by Catherine DeAngelis
What is it about our need to be in balance – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and are we listening?
From family doctors to our employers, though rare, may encourage us to occasionally stop, take a deep breath-in and deep breath-out, see what is around us, and go ahead through our day with as much empathy and compassion for our fellow workers, family or friends.
Scientists have proven we are in a constant state of “doing,” rather than “being.” This might hold different meanings for different people, but generally, it means to feel like all of our mental, and physical elements of our body are out of alignment, and need to be brought back into alignment. It sounds like a task for Chiropractor who can diagnose, treat and prevent health problems through the proper alignment of the spinal column. Maybe! Or perhaps, when we become aware that it is time to do a mindful check-in, because we feel out of alignment, then it is at this state that we learn to take seriously what is happening to make us “feel off.”
A body, mind connection is to understand the purpose of how we respond, emotionally, physically and spiritually to daily living. At home, at work, while being active or during our activities with family, friends and community. How do we get to the place of knowing ourselves better? This place is to know enough about who we are, and ignite an inner centeredness, to bring balanced-wellness to our being, while we are in the midst of our constantly “doing.”
Mark Nepo is a poet, philosopher and a cancer survivor, author of The Book Of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present in the Life You Have. This bestseller earned the praise of a ‘Spiritual First Aid Kit’- it provides a perpetual year’s supply of inspirational essays.
In a television interview, Nepo explained the meaning for ‘being centered.’ He said that “it is very hard for many of us to get there and stay there, by being centered, is how do we stay authentic and ever aware how precious it is just to be alive. Being human we drift in and out of that – it is just normal and so how does love and suffering help us come back to that or experience this.”
Nepo’s book came as a result of his experience with cancer which moved him to try to give something back and to put it together as small doses of things that matter. For readers, he says they can go through it as a journey through the year or can open it up anywhere and have enough to get through the day. A reader may find it as a place to find connectedness in all things as Nepo explains “trying to find and welcome where all the spiritual paths meet in the middle, not how we are different, but how we are the same. It’s about how to listen with our hearts, and really take each other in, we are really not that different, and we need each other to be whole to get through the day.”
The property of mindfulness or prayer belongs to no particular religion or group of people and neither does the practice of daily praying or meditating belong to only Buddhists. Anyone can sit mindfully under a tree, or kneel on a bench to find a moment to pray for e.g. empathy of others or compassion for ourselves.
More and more scientists are discovering, there are benefits in the practice of contemplative prayer, silence, or use of mindfulness to create a state of being and not doing to help manage stress and combat minor to severe illnesses. Practice is open to all faiths. It is astounding the rewards people report how prayer and meditation bring balance to mental health and well-being.
For resilience, recite a prayer, chant a veda or a mantra, say a blessing, and accompany it by lighting a candle or some incense, hold prayer beads to set in motion a formal or informal setting toward a quiet time for contemplation and thoughtful prayer, or walk a path and be guided by the simple wonders of our world and the grandness of its intelligent design.
Open yourself up to intuition, to the natural release of energy – both positive and negative – and to self-awareness.
- Check in mindfully each day, the moment your feet hit the floor next to your bed – it is as vital as the air you breathe.
- Simply take a few seconds by taking yourself to a calming yet brisk awareness of the ‘here and now.’
- Begin this mindful check in, by feeling into the body and mind, simply allowing waves of thoughts, emotions and physical sensations to just be.
- Breathe, Inhale, Exhale — No need to judge.
- Just let it be.
- Breathe, Inhale, Exhale.
- Formal breathing practice can be done anywhere anytime.
- Listen to all that is around you!
Enjoy one of the traditional core practices of Mindfulness meditation and be thankful to yourself for having taken the time to participate in your health and well-being.
“To See with Love”
Enlightenment is intimacy with all things – Jack Kornfield
“Each of us spins repeatedly from blindness to radiance, from dividedness to wholeness, and it is our impulse to stay in touch with all that is alive that keeps us from staying lost. It is the impulse to be intimate.
It brings to mind the young, blind French boy, Jacques Lusseyran, who, in learning how to navigate his way among other forms of life in his darkness, stumbled onto the secret of undivided living.
Young Lusseyran said, “It is more than seeing them, it is tuning in on them and allowing the current they hold to connect with one’s own, like electricity. To put it differently, this means an end of living in front of things and a beginning of living with them. Never mind if the word sounds shocking, for this is love.
To live with things and not in front of them, to no longer watch, but to realize that we are part of everything we see – this is the love that keeps moving us back into wholeness when divided. To love by admitting our connection to everything is how we stay well. Allowing the current of another’s inwardness to connect with our own is the beginning of both intimacy and enlightenment.”
- Close our eyes and be still until you can sense the presence of the things about you.
- Breathe softly and feel the current of their silence.
- Breathe evenly and open your heart to all that you sense.
- Feel the electricity of being that informs the world.”
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