STRATEGIES FOR TRANSITIONS
As the world is changing, we have the wonderful opportunity to change our perspectives:
from isolation to connectedness.
from personal and local concerns to being global citizens.
from using and destroying nature to being nourished by nature.
from waiting for others to solve the problems to self-responsibility.
from helplessness to making a difference.
from looking outside ourselves for answers to looking inside ourselves.
from the ‘us and them’ attitude to “we are all part of the same human family.”
You have the capacity to realize each of these transitions. Start by considering your intentions for the moment, for the day, for your project, for your life. Be conscious of being the director of your life, not just an actor. Your mind is your computer—a powerful tool. You are the programmer: decide what you want your mind to focus on. Choose thoughts, ideas, dreams, plans that lift you. Thoughts have energy. Be your own best coach. Use visualization to clarify, to invent, to plan, to rehearse, to design the life you wish to experience. Give what you desire your attention. Attention expands whatever the focus.
While negative emotions can be debilitating, it is helpful to practice releasing their hold on you. When you are feeling angry or afraid, it is best to avoid making decisions or taking action. Instead, practice breathing, timeouts, physical exercise, meditation, or prayer, etc. to move/express/release those negative feelings. Then, when you are peaceful, make your decisions or take your action. While moving through negative emotions, your intentions are more important than the actions.
If you are feeling emotionally vulnerable, it is important to recognize that the Media is geared toward promoting fear. Limit your intake of mainstream media and search out alternative sources such as TED or The Giraffe Heroes Project, sources that go further to lift and inspire. Most importantly, choose to transform fear into empowerment, acceptance, and compassion.
Our path to adulthood usually includes an education, one that teaches us to exercise our minds and to give credibility to our thoughts. We are neither taught nor encouraged to understand our intuition. And yet it is our intuition that gives voice to our Hearts. To begin exploring your intuition, start with these simple exercises.
Ask a question of your Heart and then listen for its answer. It is best to do this when you are in a peaceful or grounded or meditative state as negative emotion can block your ability to receive answers clearly.
Write your question down and then take a deep breath. Let that breath go and then open yourself to receiving the answer. Write down whatever comes to mind. Then check with your Heart for confirmation. If you receive anything that is judgmental or punitive towards yourself or others, try again. You are seeking the answers that come from your higher self.
If you are deciding among two or more choices, put yourself into the picture of each choice to experience them. Notice how much of you “lights up” inside. If more of you lights up in one over the other, the more likely that choice is the one that will best serve you.
Pay attention to your intuitions and begin to trust them. The more you trust that part of you, the more you will receive and the more you will be acting from your wisest self.
Your Heart needs nourishment; spend time in nature to feed it and your spirit.
The HeartMath Solution by D. Childre & H. Martin
Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto
Jump Time by Jean Houston
The Great Turning by David Korten
Good News for a Change by David Suzuki
Good News websites