Balancing peace and happiness amid the hectic pace of every day life can be quite challenging. Some of us are naturally happy and peaceful, yet not all of us are wired that way. We can all get in dysfunctional ruts. What practices can we include in our days to make them seem brighter and calmer in the midst of winter doldrums and/or days of depression?
The act of balancing requires focusing our attention on a desire to be balanced. How many times do we tell ourselves that we want balance, peace and happiness in our daily lives, but soon settle for our comfortable habits that pay no attention to these desires?
We might even act out and do the opposite, engaging in self-sabotaging behaviors just to prove to ourselves that we are in charge of ourselves, when the total opposite may be true. Without conscious effort it is easy to stay in a negative or depressing loop.
We may not realize it, but that is a choice we are actively making. Focusing our mental energy on the goal of balancing our life is the surprising answer to bringing peace and happiness to our life. No matter how long we might have struggled with this problem in the past, it is possible to fix this. Know that it is not impossible.
It is important to pay attention to our energy, especially to how we energize our thoughts. Whatever we think about, we bring about. If we do not like how we are feeling, it is vital we change how we are thinking. As a matter of fact, if we refuse to change how we are thinking, there is absolutely nothing anyone else can say or do that will change how we feel. Only we can do that. Yes, it is possible to do that.
We are not the victims of our thoughts. Thoughts do not think us. We think our thoughts. We have the ability to change our thoughts at any given moment. This particular point usually infuriates us the first time we hear it. However, this is a true statement and is encouraging for us to acknowledge this.
If we want to improve in balancing our lives with peace and happiness, we can ask ourselves these questions:
Do I weigh myself down with a victim consciousness, or martyr complex?
How is my self-esteem?
What messages do I constantly tell myself?
Do I find I need to explain myself to others?
Do I feel the need to justify my actions?
Do I believe in myself?
Am I a control freak?
Do I have a passive/aggressive personality, trying to solve other life issues outside of myself by aggressively controlling the inside of myself through my diet, exercise or any other means of not addressing the issue head on?
Do I allow others to speak to me in disrespectful ways?
Do I allow others to treat me in disrespectful ways?
Am I honest with myself?
How is my health?
How is my diet?
How is my weight?
How is my attitude?
How is my mental health?
How is my emotional health?
How is my spiritual health?
Do I approach life as a daily struggle, concentrating on my work load and to-do-lists, which are outside of me, rather than working on my own character development inside of my heart, mind and soul?
Do I have addictions to food, alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex or any other addiction?
Do I live my life as an imaginary or real fight against the ideologies of others?
Do I make time for exercise in my daily life to the level that is appropriate for me, either gentle stretches, walking, going to the gym, Yoga or other forms of exercise?
Do I take time to pray?
Do I take time to meditate?
Do I contemplate?
Do I really listen?
Do I listen with an answer running, which is not really listening at all?
Do I read or listen to audio books to learn or be inspired?
Do I give myself permission to change my mind when new information presents itself?
Can I admit when I am wrong?
Do I forgive* myself when I am in the wrong?
Do I forgive* others when they wrong me?
*A quick note regarding forgiveness here is, holding on to grudges and non-forgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.
The winter months are the perfect time for personal reflection on what can truly bring us peace and happiness, both of which bring balance to our days as a positive side benefit.
Energy-workers in all healing arts professions are invited to attend a four-day intensive New Paradigm Multidimensional Transformation (NPMDT)
Class taking place April 25-28, 2019 in the Sturbridge, Massachusetts area.
NPMDT is open to all those who are interested in working with the highest vibrational energies on the planet at this time. While this class is open to all levels of Reiki practitioners including Reiki Master Teachers, and every other energy healing system currently being taught and practiced, it is open to anyone who feels drawn to take this class. There is no prerequisite.
This is an intensive four-day class running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Students provide their own morning and afternoon snacks, as well as their own lunches.
NPMDT benefits individuals by freeing constrictive mind, body and spirit concepts, with no negative side effects. It is a way of moving past what no longer serves individuals by unblocking self-imposed and other restrictions. It empowers individuals through breath and guided meditations to deeper realizations of existence. Practice sessions working with the NPMDT energies are part of the class. Students will work individually and with others.
NPMDT will be working specifically with the 13 dimensional chakra system, including the multidimensional auric system; crystals, grids for individual’s home and the earth; sound vibrational energies, and mindfulness awareness. In addition, students will have time to share their experiences with the class.
Anyone ready for a positive shift to move forward in your personal and/or professional life using NPMDT is asked to register with me at email@example.com. This class is $600, with a $200 deposit due by February 1; and two payments of $200 each due on March 1 and April 1 respectively.
A fascinating way to discover accurate history, ancient history and antediluvian history
is to read my latest historical fiction book MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS prior to the Christmas holiday season. So many people say the reason for the season is not exactly what the truth reveals. The subtitle of this book is CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED.
What modern day Christmas enthusiasts have done is like taking a roll of factory made cookie dough out of the refrigerator, putting it into a bowl, mixing it up, repackaging it into a square shape, and handing it out to your neighbors saying that what this really is , is your starter dough for a new bread recipe.
This book begins at the Christmas by Candlelight Celebration held at Old Sturbridge Village, an 1830’s living museum. Brie is the 13 year old female heroine who comes forth in this day and time when the world is in need of light, love and understanding of world events. By better understanding our history, human beings of every race, color, creed, gender in every country on this planet, can make better decisions affecting our every day lives, the our futures.
Brie attends the Christmas By Candlelight Celebration with her cousin and best friend, Abby, their brothers, mothers and Grammy Rose. The family lives in the town of Mendon, Massachusetts where I grew up. Readers will find familiar fond references to Lake Nipmuc, the Nipmuc Indians in the greater area from Rhode Island to the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire to western New England, the history of Morgan horses named after Justin Morgan who owned the first of this breed in America, and the Rev. Adin Ballou who began the first commune in the neighboring town of Hopedale and the effects still lingering today.
By a life-altering event while at this celebration, half the family spirals back in time to experience and discover first hand what they had studied in school in history classes, becoming part of the very fabric of history itself. Brie babysits baby Jesus until he is two years old, encounters the Magi when they make their memorable appearance, and further back in time, interacting with Noah and the Nephilim, later meeting Alexander the Great and the time of the Sanctuary of the Great God’s and Greeks conquering the Medes and the Persians, up to the time of the Romans, how immigrants flocked to America for freedom from oppression and a better way to live, and how the Panic of 1837 affected the residents of Old Sturbridge Village.
Meanwhile the other half of the family learns unlikely connections between President Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, who share the same birthday, and learn by attending the Friends Quaker Meetinghouse all about how the Underground Railroad flourished in this area. They also about all of the writings of Charles Dickens while touring the Freeman Farmhouse. The Freeman Farm was an actual real working farm in real time in Sturbridge in the 1830s. Readers will learn how Silas Freeman, the youngest son of Pliny and Delia Freeman, chose to switch careers from farming to become a driver for the Stagecoach travel system through Hartford, Worcester and Providence. The family also experiences an encounter with a wolf while enjoying the outdoor living manger scene featuring a Bactrian camel, in a fictional cooperative venture with Southwick’s Zoo, a real attraction in Mendon, Massachusetts.
Modern day Christians say that Jesus is the reason for the season. This is half true. Today we acknowledge the birthday of Jesus on December 25. But it was most likely in late September or early October, when the people could walk the roads to the city in which they were born to fulfill the decree of Caesar Augustus for all the inhabited earth to be registered. Also, December 25 would be far too cold for the sheep to be out in the fields grazing on frozen blades of grass, nor would the shepherds be able to follow them over icy rocks nor sleep by night on the snow and icy ground.
Reading this book will reveal the lesser known, true origin of all of today’s Christmas customs and traditions, like mistletoe, decorated trees, wreaths and specialty foods, which were born some 2,000 years earlier.
This book is the first in the MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS series. There have already two successful book signings, selling out at Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Millbury, MA, and The Bird Store And More in Sturbridge, MA. While this book is rated for people of all ages, I personally think that it is best understood from pre-teen to adult.
We are our brothers and sisters keepers. No man is an island. We are here on this planet
at this very point in time for a reason, a mission, our dharma. We do not carry on our lives in a vacuum. We need other people and other people need us.
Fear of scarcity of earthly resources and lack of homes, finances and a host of other things to fear is at the root of today’s social crisis. Greed seems to capture the attention of people in today’s national and global agendas. But the reason greed appears to be the problem of what is going on in the United States of America, as well as many other countries in the world, is that people beating the drum of greed are really saying that if we give and share more, there won’t be enough to go around. This is what fear looks like.
The earth, particularly the United States of America, certainly has enough room and resources to share with the immigrants of today, just as it took care of us, our parents and grandparents in generations before we were here. A recent trip from California to Massachusetts and the states in between demonstrated that to me first hand this spring. Fall foliage trips throughout the northeast USA also boasted of a plentiful land. There is more than enough room in this spacious country to host immigrants of other countries in need of food, shelter, clothing and safety.
Fear makes people look down a dark tunnel of non-reality. Take the subject of jobs for example. Rather than seeing that we are allowing in more doctors, nurses, scientists, and teachers, fear dehydrates the thought process to falsely believe they want our very own jobs. Opportunity and growth happens with more ideas and workforce, not less.
Whether we are discussing the differences in race, color, ethnicity, creed, gender, or political or financial status, we must realize that on this planet, there is only one race, the human race.
Sometimes we try to hide our prejudices behind other reasons, to justify the positions we take about gender, politics, social or financial status, the environment, religion, or any other way we human beings use to suppress the voice of others.
We are more alike than any difference we profess.
The root cause of prejudice is fear, not hatred. While certain groups may be extremely angry about an issue, the underlying cause of anger is fear.
Why are we so afraid of other people, their belief system, their culture, their gender?
Think of how we respond to someone expressing a different viewpoint, or addressing uncomfortable issues such as immigration, politics, homelessness and hungry children in our country and the world.
Fear promotes radical groups in any of the human categories mentioned. If we are truly serious about fixing our world, before we can build any bridges to repair the damage we have caused, we must eradicate the root cause of fear.
War, murder and killing are not communication skills.
Although we have made great progress in many countries in the world on various forms of prejudice in years gone by, we have greatly regressed these past few years.
Along with the vote giving voice to prejudice as a positive trait they think human beings ought to have, inciting actions that harm life among certain factions of human beings in the USA, it has also given voice to the extreme fascists living among us. To act to the detriment of people based on prejudices is not an opinion, it is a crime.
There is more to do, more to share, more to learn, more to understand, more to forgive, more to let go. It is not about being right, or wrong, or making others right or wrong. There is no way to make up for the loss of life through war, violence, bloodshed, or retaliation. Two wrongs do not make a right. We need to build bridges to and for all people everywhere.
Despite all our unique differences, we all share this one beautiful planet. We are all born in the same way, we all breathe air while we are here, and we all die. We are all having a shared human experience. Our life is in our blood, without which we would cease to be. No one soul is better than any other soul on this planet, no matter what our pride (insane ego) might be telling us.
It is the radical element in every type of human being that makes us less than human. To make this point better, here is a partial list of every type of human being: LGBT, straight, man, woman, black, white, rich, poor, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, the hundreds of various religions, atheist, agnostic, tall, short, blue eyes, brown eyes, green eyes, hazel eyes, amber eyes, disabled, healthy; and people from America including Puerto Rico and Guam of course, Cuba, Canada, Central America, Mexico, South America, Australia, England, Portugal, France, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Albania, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Holland, Macedonia, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Belgium, Monaco, Spain, Greenland, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, India, Syria, Israel, Jordan, China, Tibet, Saudi Arabia, EUA, Africa, Yemen, Oman, Mongolia, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, South Korea, North Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the rest of the 193 countries in our beautiful world.
Not every person in every country is a criminal, nor a terrorist. It is time we focus on what brings us together, and heal what is broken with love, understanding, empathy, and stop vilifying every other person who is not like us, or believe exactly the way we do. We need to promote justice with fairness rather than bullying ego.