This can be seen in the media everyday when we hear of scandals regarding people in high stakes, competitive work cultures, covertly indulging in dark and highly riskay forms of recreation.
To maintain that extreme level of drive, focus and aggressiveness without surrendering to our innate instinct to let ourselves be nourished with rest, pleasure and play is to, in time, distort a naturally healthy primordial urge. The longer one deprives oneself of feminine nourishment, the more tempting extreme expressions of it become. … More How Your Self Care Can Cure a Global Hunger!
what would have happened had I not attended that one hour vigil in those 4 days? I think I would have felt like I was walking around with an emotional hole in my being from my neck to my navel. A big, aching, vulnerable hole. I could easily see myself spending the whole of many years trying to fill or numb that aching hole…Sure, I have my morning routine of chanting, yoga, meditation, water etc. but none of it can come even close to giving me the release, embrace, closure and healing that I experienced in those 4 days in Mexico. … More How Community and Tradition Preserve Our Humanity
What would life be like if we all did our due diligence regularly to keep our affairs in order? How would we respond to the arrival of our death? I imagine a life lived with a full heart, courage, wisdom, followed by a peaceful death…Having scheduled time like this to reboot in such a thorough manner, can create a rhythm in our lives that anchors us among the inevitable changes that shake our equilibrium. They also serve as a great way to gain self knowledge. During times of trial, they can serve as a coveted respite and when life is in our favor, a time to savor and celebrate. … More How To Press The Reset Button On Your Whole Life
Isn’t this the missing piece that makes all the difference when navigating a rough patch in our lives?, that precious clarity that cuts through the heart of difficult situations and makes the fog disperse? Acceptance for where we are, in all its sometimes, humiliating messiness, is the precursor of this beloved.. … More How Gratitude Grows Your Stress Resilience
Gratitude expands and widens. To choose to open up to it in the midst of feeling vulnerable and raw is nothing less than brave and a statement of choosing life…The weight and tenderness of raw sadness when fully allowed sinks us into deeper levels of feeling. As if with every navigation through pain and heartbreak a deeper well of feeling is unearthed and equally deep and enjoyable feelings can then be experienced. … More What This Cowboy Teaches Us About The Power of Sadness
Gratitude if used, can be a basic mental/emotional self care habit that is as powerful as drinking more water, sleeping more, exercising and meditation. Its one of those that no matter who you are, what you believe, what religion you follow , how old you are etc. it will reap benefits almost immediately. … More Why This Thought to be New Age Fluff Practice Actually Works
These ancient traditions meet very basic human needs that the gloss and shine of modern life cannot satisfy. We humans have figured out over the millennia that having these communal pauses makes the changes easier to ride. There is an anchoring to something bigger then ourselves when societies make time for these rites of passage….At the end of this major and intimate societal pause, one is a little more whole-hearted, the fear of death is soothed and deeper value for life is strengthened. How would our society be like if the majority of us celebrated death? … More How We Live More, When We Embrace Death