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Moving Beyond Disappointment

There is an excitement in imagining opportunity manifest. When opportunity arises and we truly believe ourselves to deserve it, we start to see and feel ourselves experiencing what it is that we want. We imagine it so completely we begin to engage our senses. We may even start to communicate to our friends that it is “happening!” Then we get the notice that we were not chosen.

It is disappointing.

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We are not Bystanders and Our Choices will Ripple

People like the freedom of choice as it helps them to perceive that they have control. Blind obedience due to conditioning can lead to a weak sense approach to thinking and behavior.

People assume that prepared food, water, environment are safe. Yet it’s proving to be toxic and addictive. We can no longer be bystanders or expect to be saved by scientific, technological, and medical miracles.

There is a challenge between individual freedom and policy change. Most people still believe that environmental protection is up to the government and don’t pay attention to how their actions can contribute to environmental pollution, or protection.

Education, research credibility, self-reflection, emotional healing, and policy change are necessary actions that are in need of implementation.

The paradox is that we have become addicted to the very behaviors we need for survival in our current system: eating, sex, and money.

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Awareness Requires Space

Most of us are too busy, too ambitious, or too stressed to take a time out, and pause, to become receptive to the insight inspired in the empty moments. The fast pace of life, if you let it, clouds clear realization into knowing our capacity, which may in turn cloud our ability to be realistic about our efforts. Many of us are biting off more than we can chew, feeling overwhelmed, and wiped out. Routine becomes an enemy of time, obligation an enemy of spontaneity, busyness an enemy of awareness. Many of us awake and wonder where the time has gone, where our health has gone, where the sparks of joy, creativity, and sanctuary that bring us back to life has gone. Stop!

Awareness requires space.

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The Contrast of Karma has an Important Role for Evolution

Yoga tells us that Karma is certain. Every thought, word, and action has a vibrational energy that consciously, or unconsciously, creates our reality experience. Einstein told us that the Universe is curved, supporting Newton’s Law and the Law of Karma that everything will eventually, and inevitably come back to us. Yoga offers us several gems of metaphor to inspire magical shifts in perspective assisting us in freedom from the contrasts of the Karmic wheel. The practice of yoga inspires consciousness in the present moment, so as to allow us the willingness into the co-creation of the energy we are actually driving.

The contrast of Karma has an important role for evolution. It guides us like a treasure map to journey into the mysteries of who we are. The practice of yoga offers us clues into who we are.

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What I learned working in a Psychiatric Hospital

I spent a year working in a Psychiatric Hospital post graduate school, and I had seen and learned all that I will as a Mental Health Counselor. I remember my yoga teacher Sharon Gannon stating that we all do the best we can in each moment according to each moment. I am proud of myself to state that I did my best. I did good! I was in a full time position with the Adolescent Unit, working with children the ages of 12-17. I also worked (what I would consider) too often on the Adult Intensive Unit, with adults who were diagnosed psychotic. My job was to keep people calm, keep people alive, prevent violence, and promote stabilization. I was also a leader of daily psychotherapy and educational groups. Most patients came from the ER post suicide attempt, or transported from the police station.

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The “Big” Choices

Perhaps the biggest choices with the most profound effects aren’t the choices we as a culture consider to be the “Big” choices. For example, we may all think the “Big” choices are concerned with job, marriage/divorce, home, family, etc. Perhaps these are more causality.

The “Big” choices I am communicating about are the (subconscious to conscious) choices we make in the moment by moment scenarios of our life. The choices we make about how we choose to show up to our lives and how we choose to conduct our perspective, and contact with our environments. The choices we make in the silent moments, such as, when we awake from sleep.

Perhaps the “Biggest” choices with the most profound effects are the choices we make to live this life with integrity. To live with a goal to be compassionate, patient, empathetic, and open. Perhaps the most profound choice is to choose to share the wisdom of life, rather than the woe.

I truly believe that these are the most profound choices, the really “big” choices, that effect our health, as individuals, and as part and parcel to the collective.

Attitude is everything.

Imagination Explorations

Patanjali, author of The Yoga Sutras, shares that there are five states of mental activity; understanding, misunderstanding, memory, sleeping, and imagination.  Imagination seems to be a challenging mental activity for those of us raised and living in our current cultural, social, educational, and economic system.  Or so we remember.  How often do we as adults imagine, like we did as a child? I remember my childhood imagination explorations including faeries, castles, mythical creatures, dances, romances, flying, time traveling, body swapping, etc.

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Know your Instrument

When we have a clear realization about our capacity, we can be realistic about our effort.  Stress and anxiety often comes from too much expectation, or too much ambition.  Knowing your capacity can help in setting limits and boundaries to ensure that your efforts are in alignment with your truth, and values.  It’s hard to gage our future capacity, especially when we meet the moment of our previously filled schedules.  Calendars, work/survival responsibilities can offset presence, and distract us from our essence of joy, and the in-joy-ment of being alive.

Take a moment to explore what it is you truly value in life, and set your priorities towards that. I have come to experience that when I am doing and experiencing a life I love to live that my standards for living simplify, that my calendar clears to allow for spontaneous creativity, that my nervous system calms, that I have the capacity to show up to the moment by moment scenarios of my life, and greet them with an open and warm heart.

Shannon Connell