Sunday, September 14, 2008

Election Frenzy

The Campaign is a Rollin! Just so everyone knows, I profess to be an independent, and my vote has gone both ways in the last decade. I believe in choosing the best candidate, not the best party. So last week I posted my opinion of who I would elect, and then this week, decided to remove it. When it comes right down to it, I am extremely passionate about who I want to see in the White House. Feeling politically inept to comment on some of what is going on, I stick to what I do know to be true (head) what I feel (heart) and what my instincts tell me (gut). When I put them all together, I come up with a candidate I feel will do the best for the Country, and also, the World.

Unfortunately, the passion I go forward with every day in regards to health and wellness seeps into other aspects of my life, creating an energy that can be perceived as negative if one doesn't agree with what I feel or think. I am at a quandary because I want to make certain we all make the right decision about who we elect to protect and guide us for the next four years, but at the same time, I don't want to alienate someone who I can help physically, emotionally or spiritually. After a long internal debate, I decided I would rather remain neutral and stick to what I do best, which is help people find their best self.

The issues that exist in the World today are scary. Are they scarier then years passed? I don't know. Awareness makes it seem a lot more intense. I can't remember an election being more "energetic" or heated, but maybe that is due to what is at stake (World peace, global warming, economy) and the barriers (first black president or first woman vice president) that we are now breaking through. Very exciting times and very nerve wracking as well.

As we approach the omnipotent date of November 4, let's remember that in the end, they are all just human beings we are voting for and therefore, very fallible. The real job of making our lives happy and healthy is ours, and should never be left to anyone else. Will the abortion issue ever be resolved? Will the economy every come around? Will the war ever end? Truth be told, no one person had control over any of it! We all play a part. We can all make a difference and we all should be doing something, anything, for the causes we believe in, irrespective of what a politician is saying or doing.

If you believe in prayer, then pray for the best candidate to be elected. If you believe in positive action, get your facts straight and debate your issues with others who want to hear it. If you need to remain neutral because of your job or other issues, then bring forth your ideas and comments in the most sincere way and anonymously send it in the a newspaper or blog. Make a difference and follow your head, your heart, your gut. Love our Country, no matter what mess it is in, because it is still one of the best places to be in the entire World. D.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Fall Changes

"I might as well enjoy the ride" said the parrot, as it was being dragged by the cat. This is a Russion proverb that I came across years ago and it made such an impression on me that I actually am writing an entire chapter on it for one of my books. It reminds me to look at everything that happens in my life as a pleasureable experience, no matter how difficult it may seem.

This past year, I have learned so much about myself and the Universe because I became more aware of daily occurrences that were teaching me lessons. I decided to have gratitude towards everything, no matter how hurtful or difficult life seemed to get. I learned about resistance and how we sometimes want to stay angry or hurt or sad. We stay where we are comfortable or what feels normal instead of actually changing our minds about circumstance. But the minute we decide to "enjoy the ride" we let go of struggle and at that very moment, the perceived unpleasantness ends.

Learning this process is easy. Implementing it, however, is the challenge. When we are stuck in our humanness, we can't see anything, but what is right in front of us, and our opinion of that is usually negative. Fortunately, our soul energy is only a decision away, meaning that as soon as we decide to feel good about a situation, it happens. "I don't want to feel this way" is a good place to start. You might not know where the cat is dragging you, but you have control over how you feel as you move along. Once you let go of indignity, or fear, or anger, you can make a plan on how to proceed. It is amazing how brilliant we can be when our mind is clear of negativity!

The fall is approaching and with it brings a crispness that can't be compared to any other season. It is the beginning of the end, so to speak. It is when the trees release their need to hold onto what is dying. It is when plants stop their struggle and just allow themselves to rest. It is when the animal kingdom prepares for hybernation. All of this hubbub is for a very special reason. Everything seems to stop, but in reality, laying dormant is really just another growth stage. Next year when the spring arrives, all that was at rest comes to life with even more strength and growth and beauty.

If we could be like the Earth and adjust to the changes around us instead of resisting, how strong can we become? This fall, instead of holding onto negativity, allow it to just drop off. Enjoy each experience of change no matter how scary it may seem. Look for the every day miracles and redirect your attitude and reaction towards what is happening around you. Be the parrot and instead of being dragged kicking and screaming through your life, stop resisting and take a look around at the view you are being granted. Who knows, maybe that cat is taking you to a place you could have never gotten to on your own.

No matter what, the season is going to change. Ask yourself, 'am I going to resist it or am I going change with it?