Who Is Accountable?

Who Is Accountable?

Who is accountable?

Leadership that doesn’t use people’s strengths in order to achieve results, mystifies me.

The educational system is not equipped to teach life skills or even coping skills to children.

Society is regressed, evading personal responsibility and clinging onto material things that slip through our fingers like water.  It is an easy trap for people to fall into addiction, when there is so much pain that needs to be distracted from.

Professionals are expected to churn out results with the bottom-line in mind, no mind for you or your well being.

The pharmaceutical industry is the single biggest contributing factor to addiction and they also profit off of medication assisted treatment to break addiction.

Flint still doesn’t have clean water.  We have a third-world city in a first-world country.

We have empty houses that people can’t afford and displaced people living in tent cities.

At what point do you hold yourself accountable to do something about it?  It should be obvious that the people who are “leading” us are incapable of acting on behalf of the best interests of humanity.

What is the point of working toward a future that is worse for us and our progeny?  What is the point of allowing a very small number of people to make decisions that are ruining our water, soil, air, and quality of life?

You are accountable.  I am accountable.  We are all accountable for the state of ourselves, the state of society.

We don’t need heroes, we just need ordinary people to be their extraordinary selves–to take responsibility and act from the heart.

 

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Formless

Formless

There’s this pull, inward, upward, and outward. Suspended between All Things, I look through the ceiling at the deep, dark night sky. As I soar through the heavens, a bright light emanates from my lower visual field. It has the brightness of a sun and it forms a halo around my vision. I look down and can still see my body. Blue light flows out of the fingers and the heart opens, white light pouring out until it is all I can see.

I let go of what I think happened in my life and embrace What Is In My Life Now. Leaving behind the armor, now just a shell, I step lightly toward Knowing Myself and My Reality. The reflection in the Mirror has gone, because I am Formless.

What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

Why are names important?

A name is not just a word. It is an expression. It represents a person, place, or thing.

All three have a story and an energy.

All three have a purpose – the storyteller, the setting or circumstances, and the means through which to live the story.

The Three F’s and Their Impact

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The Three F’s and Their Impact

Amygdala – The amygdala is the almond shaped part of the brain which is responsible for basic emotions such as fear.

Autonomic Nervous System – This is the part of the nervous system which affects unconscious bodily functions such as temperature, digestion, breathing, and heart rate.

Dissociation – The state of being disconnected.

Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis or HPA Axis – The hypothalamus and pituitary glands are located in your brain and your adrenals are located on the kidneys.  Together, these structures regulate your response to stress.

Intuition – The ability to understand something immediately, without need for conscious reasoning.

The Three F’s — Everyone has heard of the concept of fight or flight, but there is a third option: freeze.

When a person is in a situation in which they feel imminent danger, and they know they cannot escape (flight) or overpower (fight) in order to defend themselves, they instead, freeze.

This means the person does not know what to do, so they are just paralyzed with fear: like a deer in headlights.  This is a natural response and is nothing to feel ashamed about.

In nature, most mammals that experience the freeze reaction are able to reset themselves through their autonomic nervous system (ANS).  However, in cases of chronic distress or repeated traumas, the ANS is unable to reset and the freeze behavior becomes ingrained.

This chronic fear based response manifests itself psychologically, physically, and behaviorally.

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All of these symptoms and feelings are enough to make a person want or need to dissociate.

Dissociation can create a barrier to experiencing the pain and the feelings within the mind and body.  It is a coping mechanism.

What are some things that can be done to help reconnect to the mind and body?

Mindfulness.

Body: Whenever you think of it, just notice your posture.  How are you standing or sitting?  Are you leaning or slumped?  How does the alignment of your back feel?  Are your muscles tight or sore?  How does your stomach feel?  How do your joints and feet feel?  Is your jaw sore or tight?  Are you hungry or thirsty?  Are you tired?  Are you restless?  Do you need to stretch or move around?  Listen to your body.

Mind: What are you thinking about right now?  What emotions do your thoughts and observations bring up in you?  Are you feeling frustrated with yourself, your situation, or other people?  Are you feeling stuck or hopeless?  Are you dwelling on past events or worrying about the future?  Remember, the only time is the present time.  Deal with what is going on with you in this moment.  You can’t change the past, the future hasn’t happened, but you are in control of what you are doing in this moment.  Notice the recurring thoughts, feelings, and themes in your life.  What does your pattern tell you?

Your Mind and Body have intuition, and although many of us have learned to ignore that intuition, it can be relearned through practice.  Listening to your intuition about what your mind and body needs will facilitate healing.

Grounding Techniques – Sometimes, due to how we feel, it can be difficult to stay present! Here are some methods of grounding:

  • Carry a stone, crystal, guitar pick, or other small trinket that you can fit in your pocket or purse, to look at and feel whenever you need to
  • Wear a ring, bracelet, or necklace which you can twist, tug on, or feel as needed
  • Identify 4 colors around you, 3 sounds, 2 smells, and 1 thing you are grateful for in the moment
  • Focus on your breath
  • Focus on specific muscle groups, tightening them for a few seconds and slowly releasing them

Gratitude – Every time you feel upset, angry, frustrated, or hopeless, (acknowledge those feelings and know your feelings are valid) and balance it by finding something you are grateful for.

Being Conscious For Evolution

Being Conscious For Evolution

There are times when I want to reach out and there are times I want to recoil.

This is Natural, as I am constantly adapting to whatever is in my Awareness.

Being less ingrained in the past allows Presence to guide thoughts and behavior in the desired direction.

Acknowledging possible outcomes but not being limited by them, allows Focus on taking action on Behalf of myself, which is essential to Evolution.

Reflection: Path to Freedom

Reflection: Path to Freedom

Reflection Questions

What does it mean to be a person?

What does a worthwhile future look like? What am I doing to achieve that future for myself?

What is the theme in my life and what is my role?

What is the purpose of my actions?

Which thoughts and feelings cause me stress?  How do I cope with stress?  Does that hurt me or help me?  What can I be doing differently?

What is the difference between a victim and a survivor?

How do I remove “would”, “could”, and “should” from my vocabulary?

Why is it difficult for me to be present?  What am I avoiding?

How can I appreciate myself and care for myself more?

What does good health look like?  What am I doing to be healthy?

How can I be understanding and compassionate toward myself and others?

What are boundaries and how do I establish and maintain them?

What are some warning signs that I am falling back into old habits?  What keeps me motivated to continue moving forward?
What ideas hold me back and how do I let go of them?

Where do I put my energy and does it benefit me?

Who Do I surround myself with?  Do they build me up or tear me down?

What do I need more of in my life?  What do I need less of?

What is something I would like to learn how to do?  What am I doing to learn it?

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Mechanics of an Ailing Society

Mechanics of an Ailing Society

The underlying mechanics of our society are such:

Constituents are viewed and treated as streams of revenue; their labor and time are exploited at a great personal cost, and the resulting disease and disorder are further exploited for capital gains.

People are easily steered by politicians, media, big business, and anyone who has authority (police, doctors, educators, family, peers, church/temple/mosque, celebrities, etc.)

One group of “elected officials” make a “bipartisan effort” and run the departments of labor, education, public health and safety, social services, environmental protection, food and drug administration, AND has failed society in every department.

It’s quite the feat. I wonder what individuals will do to take more responsibility for society’s wellbeing, seeing as how we need to protect ourselves from those who are supposed to protect us.