All is Go(o)d.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Grandpa.

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The Gig

It’s the gig.  It’s all there is.  Our body, this physical realm, the invisible electromagnetic fields in between, gravity, all forces known and unknown to man.  It’s more than we can perceive, but what we can perceive is happening.  It’s what is.

Our minds, our experiences, our thoughts, our stories – they are all wrapped up within our nervous system.  They are only a fragment of reality – the whole of which is seemingly endless and interconnected.

It would seem we have to choices – two extremes:

  1. Live our lives with a focus on our mental stories and projections… the movie going on in our heads.
  2. Live our lives with an awareness that includes the external world… the reality that is actually happening, at this moment, both internal and external.

The choice seems to be one of focus – do we focus on our personal story, or on physical reality.  The answer seems pretty easy:

BOTH

Here’s the kicker… #1 consumes focus like we consume oil.  Relentlessly.  Sometimes to the point of ignoring #2.  If someone’s internal reality is so strong, they can choose to ignore reality.  This can be a benefit (think of pain endurance)… or a hindrance (think of someone in a fit of rage, convinced they are right and need to win an argument).

#2 supplies #1 with good material.  There’s nothing wrong with a story – in fact, storytelling is arguably humanity’s greatest ability.  But without observance and appreciation for the present moment, our stories can get out of line pretty quickly.

#2 first, #1 second…. the opposite order of bathroom business.

How Are You Feeling?

How are you feeling?

This question is almost always misinterpreted.  

I am feeling angry.  I am feeling well.  I am hungry.  These are answers to the question “What are you feeling?”.  To answer the question, “How are you feeling?”, I must answer the how.  I must also define ‘feeling’.

To be practical, I will define feeling as ‘perceiving emotions and physical sensory input’ (This is 1 of our 5 senses: Touch).  To answer the howI must describe my capacity to feel.

 

Example answers to the question, “How do you feel?”

Bad Answer (the meaning is vague and unclear)

I feel okay.

Decent Answer

My ability to feel is okay.

Good Answer (the meaning specific and clear)

My ability to feel is okay – I am aware of my body and thoughts, but some of my emotions are not clear to me.

 

Think of the consequences of this in a social situation…

James is not feeling well… his ability to sense others’ emotions is hampered by his thoughts about a stressful day at work. He goes to a party, and just does not seem to be able to connect with anyone around him.  He takes his friend Billy aside from the party to talk to him about this.

James: “I just don’t feel welcome here… Everyone seems so disinterested in what I have to say.”

Billy: “How are you feeling?”

James: “Well, fine, except for this problem.”

Billy: “No, no.  How are you feeling?  Can you feel the people in the room?  Can you feel your body?  What is your ability to perceive yourself and other people right now?”

James: “Oh… Shit… I haven’t been feeling at all!  I’ve just been thinking about my stupid day at work.  Wow.  Now I can feel a little bit of lingering stress, but I am also starting to feel like I can relax.  Thanks for the mirror Billy!”

James and Billy go back to the party and James is no longer isolated – With Billy’s help, James has turned his awareness back on.  Now he can sense how other people feel.  He can also sense how he feels.  This allows him to calibrate and connect to the people around him.

 

It’s all about our capacity to feel / sense ourselves and the world.  This is how we are able to help ourselves and others.  To understand the question in this way allows us to really understand the state of the other person.  It is a question of care – “How are you feeling?” “Is there a difficulty in your experience to feel/sense/perceive, and can I do anything to help?”

 

Smiling Asian Man

Driving over there, view skewed, but clear in the air

Vibrations underwheel, and under spirit, nothing to steal

We ride on ocean waves, out for ever, take them and don’t save

Nothing lasts forever, never to late, believe

See the one who’s smiling, the one riding it with me

Ground!ed!it!

How much energy can you ground?  How thick of a conduit can you be?

When it comes to emotions, whether anger, aggression, sexual energy, humor, or anything else that elicits a reaction, your ability to stay grounded is step 1.  Step 2 is being able to gather all of that static energy and to channel it back to mother earth, allowing the wildness and violence of the energy to be contained – from there, we can tap into our clear vision to make clear decisions, unmuddied by emotion.

We can also use the emotion to color our actions – but a painter must know when to use the appropriate color.

Grounded!

When it comes time to respond to a situation, there are a few things that determine your ability and efficiency to do so – namely:

  1. Your sense perception and body language, and therefor how you perceive the world and other people – and how they perceive you
  2. Your mental state, and therefor how clearly you perceive thoughts
  3. Your emotional state, and therefor how consciously you can control your actions

 

Being GROUNDED is the single greatest way to enhance all of the items listed above.

 

What the hell is being ‘grounded’ then?  It is simply this:  Maintaining awareness of:

  1. Your physical body (can you feel your feet right now?  If not, then you’re not fully grounded.)
  2. Your mental state (can you differentiate consciousness from your thoughts?  If not, then you’re not fully grounded.)
  3. Your emotional state (can you feel your emotions without involuntarily acting upon them?  If not, then you’re not fully grounded.)

As you may have noticed, the 3 mentioned areas of awareness correspond to the previous 3 mentioned factors in your ability and efficiency to respond.  So, all you have to do to be ‘grounded’ is to become aware – “Awareness is curative.”

Why the hell would I want to be ‘grounded’?  Isn’t it better to cast off the anchors and fly?  HERE’S THE SECRET: being ‘grounded’ is not being weighed down… it is being connected to the Earth.

 

*****WARNING – SCIENCE INTERLUDE*****

The difference we must identify is in the definition of the word grounded:

ground·ed
ˈɡroundid/
adjective
adjective: grounded
  1. well balanced and sensible.
    “the kids have money and a rock-star dad, but they seem grounded”
  2. (of a pilot or an aircraft) prohibited or prevented from flying.
    “you don’t taunt a grounded flier, especially after he’s had a few beers”
    • informal
      (of a child being punished) not allowed to participate in social or recreational activities.
      “the problem is, I’ve got more grounded friends than available friends”

That’s right, none of those definitions are the right one… we need a scientific definition:

ground·ed
ˈɡroundid/
adjective
adjective: grounded
  1. A connection between an electrical conductor and the Earth has been established.

AHA! That’s the one!

*****END SCIENCE INTERLUDE*****

 

Without proper grounding, electricity is dangerous.  Without proper ‘grounding’, sense perceptions, thoughts, and emotions can be dangerous, especially when they are not controlled.

Have you ever been distracted, then someone speaks to you, and you simply do not hear them?  Why didn’t you hear them?  Your ears still work.  Why? Lack of control over sense perception.

Do you ever have negative, self-destructive thoughts for seemingly no good reason?  They aren’t helping you, and they are often exaggerated or flat-out untrue.  Why? Lack of control over thought.

Have you ever done something out of anger that you regretted later?  Why did you do it?  It was clearly not the logical decision.  Why? Lack of control over emotion.

It may seem that control is the important element, but that is missing the first, and most important, step.  How do you get control over something.  You first need:

Awareness

And awareness of your physical body, mental state, and emotional state will ground you, allowing you the capacity to sense clearly, think clearly, and feel clearly.  When there is a place for the excess sensory input, thoughts, and emotions to go, your own consciousness is left unburdened – free to perceive and decide freely.

So how do you become more and more aware, all the time?  Discipline.

Try it.  Don’t be lazy and take my word for it.  Try it, and if it’s true, you’ve confirmed knowledge.  You win.  If it’s not true, you’ve disproved something, and therefor have gained knowledge.  You win.  Until you try, you lose.

Blind Balance To Heal Feet and Ankles

This is not my trick – I happened upon it in a “Day in the Life” video of a dancer.  She happened to be recovering from an ankle/foot injury, and her coach instructed her to do the following…

  1. Find a clear space
  2. Balance on one foot
  3. Close your eyes

Do this for 2-5 minutes, balancing on the weak foot/ankle.

**The eyes closed part is very important.  Without sight, you brain activates a variety of muscles in your ankles in order to stabilize.

Do you want to learn more about this exercise?  Okay – try it.

Enjoy 🙂

Strategic Investment

Your investments feed organizations – they return a percentage.

Your money feeds organizations – they create a ripple.

You direct your money – it becomes labor.

You pay for labor – your investments enable organizations.

Your money feeds families – or slaves.

The organization chooses – you choose.