Stressing to be fit?
Find your Middle Ground
“Conscious deceleration” is a term I came across in a report from The Future Laboratory which identifies macro trends and new directions in the Health and Wellness industry.
The bottom line is: We are being bombarded with new ways to achieve fitness goals and to be less anxious. A recent study by researchers at Yale and Oxford found that too much exercise is worse for mental well being than no exercise at all. People, especially Millennials, are getting burned out trying to avoid burn out. Everyone is getting more stressed out about how to de-stress!
The pendulum has swung too far and we are out of balance.
We must consciously slow down and create some calm in our every day. We need to take time to pause as a counter balance to the busyness and constant demand for our attention.
Research is now being done about how music and vibrations can recreate the same calm state of mind as regular gentle yoga and meditation. You may want to experience crystal singing bowls at 432Hz or listen to binaural acoustics that induce a Theta mind state. Its already here and more in coming.
What was once rooted in the sacred past of yoga and meditation is now being developed using new technology to reduce stress and bring more peace into our lives.
May you Find Your Middle Ground in this new decade and beyond.
I am back from a wonderful time in Italy, and getting settled into the rhythm of life here. These words from Lao Tzu resonated with me.
Discover the harmony in your own being.
If you can do this, you will gain everything,
and the world will become healthy again.
~ Lao Tsu
A world in balance, begins with finding it within ourselves.
Make time to pause and listen inwards.
Embrace the rhythmic harmony of each breath.
May you find your Middle Ground today.
“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the loss and sorrow. A part of us has been taught that this is somehow wrong, and we create stories to help us cope. We may get angry, resentful or vow never to put ourselves in that situation again. We resist these powerful feelings and try to escape them.
Yet it only takes a moment, a pause and perhaps a deep releasing sigh, to see that the source of this deep feeling is love.
Sorrow and love are interwoven because the two are always connected.
With our hearts open, there is yearning and longing. There is love here.
When we recognize that what we feel sad about, is really an opening of the heart, we can begin to smile in the knowing that we are alive and loving beings.
This is what makes us special.
Why fight against the fading glow of youth?
Why try to freeze a process that can’t be stopped?
You’re clinging too hard, that’s why you’re weary;
your face is lined with tension not with age.
And even if your form has altered a little
even if the surface is a little worn and chaffed
your being is rich and deep
nourished by experience and understanding
and another kind of light is shining from you now:
a full, mellow glow, like autumn sunshine,
that spreads further and touches deeper
than the flashing, dazzling glow of youth.
Why not let that glow shine through
instead of trying to rekindle a faded light?
Change brings decay if you resist it.
But if you accept it and flow with it,
it brings growth and renewal.
~ Steve Taylor, taken from “The Calm Center”
Let us embrace the full mellow glow that touches others deeply and ignites the light of our own Being.
Power down. Switch off.
Slow down to the speed of Life.
Find your Middle Ground.
Find your Middle Ground is about stepping away from the busyness of our lives and our screens. More than ever we need to take time to pause and come to our senses.
When we are mindful of the present moment and simply allow it to be, we open a door to our natural state of being – accepting, loving, peaceful, kind and content. Most of us are so distracted and moving so fast that we get caught up in the world of “doing” or worrying about what we should be doing next.
Too much doing and thinking disconnects us from our sense of “being”and who we really are.
“The dark does not destroy the light;
it defines it.
Its our fear of the dark that casts our
joy into the shadows.”
Take a moment to reflect on how this appears in your life.
Instead of wishing the dark away, how can you embrace it and shine through?