People are hurting.
Maybe it's the days growing shorter, or the approaching holidays, or the still-painful economy, or the (U.S.) health care reform battle, or all of the above... for fat folks, the fat-bashing noise in our culture is growing increasingly & painfully loud. For these reasons and many more, there just seems to me to be more than the usual amount of suffering going on, both among friends & loved ones, and in the general public.
There are so many ways of hurting -- physical ailments, emotional anguish, hearts and souls yearning for connection, meaning, peace.
To me, the question to be asked is not "Why all the pain?", because when people are hurting, does it really matter why? No, when you're in pain, isn't what you really want to know, above & beyond all else, "How do I feel better?"
I've been thinking about that a lot lately, to manage my own pain, sure, but also, as a way of exploring how I can best be of service to you, my readers, and to the world. And so, I begin today a series on...
HOW TO FEEL BETTER, no matter what is going on in your world.
You see, much of how you feel inside your body, mind, and spirit, is less about what's going on outside you, and more about your inner thoughts & beliefs about those outer events, and your responses to them. And that's good news...
...because we often have a lot more control over our inner thoughts and beliefs than we do over outer events. We can change our thoughts, our attitudes; we can choose how to be with and respond to outer events.
So this series of essays will be about four inner approaches we can choose, to help us feel better:
Gratitude. Forgiveness. Compassion. Love.
You may be thinking "Huh?"
Please, hear me out --I've been spending a lot of time lately with healers/spiritual teachers/wise women/coaches
Jennifer McLean (masterworkshealing.com) and Mary A. Hall (healthandhealingconnections.com). (if you have any interest in growing spiritually and/or developing your own healing abilities, check these women out. Being with them has been for me like being a dried sponge immersed in nourishing seawater.)Mary reminded me recently of something I've known and forgotten -- that...
one of the quickest routes to feeling better is GRATITUDE.
So, appropriate for November (in the U.S., it's Thaksgiving month) the first post (or more?) in this series will be about GRATITUDE -- specifically, three steps of appreciation and thankfulness that are certain to have you feeling better.
Stay tuned; that post will follow this one very soon.
In the meantime, what are your thoughts and questions about gratitude? Experiences where appreciation has made a difference? And what do you think thankfulness has to do, if anything, with AmpleAliveness? Click on Comments and let me know, please.