I’ve been feeling uncommonly good the last week or so. I think it’s a combination of many things. The arrival of Spring is a big part of it. Then there’s the self-care routines I’ve developed for myself. Daily walks outdoors, meditating with Holosync, saying my affirmations, and drinking my Green Smoothies. (Yes, folks, I may become a Green Smoothie Evangelist, so I’m just giving you fair warning now.)
It’s not like "bad things" haven’t happened this week. The UN report that just came out about climate change is devastating. And yet — we are making progress, are we not? Laurie David of StopGlobalWarming.org writes:
In a sweeping 5-4 decision last week, the Supreme Court declared
that the Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency the
authority to regulate global warming causing emissions from cars. In
the wake of this historic Supreme Court ruling authorizing the EPA to
take on global warming, we encourage all marchers to send a message to
the EPA and Administrator Stephen Johnson urging them to do their job
and join the movement to stop global warming.
Stephen Johnson / USEPA Headquarters
Ariel Rios Building / 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.
Mail Code: 1101A / Washington, DC 20460
I think we need to focus our attention on the good that is being
done, and help it to grow. If we’re not on the front lines of activism
ourselves, we need to support those who are.
Besides the news about global warming, there’s been an epidemic recently of cancer among people I know or people who are 2-3 degrees away from me. Two friends recently had hysterectomies and (thank Goddess) all the cancer was removed. Prognosis looks good for both of them. The mothers of a friend and a cousin are both dying of terminal cancer. I’ve heard about two women and one man in the island community who have cancer. Another friend’s cancer has reoccurred after being dormant for many years. And then there’s Elizabeth Edwards. It seemed so odd that these episodes happened in a cluster and I wondered fleetingly if I should take it as a sign. Am I next? I’d just had my annual checkup, and my pap smear and mammogram were clear. Nope, cancer isn’t on my personal plate.
But I realized it was a sign after all. A sign to practice compassion. To offer prayers and support and a listening ear, for at least one or two of them. That’s the sign. How do I respond when terrible things happen? Do I shut down or do I open my heart?
Sometimes it’s hard to open your heart again and again and again, especially when the traumas in your own past become reactivated by those of others.
So that’s another reason to practice self-care.
I’ve been meditating for a couple of weeks now with Holosync. I’ll report on my experience with it as time goes on. Right now I am definitely in the honeymoon phase.
I decided to give it a try when I started hearing about it in several different contexts, then checked it out with a friend. He raved about it and lent me his CDs to try out. Then I bought my own. (The only problem I can see with this system is the cost. It’s not cheap and therefore is unavailable to many people. On the other hand, people will often find a way to pay for the things they value.) The hype is a bit hilarious — "meditate like a Zen monk at the touch of a button!" — and soooooo American. But if it works, why not?
At any rate, after bathing my brain in alpha, delta and theta waves for a couple of weeks, I’ve found that I’m already less stressed and more joyful. I’ve been in the habit of taking a late afternoon nap for years. I started meditating with Holosync instead. Sometimes I fall asleep during it, and apparently that’s OK. It still works. When I’m done, I have a huge influx of energy that carries me through the evening. I’m still a bit blown away by it.
I know this sounds like a cheesy testimonial designed to get you to buy it. But I don’t have an affiliate account with them and I don’t benefit by promoting it. I’m just saying — I’m very pleased with it so far and I’m excited about the possibilities.
Then there’s the Green Smoothies, the other new tool in my self-care arsenal. But I think I’ve blogged enough for today, so I’ll wait a day or two to tell you more about those.
Blessed be, blessed Sea, blessed Green.