Inner Peace Improves Creativity

Inner peace improves creativity.

Based on my experience as a creative person, inner peace takes us to a different place that improves our ability to come up with fresh ideas.

Brainstorming Is Not Creativity

I have nothing against brainstorming – either by yourself or with others. But here’s the thing: brainstorming is often about what we already know.

When we get together with others we each take what we know and pool it with everyone else’s knowledge and come up with an idea or strategy. This is great up to a point and in increasingly complex institutional environments can be very useful – after all, there is too much for any one person to know.

When we brainstorm we mostly rehash what we know. Unfortunately, it is usually linear, left brained activity meant to enhance the status quo.

Brainstorming, then, can be limited in what it considers as potential ideas. It may be limited to what exists and what others will accept.

So is it creativity?

What Is Creativity?According to one online dictionary, creativity is:

  • the state or quality of being creative
  • the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.;
  •  originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts. the process by which one utilizes creative ability: Extensive reading stimulated his creativity.

What is key in the definition is the word, imagination. Imagination is a right brained activity. It claims the connections that we cannot make any other way. It offers us the unknown for our progress in solving a problem or developing something new.

Is Imagination Endangered?

Left brained mental processes have dominated human culture in the West for centuries. They are an outgrowth of the scientific method which is evidence based and relies on the material world.

Imagination is elusive. It is energy based and connected to the universal field, the source of all intelligence in the universe.

Science developed as an antidote to superstition. It does not respect the spiritual, psychic and energetic realms, although that is beginning to change a little. The discredited realms of modern life are also the home of the imagination, which we find cute and interesting in children, not adults.

The Universal Field And Creativity

The universal field is an important support of human life. It is the emptiness and silence of oneness where those wild ideas of the imagination come from. It is, therefore, a great resource for our creative endeavors.

Here’s the rub.

You cannot force it.

You have to be open to it.

Creative ideas require that we are receptive to them or they cannot make their way to us because we have closed ourselves off to them. Receptivity is a feminine quality and one that is discredited in modern culture. Therefore many are often not receptive to new ideas and it is not just an individual problem it is also a societal problem.

Those who are in touch with their imaginations, their creativity and the universal field may find themselves isolated and have difficulty communicating their ideas and gaining acceptance for them. How many people are really open to and in touch with the universal field?

Inner Peace And Creativity

Creative challenges aside, the universal field is our source for creative support. Interestingly, we learn to move into its stillness through meditation. Yes, the same meditation that helps us find inner peace.  Meditation helps us let go of the petty difficulties of everyday life. It helps us become more comfortable with silence than the drama of everyday life.

In doing so, we quiet the mental chatter that distracts us from our creative source and allow ourselves to receive new information. We open ourselves to new possibilities simply by being open to the universal silence. Meditation helps us find inner peace and in doing so also helps us find and embrace our creative potential.

HSP Toolbox: Breathing Meditation

In the article How You Breathe Matters, Maria Hill discussed the importance of breath and oxygen to the body, especially for highly sensitive people. She explains that when we are stressed, our body runs on emergency stores of oxygen as our breath becomes quick and shallow. In a stimulating and extraverted world, highly sensitive people need to begin the habit of stopping and tuning into the breath to make sure they are nourishing themselves with stress-relieving oxygen.

Breathing Meditation

This exercise is great for meditators of every level and easy to do in any environment.

  1. Direct your attention to your breath. Listen to it. Feel it. Take note of the way it sounds and how it feels passing through your nostrils and down your throat.
  2. Don’t worry about changing your breath, but you might naturally breathe deeper just because you’re paying attention.
  3. Make room for your breath by adjusting your posture; try to sit up straight with shoulders back and hands in your lap or by your sides. Imagine the crown of your head floating toward the sky.
  4. Fix your eyes on one spot in front of you or on the floor. You can also close your eyes if you’d like.
  5. The most important part: smile. Just a small lift of the corners of your lips will do. (You can try doing this meditation without smiling. Note the difference.)
  6. Count through eight (8) cycles of breath. That means one inhale and one exhale equals one cycle.
  7. When you’re done, you can choose to keep going or go about your business.

Benefits

  • Redirects awareness away from external stimuli and stressful circumstances.
  • Increases oxygen intake.
  • Resets breathing pattern.
  • Enhances mood, especially if you smile!
  • Discrete and non-disruptive.
  • Can be done anywhere at anytime.
  • Cultivates mindfulness.

Building the Habit

Breathing meditation has no prerequisites. You can do it in the morning or before bed. You can do it on your commute or in the shower. You don’t need a meditation cushion or special posture. This exercise is meant to be a natural part of your everyday life. After a few sessions and experiencing the benefits, you might find yourself weaving it into your daily regimen. Just keep it in your self-care toolbox and use it whenever you need to refocus.

An Easy Way To Discharge Stressed Out Energy

Nature is one of the most powerful and natural healing modalities available to us and yet it is largely untapped as a healing resource.

We highly sensitive people are more vulnerable  to a stressed nervous system  from the high levels of stimulation that are so rampant in our western culture.

Over my lifetime I have tried many modalities to relieve myself from the excessive stress out feeling I get from being ‘out’ in the world. What I have found is that Nature is the one consistent place my body, mind and spirit automatically relaxes and comes into a state of harmonious synchrony.

One way nature creates this nervous system balance is by helping us to shift our attention from thinking to sensing. The sights, smells, sounds and general energy level of nature is a lot more harmonious and attractive than the loud and discordant stimuli so often found in cities, the workplace and even our homes when the T.V is on.

How Your Heart Field CanRelieve Stressed Out Energy

Studies have shown that when you shift to sensing you alter the electromagnetic field of your heart. This causes the heart rate to slow as well as bringing the two parts of the nervous system into a dynamic state of alert relaxation.

The quickest and easiest way to bring yourself into this state which scientists call coherence is by actively seeking out that which you find attractive. Appreciation for beauty activates the heart’s energy field. Science has shown the size of the heart’s electromagnetic field is much larger than the brain’s. This means that the rest of the body and mind will entrain to it which creates that much sort after state of relaxed ease and openness.

The more you practice direct perception and appreciation the more you will move out of ordinary thinking and into pure consciousness. It is in this state you are able to deeply rest, rejuvenate, decompress and discharge all the chaotic stressed energies that are the seeds of so much dis-ease.

Even if you are not near natural wild places you can still look around you and seek out the beauty of nature. You can actively notice the gentle sway of a tree branch, the rustling of leaves in the breeze, the fluffy white clouds silhouetted against the deep blue sky or the delicious fragrance of daffodils coming into bloom, signaling spring and a time of rejuvenation and new beginnings.

Appreciating Beauty Meditation

Try the following ‘Appreciating Beauty Meditation’ taken from Empowered Nature Meditations; for Personal & Planetary Healing

1. Look around you and find something that attracts your attention. It would be better if this were something from nature such as a rock, a tree, or a flower. Gently bring your full awareness to the object you find beautiful. Become aware of the elegance of its shape, the intensity of its color, the light on its surface, and the specific presence of the item. Ask yourself what makes this item unique?

2. Imagine you are taking in the essence of this object. Breathe in its best qualities as if you could absorb those qualities into yourself.

3. Look at the tiniest detail and notice how each aspect contributes to the whole.

4. Now look at the entire object and sense its grandeur even though it might be small and subtle. Practice going from the small to the large view. Now try to see the object as huge, and then bring it back to normal size.

5. Blur the focus of your vision slightly and try to see a glow around the object. Can you sense a radiation of any kind from it? Ask yourself what is it you like about this object? What aspects stand out for you? These are the qualities that you already possess.

6. As you go about your day pay attention to your surroundings. Look for what you find beautiful around you. Appreciate the beauty and breathe it into yourself.

 

 

Overstimulation: How Subtle Energy Overwhelms An HSP

So – you’re an HSP and have overstimulation issues?

It’s a huge challenge trying to handle it.

I am sure that it always has been but in our current culture where ridiculous amounts of stimulation are considered normal, it is particularly difficult to handle overstimulation for HSP’s.

The Problem Of Overstimulation For HSP’s

Because of their sensitive nervous systems, highly sensitive people pick up on all kinds of nuanced subtle energy going on around them. The most minute ripple of energy penetrates their awareness and takes a place in the consciousness of an HSP.

In our fast-paced world, many small awareness can build up and clog an HSP’s nervous system and mind. The resulting overstimulation is an important factor for HSP functioning and quality of life.

Highly sensitive people need to process every bit of information they receive. Not to do so feels wrong to many HSP’s and also take them out of their integrity. So what happens when each day the amount of information a person receives is overwhelming like an oncoming rush of water that never stops?

Handling Overstimulation And Locus Of Control

There are essentially two options for handling the overstimulation:

  • take time to process the information immediately
  • take in the information and process it immediately.

Each option has pitfalls.

Because highly sensitive people consider all information carefully, they are inevitably slower in their responses to stimulus. A highly sensitive person takes the information in, like a sponge takes in water.

HSP’s usually don’t like to lash out in a reactive way; they prefer to take in, sort out and respond to information. The HSP approach is likely to be a contemplative rather than a reactive one.

All of this takes time. Pressure to be fast can actually slow down a highly sensitive person since that pressure is more stimulus that they have to handle and only increases the overstimulation.

Unfortunately, a wonderfully thoughtful way of doing things can put an HSP at a disadvantage. Why? Because in a fast paced world, speed is often more highly valued than thoughtfulness and aggression over sensitivity.

What this means is that that the center of gravity and benefits of this world usually go to the fast, not the meticulous. The meticulous may end up cleaning up after the fast as HSP’s often find out.

It is important for highly sensitive people to recognize that that a time-based society like our consumer society has an external, time based locus of control. HSP’s have an internal locus of control, so they are at odds with the culture.

The culture will continually try to make them conform, but to do so brings out the worst in an HSP.

Meditation, stress handling techniques and other health enhancing habits can help an HSP maintain an intelligent relationship between their natural internal locus of control and the opposite demands of their culture. Therefore, highly sensitive people can help themselves a lot by seeking health and stress management tools to buffer an aggressive culture.

Meditation Increases Self Discipline And Self-Acceptance

You know the drill.  You are sensitive and therefore it is assumed that you are unstable.

And so you get marginalized. After all, sensitivity means you are not tough enough. It means you are unreliable.

NOT SO!

Researchers at the University of Toronto Scarborough discovered a link between sensitivity and self-discipline in their study about meditation. The study demonstrated that meditators were more accepting of their emotions which impacted their performance.

The Effect Of Meditation On Emotions

“Willpower … may relate to ‘emotional intelligence’,” said Michael Inzlicht, associate professor of psychology at UTSC. According to the study, meditators were more open to their emotions. This “emotional intelligence” has a strong impact on the ability of an individual to be disciplined on tasks.

When you meditate, and I am speaking from my 15+ years of experience with Transcendental Meditation, thoughts come and go. You do not attach to them. Sometimes they subside or stop. There is a flow to thoughts and feelings and the more you let the flow happen, the less likely you are to see them as part of your identity.

When you detach your identity from your thoughts and emotions, it is easier to accept them as part of the flow of life. You then take thoughts and emotions less personally and you become emotionally freer. Meditation promotes emotional freedom so that you can apply your energy to a task and stay with it because your emotions are not getting in the way so much.

Emotional Acceptance Trumps Mindful Awareness

According to the article, ” the researchers asked participants about their experience meditating, and gave tests that measured how mindful they were of the present moment, and also how aware and accepting they were of their emotions.

The researchers then hooked up participants to an electroencephalograph and gave them something called the Stroop test. In the test, participants are shown the name of a color written in letters of a different color – for instance, the word “red” spelled in green letters. Participants are asked to say the colour of the letters. The test requires them to suppress the tendency to read the word, and instead to concentrate on actual colors.

Meditators were generally better than non-meditators at the test… Looking further, the researchers found that the best performers were those who scored highest on emotional acceptance, and that mindful awareness – the more cognitive aspect of mindfulness ­– had less to do with success on the test. ”

Implications For Highly Sensitive People

Being highly sensitive means being aware of emotions. You cannot escape them. Being in touch with your emotions can be overwhelming and you quickly discover that you cannot respond to each one.

Although you have to process your feelings and make the wisest action choices that you can make, if you see them as part of the flow of life it will be easier to do so.

Whether you meditate or not, over time the practice of processing feelings and making decisions can become a practice that helps you develop both wisdom and self-discipline.

That is quite a gift from the supposed problem of being highly sensitive.

4 Steps To Emotional Health: Healing Energy Blocks

If you struggle with processing your feelings you are not alone.

As an HSP, it is often difficult to handle so many strong, overwhelming emotions. When too many  emotions remain unprocessed they can lead to emotional blocks. However, we sensitives are blessed with the gift of introspection.  It may seem like a curse at times but it is actually an advantage.

Why?

Because for highly sensitive people the mundane task of processing our emotions is what leads us to wisdom.

Step 1: Learn Where Energy Blocks Come From

According to Yogi Amrit Desai, founder of Kripalu Yoga in a June, 2010 article in Natural AwakeningsHealing the Root Cause of Addiction with Ayurveda A Natural Cure for Unhealthy Dependence by Linda Sechrist,  “…stressors—thoughts and reactions to our lifestyle, relationships, work environment and family life—are introduced through the ego mind.

Emotionally charged thoughts and feelings of blame, shame or guilt then get metabolized into our biological body system. Stored in the form of toxins and neuro-glandular imbalances, these feelings create energy blocks that prevent the free flow of energy, or prana, the body’s self-healing wisdom.

Energy blocks may take the form of muscular tensions and weakness in liver, kidney and digestive functions. Gradual decline results in a progressive deterioration of biological processes and consequently can manifest in external symptoms of fatigue, fear, anxiety and insecurity.”

Step 2: Embrace Emotional Metabolism

Metabolism comes from the greek word ” metabole” for change or transformation.

At any given time as we interact with our world we are in the process of metabolism – of perceptions, thoughts, feelings, emotions as well as material substances such as food and water.

All forms of life engage in metabolism, from plants to humans. When we are unable to metabolize a food it will clog our bodies. When we are unable to metabolize or process emotions, they will clog our system as well.  Ideally we process all food and experiences each day so that we are in a state of flowing with life.

If only it were that simple!

Step 3: Create A Daily Emotional Health Plan

It is often not  possible to process all information and feelings when they occur.

  1. you may be too busy
  2. the feelings may be too much to process in one day. Grieving a loss is a good example of that.
  3. you may have experienced long-term abuse which requires a long time to reach forgiveness and release.

There are a number of daily practices that you can engage in to help you with your emotional health:

  1. meditation like Transcendental Meditation is excellent.  It moves you into the more detached space of universal consciousness and therefore helps you release and heal negative emotions including those from the past.
  2. visualizations are a great way to change your emotions.  You can visualize a time of forgiveness, a time of joy in your life to move you forward, when feelings are keeping you stuck.
  3. journalling is one of the best emotional healing methods.  When you journal you release feelings out of your system onto a paper (or computer).  In doing so, you have taken them out of your body which frees you to work and enjoy your day. Journalling is particularly useful for healing the effects of abuse since you can keep releasing the hurt or angry feelings each day until they dissipate.
  4. energy healing practices like reiki and eft are also very useful for healing emotional problems because they release energy blocks and create a wonderful feeling of well-being.

Step 4: Finding Perspective

It can help to think of feelings as information and to notice when your feelings come from past or the present experiences.  When the feelings are the result of a past experience transferred onto the present, it is a sign that there is unfinished business in the past that must be dealt with.

The body has its wisdom and in some individuals who have experiences exceptionally abusive situations it will “store” emotions to be processed at a later date if that is what is needed to survive. Severely abused individuals, therefore, will have a lot of blocked energy and a great need for therapeutic solutions.  It is not a fault of people who have been badly abused that they have long-term issues including addiction and take a long time to heal.

Highly sensitive people and severely abused people should accept their healing process as a way of being generous to themselves which may be a new and uncomfortable experience. Engaging in healing practices reduces the potential for long term destructive addiction and other illnesses that are the complications of long term abuse. They also feel good and help us to be at our best.

Anyone who takes responsibility for their healing is part of a larger effort everywhere to reduce abuse and emotional harm on the planet. It is something to be very proud of.

Fixation On The Bad

I suspect that our fixation on the “bad” is a habit left over from our ancient past.”Bad” is a very problematic word.  Mostly because it is used to cover so much territory.

It can mean unpleasant, or refer to something that does not work well. When two people are in disagreement we may have a dysfunctional relationship, to cover our incompatibilities or developmental deficits.  It can mean inconvenient.  It can easily be used as code word for something else.

I suspect that bad may have been less social for our early ancestors. For them, bad may have been an unwelcome dinosaur coming for lunch, a storm or not enough basic necessities. Of course, bad could also have been any number of diseases that were not understood and had no cure. Bad could have been a visit from headhunters or other marauders, or the plague. Bad was often linked to challenges of our species living in a difficult physical environment.

As we seem to have conquered our environment, and that may be a matter up for debate, “bad” has become more ambiguous and that may be why people have so much difficulty with it and why it is so hard for people to feel good.

I think that feeling good is our normal state.  Many people like myself who meditate come to see bliss as our natural state and all the other stuff going on as distractions from our natural state. However, as long as we are being graded in one way or another by ourselves or other people and treated like we are on trial every day of our lives, most of us are probably going to have a hard time getting rid of the bad feelings that plague us.

Certainly, people have been judging each other for centuries. Perhaps it only seems worse because there are so many people on the planet now.  Seven billion people judging each other like crazy is a lot of social overhead that has to be dealt with.

For highly sensitive people, judgments, in particular, cause a lot of pain because they are not only felt acutely but also they are experienced in the body.  HSPs need to be particularly mindful about how clogged their systems can become with social judgment as well as other forms of pollution to prevent themselves from drowning in social pain.  Meditation, energy healing, and healthy dietary and lifestyle practices can do a lot to minimize bad feelings that HSPs are prone to have.

7 Baby Steps For Severe Stress Relief

When we are under stress particularly severe stress, we often want to run away from it because it is so painful. Highly sensitive people struggle more than others with severe stress because their nervous systems are so attuned to the world around them. We pick up every hurt and dissonance, take it in and then need to process it.  The hardest part is trying to make sense of it and find a resolution when it may be beyond our control to do so. We end up not only in pain but also feeling helpless and disempowered.

There is no easy solution to these problems.  But there are some steps you can take to help yourself.  Sometimes when we try to handle our severe stress we go to our heads when our bodies and souls are hurting.  Sometimes we reach for the ice cream or a pill.  There is no easy answer for an awake heart.  But it is our treasure and gift.  We need to see it as a shining jewel inside of us, one that is meant to be shared.

Treasuring our hearts also means respecting their limits and setting healthy boundaries which sounds so easy but is a challenge for highly sensitive people with their big hearts. One way to improve your stress is to take baby steps to reduce it. Here are some ideas:

  • meditate daily.  It helps heal stress and supports a healthy nervous system, particularly Transcendental Meditation.
  • get exercise, since it is a great stress reducer and help protect you from disease. Yoga and walking are great choices.
  • eat a stress reducing diet of whole grains, legumes, rice, vegetables, and fruit.
  • choose a vocation that is good for your heart.
  • choose social companions that are also good for your heart.
  • remove mean individuals from your life as much as possible.  You cannot change another person, but you can provide the feedback of not wanting to be around them and let them deal with their own behavior.
  • do what you can to support the humanitarian efforts being made around the globe as a way to support your heart.  Being a part of the solution is something to be proud of.

Each time you take steps to take care of your severe stress, your health and your heart, notice.  These are important and valuable actions that are worthy of your respect. By noticing how you contribute, you value yourself and all the little baby steps you make to create a better world.

Being a part of making a difference can only help you reduce stress, provided you take it one baby step at a time.

Massage Helps Heal PTSD

As an HSP with PTSD, I spent a lot of years confused and stressed.

When I first had my “delayed onset” symptoms of PTSD I did not know what they were—still less that highly sensitive people tend to have an excess of the stress hormone cortisol and also often suffer from poor sleep.

I am not sure if it’s my HSP mind or just me, but I am the queen of connecting up the dots—so I soon realized my PTSD symptoms were connected to an early childhood trauma—surgery on my ears with not enough ether. (Ether is traumatic enough!)

But figuring that out that didn’t help me sleep and didn’t relieve the PTSD.

I was “hyper aroused”—although I didn’t know the term. I did know my ears were ringing but stopped if I was out in nature.

Doctors didn’t seem to know what to do. Unfortunately, all they did was prescribe antidepressants. I was crying, so I must be depressed.  Right?  I mean sadness is always a symptom. (Or not!)

Of course, these strategies all interfere with sleep, so I was pretty frantic.

Massages To The Rescue

I was suffering so much that I started to look for solutions elsewhere. I sought the help of my chiropractor, who found a way to send me his massage therapist to my house every week, and billed my Blue Cross.

Boy was I lucky! This young man was not just a massage therapist, he was a healer. Bless him! I am sure, that his healing gift was one reason the massage helped my PTSD and insomnia.

Massage And The Healing Power Of The Laying On Of Hands

The beneficial effects of massages have been known since the beginning of recorded history. It was also called the “laying on of hands” by some and has an ancient and honored history. Essentially it heals through intention: if the intent of the person touching is to heal—healing is transmitted.

Although an ancient practice, massage is a currently a popular treatment for many conditions. On their website, the Mayo Clinic confirms the useful effects of massage therapy: “While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

  • Anxiety

  • Digestive disorders

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Headaches

  • Insomnia related to stress

  • Myofascial pain syndrome

  • Paresthesias and nerve pain

  • Soft tissue strains or injuries

  • Sports injuries

  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Of course “research” is only ”needed” so insurance companies will cover this.

The Mayo clinic goes on to add

“Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their massage therapist.”

Imagine that!

Fortunately, massage is now being researched. One example is from Oprah Winfrey’s website where she featured an article discussing the research of Mark Rapaport, M.D., the chairman of the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles:

 “[Neuroscientist] Rapaport’s curiosity led to a study, published last fall, that looked at 53 healthy adults who received one of two types of touch treatments. Blood tests revealed that those who had a Swedish massage with moderate pressure experienced decreases in stress hormones and increases in white blood cells, indicating a boost in the immune system. Meanwhile volunteers who had a “light touch” treatment showed higher levels of oxytocin, a hormone that promotes bonding. Based on the findings, Rapaport believes that massage might be effective in treating inflammatory and autoimmune conditions.”

No shit. Pardon my French.

I also had a few sessions of EMDR which helped me bring up the deeply buried pain and rage in way I could not have done alone.  According to the EMDR International Association,

“EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma.”

EMDR certainly helped. But massage? If I could have massage very week I don’t think I’d need any of the sleep meds I have. But the government does not provide massage.

More’s the pity.

Consider The Healing Benefits Of Massage

The good news for highly sensitive people is that many of the conditions that massages treat are ones that can affect us. Sometimes we even suffer from multiple conditions that are treatable with massage.

Given the extensive and proven benefits of massages, it is worth considering as a treatment for the various health conditions of highly sensitive people.

Entering The Aliveness

Aliveness!

We all seek it and it is all around us.

As a highly sensitive person, I love just being in the natural aliveness around me.

Aliveness And Its Substitutes

I have a hard time with all the substitutes for aliveness: entertainment, overwork, war. They jangle my nerves. I do not like drama all that much – mostly because it does not ring true but also because it seems so escapist.

Drama is often a substitute for living. It is a great way to organize people and harness their energy for some purpose, necessary or not. When we opt for drama we give up the precious aliveness of space. I think it is a poor trade.

Drama As Loss

Whenever I am around drama I experience such a sense of loss. I feel the loss of a precious home. I feel the sullying of perfect silence. Perhaps I am simply not endowed with an effusive love of busyness because it often seems silly. Some people seem to love it.

Perhaps I just miss the joy of space.

Why Do We Need To Get Ahead?

I do not understand all of the getting ahead.

Why?

When you see that we are all part of the universal energy, then what is there to get ahead of? Or perhaps who? The minute you separate yourself from the universal energy, you essentially are operating from an adversarial mind and not embracing the whole. Then you are definitely creating drama and missing out on simple joy.

Animals know this. That is why the animal kingdom is sometimes smarter than we are. There is no one to get ahead of. We are all part of the universe. I know that that idea is considered naive by some, but it is really dangerous to think otherwise because when we do we are creating the adversity that we do not like. The human mind can be a blessing or a curse. The more we engage in competition and comparisons ,the more adversarial we are and the less we live in the peace of space.

So why get ahead when you can simply be in the luxurious silence of wholeness?

I Love To Just Be

I love to just be, it’s my favorite thing to do. I have to keep reminding myself not to turn it into an aspiration, though. Learning to just be is not easy. It has taken many years of meditation to begin to relax. Probably because I am so sensitive.

I have to remind myself that I do not have to fix everything, I do not need to be necessary or essential and then I can relax.

Sometimes I have trouble relaxing because I see so many things that need doing. Since I am sensitive the things undone can be a source of irritation and make it hard for me to relax. I keep at it though, because no matter how much I get done nothing makes me happier than just being in the universal silence.

Then I feel I am at home.