“Light the candle of love.
Spread the rays of happiness in every direction in every breath.”
~ Amit Ray.
Category Archives: Positive thoughts
For weeks now many people have found themselves bounded to just a few square metres of their living quarters.
In the lockdown many people found themselves obliged to find ways to keep themselves busy and not pulled down by isolation. In this world of exuberant consumerism and going out for relaxation and meeting people, we were bounded to the modern tools of the internet to have virtual contact with each other.
Everybody now got some weeks just for themselves, enabling each of us to reflect on their life, but also on the way our society goes on with her materialistic life.
It seems this virus is giving the world an opportunity to re-evaluate and change the way we live, work, produce, and distribute goods and services. Travel, work, food, and manufacturing may have to dramatically change.
By lockdown hearing nature to revive, hearing more the sound of singing birds and seeing more animals going around free in nature.
Let us think about new and better ways to continue our life in the future.
The key is how we respond to this new challenge.
“All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting.
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way.
All over the world, people are waking up to a new reality.
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes, there is fear, but there does not have to be hate.
Yes, there is isolation, but there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes, there is panic buying, but there does not have to be meanness.
Yes, there is sickness, but there does not have to be disease of the soul.
Yes, there is even death, but there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic.
The birds are singing again.
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul and sing.”
-from Richard Hendrick (Brother Richard) in Ireland, March 13th, 2020
Have tools in your awareness => improve your mood + ease your anxiety
> practices boost immune system + improve our emotional + psychological health.
Committing to service of development of a relationship with an intelligence present within us > greater than our own = relating more deeply to our inner nature
In times of serious stress like a pandemic, turning inward spiritually, connects us outward, bringing calm and comfort
- Spiritual Meditation/Prayer
- paying attention to our inward self + inner voice > “introvert,” “extravert” and “synchronicity => real inner change, genuine achievement of a new attitude.
- aim of the unconscious: the further filling out of ourselves; an increasing completeness in the unique being that we are.
- Anima or Animus > our inner opposite sex figure & soul guide
- Second Voice
- practice listening for your second, more rational thought
- have a second thought => giving a more helpful + accurate option
- Exercise, Diet & Good Health Practices
- Taking time to clear your mind of worries & concerns > focusing your attention on bigger picture
- Prayer + spiritual meditation = connecting ourselves to greater whole => profoundly comforting.
- Exercising creative pursuits + talents => spiritually connected.
Fully live in the moment + feel gratitude for being alive.
daily relaxing, distracting, + fun activities
In the last two posts we started filling our anxiety busting toolbox and we are now down to our final three tools.*
Thank you to all the bloggers who added their own personal tools that work. They are most helpful and are incorporated into our toolbox. Choose any tool(s) that might work for you, and discard any/all that are not a good fit for you. Add more of your own resources that work. Adapt your toolbox to suit yourself. The most important thing, regardless of the specific tools, is to have tools in your awareness, to improve your mood, and ease your anxiety, when bad things happen.
Here is our toolbox:
Self Talk Reframing (Cognitive Therapy)
Distraction in Action
Exercise, Diet & Good Health Practices
Carl Jung emphasized the importance of paying attention to…
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Even when clothed in the bright
colours of a peacock’s feathers….
the light plays games when it peaks
through dry dead branches as it chases
the darkness into the shadows
And time passes so differently here
….it beckons to the future
….and veils the past
……a future … a hope
……. a kismet to last
© Vivian Zems