Nurturing Spirit

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March 2017

Posted by on March 10, 2017 at 10:50 AM

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."  - Leo Tolstoy

Change, the only constant in the world. The oxymoron of all oxymorons, how we deal with change has everything to do with how we heal our lives. If we see change as this great big scary unknown that lurks in the shadows waiting to pounce on our oh so perfect lives, how can we ever be at peace? We would live our life in a state of constant panic, stress and fear, which many do, and  in turn this leads to states of anxiety, depression, agitation and even physical illness.

If we would just stop, close our eyes, take a deep breath, release the breath, and open our eyes again... we could then ask, what do you see?  

Right now, right in front of you, what do you see? that is your reality, at this moment in time, that is all you need to engage in. Concentrate on your breathe, not your past mistakes, not the unknown future, just now, breathing calmly in and out. How we choose to see the world is up to us, we can perceive it as it is calmly or we can make up a reality in our head, fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, our body does not know the difference. If we feel we live in a big scary world and everyone is out to get us we will make ourselves unwell, if we just can't let go of our past mistakes or traumas and we relive them over and over in our head, we will make ourselves unwell. If we worry about the changes in our lives that may or may not happen such as getting hit by a bus or losing one's job or losing a loved one, we will make ourselves unwell,  it's just how things work here. Now it is not to say we can't plan for the future or ever reminisce about the past, our minds are amazing time travelers that are unlimited by time and space, however we cannot take up residence in these places either. We reside for the time being in our bodies in the present moment, that should be where the majority of our presence should be spent. 

All change, even our own, begins in our mind. If we can learn to change our own thinking we can create miracles in our lives by simply shifting our perception. As an educator, if I could add any one curriculum to schools today it would be Mindfulness (being present). This could be taught in so many different ways, I know first hand because I teach a youth group and this is the basis of most of our studies. There are simple ways to add these teachings to schools like bringing in meditation for a few minutes a day to classrooms or walking meditations between classes. Learning to be present, to accept reality for what it really is teaches Peace, allows for Wisdom, connects us to Compassion, it really is priceless. Somewhere along the way we seem to have lost something called accountability, and along with it Empowerment. The first step to reclaiming your power is to become accountable for your thoughts. This will then over time lead to accountability of your actions towards yourself and towards those you encounter in your life. Those encounters and how you then respond to the needs of yourself and to others leads to an awareness of a powerful sacred space within each of us where healing, balance, and joy reside in a very real and very constant state. It all begins with the simple act of just taking a deep breathe. For now that's all you need to do, take a few minutes a day to just Breathe. After a week or two make it two times a day or even three if you desire. You can use deep breathing whenever you feel you need a minute to clear your head and take a reality check. For more resources on Breathe work check out Matt Kahn's latest video on Youtube All is well or Dr. Andrew Weil's 4-7-8 breathe work at  Take a few minutes to make this easy but profound change in your life, add some deep breathwork to your day and step on the path to reconnect with your inner sacred space. Kate

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