population.
• Ending poisonous agricultural practices such as GMOs and the widespread use of glyphosate.
• Ending all government subsidies of agricultural products that promote disease such as high-fructose corn syrup and processed, refined sugar.
• Restoring patients' rights to sue vaccine companies for the permanent health damage caused by their products. Across the board, due process must be restored for patients who consume health products.
• A forced repeal of the FDA's utterly ridiculous "flat Earth" belief that there is no such thing as any vitamin, mineral, nutrient or botanical that has any ability whatsoever to treat, prevent or cure any disease. This absurd belief is hopelessly outdated, and it results in patients and health care providers being unable to find or recommend affordable, safe and efficacious nutritional therapies that prevent and in some cases even help reverse disease.
Read more: http://www.naturalnews.com/042983_health_care_system_financial_failure_prevention_of_disease.html#ixzz2lADga8MD
What do you think about the bullet points in Mike's vision?
What items would you add if you could design a health care system that was sustainable and focused truly on health?
Once there was a tree..... and she loved a little boy. And every day the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest. He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples. And they would play hide-and-go-seek. And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade. And the boy loved the tree.......very much. And the tree was happy.
But time went by. And the boy grew older. And the tree was often alone. Then one day the boy came to the tree and the tree said "Come, Boy, come and climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and eat apples and play in my shade and be happy"
"I am too big to climb and play", said the boy. "I want to buy things and have fun. I want some money. Can you give me some money?"
"I'm sorry," said the tree, "but I have no money, I have only leaves and apples. Take my apples, Boy, and sell them in the city. Then you will have money and you will be happy." And so the boy climbed up the tree and gathered her apples and carried them away. And the tree was happy.
But the boy stayed away for a long time... and the tree was sad. And then one day the boy came back and the tree shook with joy and she said, "Come, Boy, climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and be happy."
"I am too busy to climb trees," said the boy. "I want a house to keep me warm. I want a wife and I want children, and so I need a house. Can you give me a house?"
"I have no house," said the tree. "The forest is my house, but you may cut off my branches and build a house. Then you will be happy." And the boy cut off her branches and carried them away to build his house. And the tree was happy.
But the boy stayed away for a long time. And when he came back, the tree was so happy she could hardly speak. "Come, Boy," she whispered, "come and play."
“I am too old and sad to play," said the boy. "I want a boat that can take me far away from here. Can you give me a boat?"
"Cut down my trunk and make a boat," said the tree. "Then you can sail away...... and be happy." And so the boy cut down her trunk and made a boat and sailed away. And the tree was happy.... but not really. And after a long time the boy came back again.
"I am sorry, Boy," said the tree, "but I have nothing left to give you----" "My apples are gone."
"My teeth are too weak for apples," said the boy.
"My branches are gone," said the tree. "You cannot swing on them”
"I am too old to swing on branches," said the boy.
"My trunk is gone," said the tree. "You cannot climb"
"I am too tired to climb," said the boy.
"I am sorry," sighed the tree. "I wish that I could give you something------ but I have nothing left. I am just an old stump."
"I don't need very much now," said the boy. "just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired."
"Well," said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could, "Well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest."
And the boy did. And the tree was happy.
"Grace flows from gratefulness. Gratefulness is the glow of one's life. A grateful person purifies his entire environment. In his presence all his family, friends, and the people around him are uplifted. Someone in anguish suddenly finds relief.
Life is worth living if even for a moment you have lived gratefully."
~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
So the past month of October was the 5th time (!) I participated in publicly expressing my gratitude for 30 days on Facebook. The concept came to me in 2010, on a whim. I had been meditating for three years, and was going through a period in my life where things were starting to shift for me personally on many levels, and I was becoming more and more aware of my tendency to come up with these really great, inspired, ideas and then never act on them. So frustrating. So in attempt to bypass that part of my brain that always seemed to explain to me in great detail, why it was never going to work, I immediately started the Facebook page "30 Days of Gratitude", put up a profile pic, and the next day announced to my Facebook friends (with much anxiety) that I was going to spend the next 30 days posting what I was grateful for and invited people to join me.
I was SO scared of how people would respond. I think I avoided logging into to Facebook for awhile so I could avoid the snickering comments, or worse yet, a radio silence response to my open invitation. But to my surprise, lots of people responded positively and said they would join me.
So that was the beginning of several challenges for me.
The first challenge was one of discipline. The only thing I had managed to be disciplined about in my life by the age of 30 was my relatively new meditation practice (and maybe brushing my teeth and bathing everyday), so the thought of doing something consistently for 30 days was daunting. But it was public AND I STARTED IT, so that was enough to keep me accountable.
The next challenge was allowing myself to be so vulnerable. I've learned from all these gratitude challenges that there's four kinds of people in the world -- 1) the kind that would never be into gratitude, 2) the kind that would prefer to journal their gratitude privately, 3) the kind that sign up for the challenge and express surface level gratitude -- for a good book to read, a warm home to come home to, having enough money to buy gas for their car, etc., and 4) the kind who gobble this opportunity up and use it to literally bare their soul and express gratitude for the magnificence of existence and everything that entails. To each his own of course, but I truly believe that gratitude is the most sincerest form of prayer one can offer, regardless of your religious beliefs, so posting on FB each day is akin to praying in public, literally. And that requires a level of vulnerability that's normally outside of most people's comfort zone. It was definitely outside of mine back then.
My final challenge was finding something to be grateful for every day, which is comical when I think about it objectively. I mean I could list ANYTHING from my left foot to waking up alive each day. But there were some days where I just couldn't see or feel the abundance, no matter what I did. And that was a lesson learned in itself -- that abundance existed in my reality, only as much as I could perceive that it existed.
I love the fact that a new group of friends participate during each challenge and spread waves of gratitude throughout the month. But to be honest, I restart these challenges on FB not for others, but when I need them the most personally. I started this recent one out of a space of heartbreak, confusion, and feeling lack and lost on a personal level. On an intellectual level, I know that anytime I'm feeling down or in pain, my perspective is skewed and I'm very much out of alignment with my true Nature which is LOVE, JOY, and PEACE. But try telling that to my heart! Luckily gratitude always brings my attention back to all the abundance that is flowing into my life and allows me to transform any perceived negatives into positives, simply by shifting my perspective. I am in such a better space after these last 30 days. I can't wait for what the future holds, and that's a beautiful thing.
So my message to you if you are reading this right now, is that you are loved and blessed beyond measure, despite any personal challenges you may be experiencing. You are blessed with sight, working hands, a computer to type on, internet to connect the two of us, food in your belly, clean water to drink, and a sun and moon that love you so dearly, that they come back to greet you each and every day without fail. Consider cultivating a daily practice of gratitude in whatever way works for you and observe what shifts start to happen in your life. :~)
This time around I decided to get feedback from several of the 22 people who participated in the gratitude challenge this time around. I've never done this before, but I'm glad I did, because I was literally moved to tears by some of the sharing, which I've included below with their permission.
Well I am so.. Grateful, that I decided to participate in this. I have noticed a steady progression over the month. The more I thought to be grateful for, the more I saw to be grateful for and more of that has shown up in my experience. The feeling grew, and my gratitude has gotten bigger. I had a few moments here when tears were flowing down my face, and all I could do was smile, open my arms, look to the sky and say thank you, thank you ,thank you.
I felt compelled to share it with others, and I feel that gratitude and love are twins. One is the best friend of the other. I would be at different places around town, and people would say, I really enjoy your posts, keep them coming. I realized again how much I enjoy encouraging others, and how good that feels. It makes me so happy to spread the love and watch it flow in its infinite cycle. I am encouraged to keep this practice going. It's so fun!
…I realized the power of encouraging words and sharing the gratitude from my heart. I was also inspired. That experience has encouraged me to get out there more and inspire others. I feel a sense of purpose. It gives more meaning to my existence.
I am grateful for the new perspective I have gained from taking 30 days to share the things I'm grateful for. As I review the posts in fact it's not "things" at all; it's people, and experiences that helped me get to the place I'm in today. I aim to live in a space of continual gratitude and this 30 days was a great way to start. Thank you LaShanda Greene for inventing this now global consciousness. I'm grateful I know the gal who started it all!
So, the Gratitude Challenge wasn't much of a challenge. I had so many things to be grateful for everyday! Some days after posting, I wanted to go back and repost or post more, but didn't want to overdo it with some of the people who have to see my posts- lol. I know that about 15-20% of my FB friends are into positive and healing stuff while the others likely passed right over my posts as they read the feed. Alas, I felt excited to share everyday and was told that I inspired quite a few of my friends, which was wonderful. I already work on feeling grateful through my days, though I sometimes forget and a whole day passes.
The challenge gave me exuberance and got me excited to post things and let the world know that there are so many reasons to be grateful everyday! I was going through a difficult time as my boyfriend broke up with me, so being grateful about the many other amazing things in my life brought everything to light and gave me strength I needed during times when I was sad and feeling down. Being grateful brings an awareness to oneself; that even things which seem to be wrong or bad, come to you as a lesson and for a reason to only improve your life in another way perhaps you hadn't imagined.
Your Gratitude Challenge gave me new perspective on my own existence and helped me feel that everyday there were 300 things I could thank the Universe for, even (and especially) the little chipmunk crossing my path as I skated by. I think I was observing more with the presence of the challenge- and sadly now, I think I need another one to stay on track! hahah!
These 30 days of gratitude has been such a loving journey. Today is the last "official" day. The times I've stopped to really examine my life, I've felt silly ever to have complained about it. I am being, experientially, everything I feel myself to be. I think about my spirit now with tears in my eyes. I can feel it humming inside, smiling and guiding my mind and heart more freely. I tell you, in order for the Phoenix to rise, it must first burn. I bow my head to the ashes and take flight. Today, I honor the vast power of evolution.
Thank you for this opportunity to aid in the growth of my soul.
Daily expressions of gratitude lift my vibration and allow me to experience the highest states of consciousness, which are peace and love. They are footsteps on the path to the divine source: our creator. God is certain, but the awareness of God is not. It is a choice. Gratitude has also helped me to soften my edges so that my heart, in turn, has been softened. When our hearts are softened, love and compassion are free to flow.
The gratitude statement that resonates the most with me is the first one I wrote:
"I am grateful to have finally realized that God has walked this journey with me and even when I thought I was alone...he was always there."
Gratitude is undoubtedly one of the most simple and exceptionally rewarding practices one can partake in at any time and in any space. Participating in the October month of Gratitude Challenge with Higher Purpose Healing provided an incentive and purpose for me to really give time to focus on the alternating levels of that which I consider very important to me. With the focal point of gratitude, this challenge allowed me the opportunity to drop in with myself in a manner of continuity. By rather inevitable consequence, I was filled with genuine moments of realization, tearful joy, love, peace, and personal insights with regard to "the bigger picture," or the All that Is.
Gratitude is available to anyone and everyone, and the simple practice of tuning in to that which I am grateful for has been fundamental in reminding me of the power I have, and the power we all have, as incredible expressions of our true Light essence. Centering on gratitude at least once a day in the initial stages of the challenge had entrained a habit in me, and had only proven to expand itself as gratitude became much "easier" to access, and a much more frequent "awareness" throughout my days.
The beginning of the next month does not mean an end to this practice. This challenge ultimately granted me an infinitely providing gift in itself. Just getting to look back on the 31 days of gratitude I have openly expressed is one example of this gift. Having these daily notes written down is having an invaluable source of reminding and filling energy. Each day held such empowering relevance and I find it "difficult" to highlight one favorite. I so highly encourage all to take part in conscious gratitude and reap the rewards we have been given the key to as a birthright. Bestow yourself with the gift of gratitude.
And while were at it... I am grateful for LaShanda Greene and Higher Purpose Healing!!
I'm grateful that I took part in the 30 days of gratitude with Higher Purpose Healing. Many of us practice gratitude already but expressing it on the Facebook world is a little different, at first I felt a little shy but now I am totally comfortable and it feels natural. Announcing your gratitude to friends and strangers seems to give it even more power. It feels great to share it with others. This made me get into the habit of looking for things to be grateful for. Thank you LaShanda!
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” - Melody Beattie
Higher Purpose Healing 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge Prize Winners:
Detoxification Consultation with LaShanda Greene: Callie L.
"Healing Starts Now" Herbal Detox Kit (Heal All Tea + Moringa): Suzanne R.
"Take Back Your Health" Herbal Detox Kit (FAB 4 + Moringa): Joshua B.
By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
"You know, when we think, I have nothing to do, just remember when you were a child, you couldn't even eat your own food. A baby needs to be fed by the mother, right? Somebody needs to feed a baby or an old person. Nature has made arrangements in such a way that you are taken care of, in the beginning and at the end.
If you see reality, divinity is taking care of you throughout your life. You were taken care of when we couldn't walk. Someone fed you, someone comforted you, someone put you to sleep. Somebody will take care of you towards the end of your life. That’s not a person, who is taking total responsibility for everything.
That consciousness gave you love as a father, a mother, a teacher, a sister. It is the big mind that has been comforting you as a friend, a partner. One consciousness has played all those roles.
If you cannot understand this right away, just have some patience. You can go deep in meditation or study physics.
A physicist will call different substances or particulars as one wave. It’s one electricity that is becoming the fan and the light bulb. The mind can argue: what does the fan have to do with light? This mind is not intelligent or informed enough. Almost everything - the television, fan, air conditioner, light bulb, water system - is run by electricity. In the same way, the whole universe is run by consciousness.
...Divine love will take care of you but don’t keep thinking about it as though that is the main problem. You know, love means letting go, not trying to grab. If you think god loves you, then god knows what is best for you. He doesn’t need your recommendation. You see what I am saying? Nature knows. It will take care of things. We do our best, and leave the rest to nature."