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Working out choice or reaction

As we go through life we work out choice or reaction

As we look at the world around us, we don’t have to have special powers of deduction to work out that ‘things’ are not going quite as well as they ought. Words such as “unemployment”, “homelessness”, “crime rate”, “war”, “social unrest”, “pollution”, “AIDS”, “obesity”, “cancer”, “allergies” and many more indicate our social climate. People are turning this way and that for solutions, and spending vast sums of money on ‘wonder-cures’ to heal body, mind or bank balance.

Amid this hubbub of fear and negativity, a few small voices are reminding us that our lives are intertwined, and everything we do spreads out like ripples, affecting the world and other lives in ways we can hardly imagine. The body of evidence linking our mental or emotional state and our physical well-being is so overwhelming that we finally begin to see that something in our lives other than ‘bad luck’ may be the cause of our eczema, depression or migraine headaches. Slowly we begin to realise that recycling papers or bottles may indeed have an effect, and some of us begin to ask what else can we do?

Looking around and not liking what we see – we begin to wonder about the truth in the old sales slogan: ‘if you always do what you always did, you always get what you always got’. If you are asking, ‘So what else can I do?’ and if you, like many people, have begun to realise that while it is true that our actions affect the world around us, it is our thoughts and our attitudes that produce these actions, then these words are for you. This blog is dedicated to you all who want to the healing of the pain that lies beneath the attitudes that allow us to hurt one another and the world around us. Perhaps together we can discover that we all have a ‘wonderful dress sense’, and that by helping to spread a little bit more peace of mind we can begin a ripple effect that will restore colour to our world.

Reducing stress

Reducing stress

Regarding stress reduction, enough has been written on the subject to fill more than one sizeable library.  The fact that many companies now employ ‘Stress Busters’ to help their employees cope is a positive step forward, but is also in itself a sad indictment of the state we find ourselves in.

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In many respects, stress has recently been ‘discovered’, and there are not many who would now argue the figures put out on a regular basis claiming enormous percentage loss in profits to companies due to the effects of stress on employees.

As stress is clearly one of the great obstacles to peace of mind, it is necessary to consider it here, under a separate heading, although even without specific attention being paid to it, stress levels automatically reduce when life is lived more effectively and peacefully.

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All of the various aspects presented within Peace of Mind have an impact on the level of stress experienced by the individual.  When personal, internal stress is reduced (via relaxation) and psychological tensions are reduced (via self-hypnosis, visualisation and affirmations) and interpersonal stress is reduced (via more effective communications and positive relationships) ‘stress’ as a separate entity no longer exists.

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CG Jung’s use of myth in our lives

Another believer in the significance of myth to human life was psychologist Carl  Gustav Jung.  He saw the journey of each individual echoed in the journey of the collective ‘hero’.  Relegated to the background for a number of years, recent times has seen a resurgence of use of myth – either personal or collective – in the context of personal healing and the fulfilment of human potential, as well as in psychotherapy.

The recent interest in meditation, specifically meditation not associated with a particular religion or belief system, or what Hewitt (1992) calls ‘Meditation for Better Health and Psycho-Physical Relaxation’ has caused a rise in popularity of techniques of ‘Creative Visualisation’ as well as ‘Mind Control’.  The use of altered states of awareness to enhance performance in many spheres – for instance sports performance has also gained a rise in popularity.  It may therefore be useful to consider the relationship between myth and the unconscious, and whether we find anything there of value in our quest for Peace of Mind.

There are many things that will help you in Sue’s book “Peace of Mind – Pathways to Successful Living”.  Download chapter 1 free now!

There are helpful free downloads at: sue@suewashington.com