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Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Month: April 2021

The invisible enemy

This week I was inspired to write a poem about the current times…

In early 2020, the invisible enemy did land.

And we realized the consequences heavily first-hand.

Businesses and schools were shuttered, people sent to work from home.

While front line essential workers were left to fend alone.

People got sicker, and much quicker, than any sickness seen before.

Medical professionals sounded alarms, their unheard voices getting sore.

A virus and racial justice, mental health, and our bottom line.

Four pandemics intersected hitting all at the same time.

We overloaded on bad news, we blindly held our empty cup.

We tossed and turned with the uncertainty, when would the spiral, spiral up?

Then the researchers and scientists, funded at a new warp speed.

Discovered a vaccine to help support humanity’s need.

There were questions on the efficacy and if there would be harm.

But the final say, said the vaccine of the day, was the one closest to your arm.

As people are safeguarded, we still have work to do.

To ensure those who need protection the most, have the access that they are due.

The light at the end of the tunnel, is just a sliver streaming through.

We must do what is best for humankind and hope we have learned something new.

So many lost so much, and will never be the same.

People suffering alone, no proper goodbyes, not a number, someone with a name.

As we look towards tomorrow, may we never forget this time.

When the solid foundation we lived on, crumbled and turned on a dime.

May we reach out to each other, help those now in need.

We shed the same tears, we all love with our hearts, each one when injured will bleed.

Let us use our voice for change, so the suffering was not in vain.

May the lessons we learned be amplified so we’re ready when challenged again.

 

 

Emotions last moments not minutes

I was listening to Sam Harris in the Waking Up meditation app and he said that emotions last moments not minutes.  And if we can just give ourselves a few seconds of space to let the energy of that emotion enter our consciousness and sit there before we react, we could save ourselves a lot of heartache.

We only have so much energy to use each day.  We have an energy budget.  And if we choose to use that energy on worry or stress or blowing up in answer to an emotion that pushes our buttons, that decreases the amount of energy we can use for other things on our to-do list like growing our brains, or supporting our self-care, or helping others, or fueling our body with healthy food.  Continue reading

Heart Breath Mind

I’m reading the book Heart Breath Mind: Train Your Heart to Conquer Stress and Achieve Success by Leah Lagos and I came across an interesting paragraph.   It said, “Research out of the Medical University of South Carolina revealed that just a single 20-minute session of a specific type of deep breathing was enough to increase saliva production.  That might not sound exciting in and of itself, but saliva contains all sorts of microscopic goodies, from proteins that bind to and disable viruses and bacteria to tumour-suppressing genes that help prevent normal cells from turning cancerous.  Study participants who performed the deep breathing exercises also had significantly lower levels of inflammatory markers in their saliva, as well as increased amounts of nerve growth factor (NGF) in their saliva.  Salivary NGF has potent healing capabilities — the reason that wounds in the mouth heal faster than on the body is thought to be because they’re coated in NGF.  It also gets shuttled to the brain, where it may have powerful antiaging and possibly Alzheimer’s-protective effects.”

First, I had no idea saliva was such a treasure.  Second, I never thought deep breathing might help produce more of it.  Something simple and free to try may have countless positive outcomes.

Human bodies are truly miraculous.  Carrying the souls of the human race for thousands of years and evolving and growing to promote the best possible outcomes.  Sometimes we’re our bodies worst enemies as we don’t listen to the aches and pains, we don’t fill our cup, fuel our soul, or prioritize self-care.  We only have one body to carry us around the sun on this journey.  And we should listen to it.

As Annie Besant, British writer and women’s rights activist, said, “The human body is constantly undergoing a process of decay and of reconstruction.  First builded into the astral form in the womb of the mother, it is built up continually by the insetting of fresh materials.  With every moment tiny molecules are passing away from it; with every moment tiny molecules are streaming into it.”

What can we do to support our body during these uncertain times?  Deep breaths, early sleep, less stress, more water, authentic connections, healthy meals, morning stretches, interesting reads.  If we say no to the things that steal joy and yes to the things that build it, how might that increase our strength and our hope and our peace?  What might it do to our heart, breath, and mind?  We’ll never know unless we try.

 

Dr. Martine Rothblatt

Dr. Martine Rothblatt started a company called United Therapeutics to save the life of one of her daughters who had a rare disease.  Before that she founded and led Sirius XM radio which has over 34 million subscribers and she is also a leader in transgender rights.  When I listened to her recently on The Tim Ferriss Show, my eyes were opened in so many ways. Continue reading

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