The human RACE … sometimes it feels like a race, a race that keeps getting faster and faster and faster and faster. It is no wonder that so many people feel defeated and worn out being in the human RACE.
Racing around in every which direction, but racing to what end? Who has stopped long enough to ponder what it means to be in this human race? Where does it end? What does it mean? So, pause …. take a deep breath, and stop racing and start reflecting. What did you miss today? A birthday! A word of kindness! A word of encouragement! A word of thanks!
At the end of the day what matters most – the race – or the relationships?
Try these questions.
Imagine if I truly made a difference in the world, what would I be doing?
Imagine if (fill in your greatest dream) then _________________.
Play imagine if with another person and their response would be the “then” phrase.
Imagine if I had a million dollars then I would build a home for the homeless.
Imagine if I built a home for the homeless then with the money I had left over I would buy them new clothes.
You can repeat the imagine if story until you can’t imagine any thing new.
What race are you in? Are you making a difference?
“The prime cause of our suffering is our wanting things to be different than they are!” Susan Jeffers
When our expectations exceed reality we generate toxins in our body that produce a variety of pain. For some people it is debilitating headaches, for others it could be intramuscular pains that seems as real as if there were some physical trauma that caused the pain. In reality our body is reacting from the stress of expectation and dealing with the stress by creating pains in the body.
If we could align our expectations with “what is” rather than “what it should be” then a lot of the stress we experience could be removed.
There are many stress reducing techniques available, some are breathing techniques where you focus on the intake and exhale of air into the body. By controlling the flow of air we can control the flow and impact of stress. It takes practice and some thought to get the breathing technique to produce the desired results. Like exercise it is something that needs to be done with some regularity in order to produce the greatest benefit. Breathing correctly needs to become a habit.
For finding a sense of peace try a movie – try ‘Baraka’. Baraka is the Sufi word for “as a blessing, or the breath, or the essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds.”
It is a movie without words as no words need to be spoken as you create the dialog in your mind. Contemplate what the movie says to you.