The insights below come from Zen Habits in case you want to know where I got this.
*Side note: This site is terrific. It is free. You can hire the guy who writes it as an Executive Coach. That is your choice. Why do I love this site so much? The owner releases the copyright so that I can share his insights on my blog: https://zenhabits.net/uncopyright/
Six Habits that Lead to Groundedness
The basic habits that lead to this kind of resiliency, and a feeling of groundedness are things you can practice every single day:
Let ourselves feel it. When we’re feeling uncertainty, instead of rushing to solve it … or too distracting ourselves or comforting ourselves with food or shopping … we can let ourselves feel the uncertainty. I’m not talking about engaging in a narrative about what the uncertainty is like and why it’s so bad — but instead feeling it physically in your body. Where is the feeling located in your body? Can you give it some attention and curiosity? Can you stay with it for a few moments? This habit of letting ourselves feel the uncertainty and stress is transformative — every bit of anxiety becomes a place to practice, an opportunity to be present with ourselves. It becomes a chance to create a new relationship with our experience.
Learn that it’s OK to feel groundlessness. You are feeling anxiety because of the uncertainty of your situation. But that’s because uncertainty becomes a reason to freak out. What if, instead, we learned that this groundless, uncertain feeling is actually just fine? It might not be completely pleasant, but it’s nothing to panic about. In fact, it can be an opportunity to find joy and appreciation in the groundlessness — what is there to appreciate in this feeling of complete openness? Start to shift how you see and react to this groundlessness, embracing it rather than panicking about it.
Give ourselves love. In the middle of stress and uncertainty, instead of engaging in our old habits of shutting down or avoiding, of worrying and fretting … can we try a new habit of giving ourselves, love? This is a way of being compassionate and friendly with ourselves, no matter what we’re doing. It’s like giving love to a child who is in pain — the compassion and love pour out of our hearts. Can we practice this for ourselves?
Simplify by being fully present with one thing. We have so much going on that it can all be overwhelming. Can you simplify by focusing on just one thing right now? Trust that you’ll take care of the other things when it’s needed. Instead, be fully present with this single task. It can be something important, like working on that writing that you’ve been putting off for days. Or it can be something small, like washing this one dish or drinking this one cup of tea. Be fully with it, and savor the experience fully. This leads to a feeling of groundedness and helps us to not feel as frazzled.
Find the joy in being fully present and savoring. The item above, of simplifying by doing one thing, can feel like quite a shift for many of us. It might feel like a sacrifice, not constantly switching tasks and being on social media and checking phones. But it can be a way of opening up to the moment, treating yourself with a little focus, joyfully savoring whatever you’ve chosen to do with this moment of your life.
Learn to love being resilient. Resilience is a matter of saying “No Big Deal” to any kind of uncertainty that arises, of savoring and being present, of giving ourselves love and being present with whatever uncertainty is coming up for us. Resilience is not blowing everything up to End of the World level, just because it’s not under control. Resilience is feeling grounded in the middle of chaos (even if there’s stress present), and finding joy in being in that uncertainty. Resilience is taking a breath and then savoring that breath. It can be a beautiful thing if you learn to love it.
Try these habits today whenever you notice stress, anxiety, uncertainty. They take practice, but with time, they lead to a feeling of being centered and grounded.
Whatever your political views, it’s likely that a tsunami of tweets, opinion pieces and late night comedy skits have made their way into your news feeds and dinner table conversations. It’s seemingly unavoidable with an administration whose leader makes international news with every early morning tweet.
But what happens when that wave of opinions and information makes an unwelcome entrance into your workplace?
In a highly contentious and polarized political time, the 24-hour news cycle and constant social media contact continues to trigger emotional and widely divergent reactions. Add to this mix a new generation of workers who seek to bring their “whole selves” to work, including their political views, and you have a brand new office context in which politics show up alongside quarterly earnings as hot button topics. A whole array of corporate policies take on new meaning and intensity, including foreign worker visas, affirmative action, LGBT partner benefits and climate change strategy.
Given the range of opinions and news sources out there, politicized conversations often get stuck. Or, we carefully avoid them altogether for fear of being zapped — damaging important relationships and disrupting teamwork. At the same time, these conversations can be a chance to learn and hone your competitive edge.
Further Observations On What & How We Can Be Happy by Mitch Santell
There are so many of us out there who have panic, anxiety, depression, PTSD, or something even more distressing.
The reason you feel this way is that you have you may be a bit “confused” with where our society is going. Believe me, I understand this, and it’s why I dumped Facebook.
Now, I never thought I would write a commentary about a Reality Talk Show, but I am going to do it. Why? As an illustration as to why most people either can’t commit, won’t commit or don’t even know what they stand for.
My Godmother was married 9 times. Her daughter, my 3rd cousin, was married 7 times. I have been married once as were my parents (my side of the family) and grandparents (my side of the family). My other cousin was divorced once after 7 years and remarried for a second marriage until his wife passed on from Cancer after 30 years.
This last season of The Bachelor with Hannah Brown was like no other that I ever saw. Now mind you, I got rid of cable TV in 1995 so to sign up for a “trial” of Hulu (a streaming service that competes with Netflix and HBO), I had to be intrigued.
It was amusing watching Hannah Brown consistently make bad decisions.
The dynamics of relationships between men and women have never been more complicated than they are now, and I’ll give you some basics to start with.
First, we are living in a society that is driven by social media and algorithms.
Second, most people don’t know what it was like to be alive without an iPhone, Samsung, or any brand of smartphone connected to their hip.
Third, everyone is connected, but no one is communicating.
Happiness Is This:
1). You simply make a decision to be happy.
2). You make a decision to work on yourself more instead of gossiping and blaming other people.
3). You let go of the need to worry about what other people think.
4). You let go of the labels.
5). You re-invent yourself by getting rid of people who don’t get you or don’t allow you to be You.
Authentic Is This:
1). Letting Go Of The Need To Be Right.
2.) Letting Go Of Any Assumptions Of How Things Are Going To Turn Out.
3). Letting Go Of Any Expectations.
Staying Grounded Is This:
1). Take off your socks and shoes twice a day and go barefoot on the grass or dirt.
2). Make sure that you are hydrating because most people never drink enough water.
3). Find passion in simple things that make your heart sing.
Why didn’t I write more about Hannah Brown’s screw-ups on The Bachelor?
Answer: Because that wasn’t the purpose of this blog posting….the posting was to get you happier by getting you to think about you.
Only You will know where life needs to take you and if you are like a lot of my followers and readers, you don’t live in the USA. For me? That has been the single most profound discovery that I have made about myself since returning from New Zealand in 2013.
What is that?
That everything I learned has affected me here in America and I can never go back to being that person that I was when I exited in June of 2013.
Now onto to something deeper I want you to think about……..
According To Alan Watts, Happiness Is NOT the Meaning of Life.
Listen to this audio and read the transcription below for the greater meaning.
Let’s suppose that you were able every night to dream any dream you wanted to dream.
And that you could, for example, have the power within one night to dream 75 years of time or any length of time you wanted to have.
And you would naturally as you began on this adventure of dreams, you would fulfill all your wishes, you would have every kind of pleasure.
And after several nights of 75 years of total pleasure each, you would say, Wow, that was pretty great. But now let’s, let’s have a surprise.
Let’s have a dream, which isn’t under control.
Well, something is going to happen to me that I don’t know what it’s going to be. And you will dig that and come out of that and say, Wow, that was a close shave, wasn’t it.
And then you will get more and more adventurous and you will make further and further Gamble’s as to what you would dream. And finally, you would dream where you are now you would dream the dream of living the life that you are actually living today.
That would be within the infinite multiplicity of choices you would have of playing that you weren’t God.
This means that you’re not victims of a scheme of things of a mechanical world, or of an autocratic God.
The life you’re living is what you put yourself into only you don’t admit it. Because you want to play the game that it’s happened to you.
Because if you play life on the supposition that you’re a helpless little puppet got involved. Or if you play it on the supposition that it’s a frightful, serious risk, and that we really ought to do something about it and so on. It’s a drag.
There’s no point in going on living unless we make the assumption that the situation of life is optimal. And it makes you realize you see how – how great things are. So in this idea that everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality. Not God in a politically kingly sense, but God in the sense of being the self, that deep down basic, whatever there is, and you’re all that only you’re pretending you’re not.
Comments You Don’t Talk About Any More by Mitch Santell.
There was a time where you could just be You without everyone else knowing where you were, what you were doing, who you were communicating with, and what you buy.
For those of you who have followed me for a long time know, I always suggest creating a Corporation to act like You.
Why Do I suggest this?
Answer: Corporations Have More Rights Than People Do!
When corporations were first formed back in the seventeenth century, their inventors—just like modern software engineers—acted with what they believed were good intentions. The first corporate charters were simply designed to limit an investor’s liability to the amount of their investment, thus encouraging them to finance risky expeditions to India and Southeast Asia. However, an unintended consequence soon emerged, known as moral hazard: with the potential upside greater than the downside, reckless behavior ensued, leading to a series of spectacular frauds and a market crash that resulted in corporations being temporarily banned in England in 1720.
Thomas Jefferson and other leaders of the United States, aware of the English experience, were deeply suspicious of corporations, giving them limited charters with tightly constrained powers. However, during the turmoil of the Civil War, industrialists took advantage of the disarray, leveraging widespread political corruption to expand their influence. Shortly before his death, Abraham Lincoln lamented what he saw happening with a resounding prophecy: “Corporations have been enthroned … An era of corruption in high places will follow… until wealth is aggregated in a few hands … and the Republic is destroyed.”
Corporations took full advantage of their new-found dominance, influencing state legislatures to issue charters in perpetuity giving them the right to do anything not explicitly prohibited by law. The tipping point in their path to domination came in 1886 when the Supreme Court designated corporations as “persons” entitled to the protections of the Fourteenth Amendment, which had been passed to give equal rights to former slaves enfranchised after the Civil War. Since then, corporate dominance has only been further enhanced by law, culminating in the notorious Citizen United case of 2010, which lifted restrictions on political spending by corporations in elections.
Ultimately, the dominance of global capital (the Corporatocracy) is not financial — it’s political.
One little-remarked consequence of the central banks’ policies of near-zero interest rates and quantitative easing is the unrivaled dominance of mobile global capital, i.e. the Corporatocracy.
The source of corporate political power is the ability to borrow essentially unlimited sums for next to nothing: what I have long termed free money for financiers.
Armed with central-bank supplied unlimited credit, global capital can outbid local residents and businesses. Over time, profitable enterprises and assets end up in corporate hands.
Consider the typical family farm, not just in America but in Germany, Australia, etc. It’s hard work squeezing a livelihood from the land in a market dominated by a handful of global corporate giants and their state handmaidens, and so unsurprisingly many in the next generation have opted for corporate-state jobs in urban areas rather than shoulder the financial risks of continuing the family farm.
A neighboring farmer might be interested in buying, be he/she will have to borrow the money at (say) 4%.
The global corporation can sell bonds (i.e. borrow money) at less than 1%. The lower cost of capital enables the corporation to outbid local farmers for the land, and this low cost of borrowing also enables the corporation to fund capital-intensive economies of scale that are beyond the reach of family farms.
The net result is the nation’s farmland, its core productive asset, slides inevitably into corporate ownership. Anyone who resists selling out is crushed by low prices (corporate farms can over-produce and survive low prices, family farms cannot). Or they are crushed by the disadvantages of being an “outsider” selling to the corporate supply chain, which favors in-house suppliers or large corporate producers.
The same dynamic — the unparalleled power of cheap credit — leads to corporate ownership which then funds corporate dominance of the political process. Consider building a house for your family. You’ll need construction financing, and since that’s riskier than a conventional mortgage to buy an existing home, that will cost you between 4% and 5%, and requires thousands of dollars in fees.
The corporate homebuilder can borrow at 1%. Guess who’s construction costs are cheaper?
As corporations buy up productive assets, they consolidate these assets into cartels and quasi-monopolies that can be protected from competition by lobbying and campaign contributions. Once you can buy up productive assets with cheap borrowed money, the profits start piling up, and you can use a thin sliver of these profits to hire lobbyists and buy political favors/protection from politicos desperate to cling onto their power.
The net result of unlimited credit for corporations is a Corporatocracy that constantly expands its financial and political power. And the net result of this corporate control of governance is: governments come and go, candidates come and go, and political movements come and go, but the Corporatocracy remains in charge.
Corporations Are People, And They Have More Rights Than You
Ever since Citizens United, the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision allowing unlimited corporate and union spending on political issues, Americans have been debating whether, as Mitt Romney said, “Corporations are people, my friend.” Occupy Wall Street protestors decried the idea, late night comedians mocked it, and reform groups proposed amending the Constitution to eliminate it. Today, however, the Supreme Court endorsed corporate personhood — holding that business firms have rights to religious freedom under federal law. Not only do corporations have rights, their rights are stronger than yours.
The question came to the Supreme Court in a challenge to regulations implementing President Obama’s landmark health care law. Those regulations require employers with 50 or more employees to provide those employees with comprehensive health insurance, which must include certain forms of contraception. The contraception requirement was designed to protect the rights of women.Studies showthat access to contraception has positive benefits for women’s education, income, mental health, and family stability.
Chemtrails which are known to contain heavy metals such as barium oxide and aluminum oxide, are known to be a bigger problem than once thought. Others have researched chemtrails at great length, but may not have known about the negative effects on ecology, the environment and human beings which have recently been discovered.
This essay is meant to create awareness, not panic.
Have you ever been standing at a gas station pump, waiting for your vehicle to fill up out in the country in what you thought was clean, fresh air? Did you also notice the top surface of the pump housing may have been covered with rough grey dust? Much of that material can be from chemtrail fallout from aluminum and barium oxide. What goes up, must come down. And all of us are breathing it. Sickness almost always visits communities within a 1-3 days after the spraying has taken place. Headaches, coughs that won’t go away, sore throats and head and upper chest congestion are not uncommon. Your body does not want this metal embedding itself in your respiratory tract. It becomes an irritant.
Recent research shows that aluminum oxide which is a heavy metal, can do far more damage to human beings than once thought. The metal can also affect plants, and is far more insidious than once thought.
EFFECTS OF ALUMINUM OXIDE ON HEART AND LUNGS
A paper written by Wardle, Lee, Akester, and Braithwaite at Thiokol Corp. warns of hazards from aluminum oxide nanoparticles. In their paper, they express concern that epidemiological studies suggest an association between inhaled ambient particulate material and adverse cardiopulmonary (heart and lungs) effects. The mechanisms related to this toxicity are still unclear. Their paper shows methods to control ultra-fine particles, to limit inhaled nanoparticles in humans.
EFFECTS OF ALUMINUM ON ECOLOGY
Is the government silent about the negative effects of aluminum? From the EPA website, we read the following about acid effects and aluminum. The 22-page paper contains numerous references to scientific papers which are available at the EPA website:
“Acid deposition can occur in the wet or dry form and can adversely affect aquatic resources through the acidification of water bodies and watersheds. Acidification of aquatic ecosystems is of primary concern because of the adverse effects of low pH and associated high aluminum concentrations on fish and other aquatic organisms.”
“Aluminum which can be toxic to organisms is soluble at low pH and is leached from watershed soils by acidic deposition. Acidification may affect fish in several ways. The direct physiological effects of low pH and high aluminum include increased fish mortality, decreased growth, and decreased reproductive potential. The mechanism of toxicity involves impaired ion regulation at the gill. Population losses occur frequently because of recruitment failure, specifically due to increased mortality of early life stages. Changes at other trophic levels may affect fish populations by altering food availability.”
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Now let’s focus on a solution, shall we? Here is a video I found today. There are a lot of people that I know here in Southern California that are having issues with coughing. Maybe this will help. Take a look at the video and then click on the link. No, I don’t sell this product but I do think it may help. Peace to you all.
Happy Tuesday dear followers and readers! Starting this month I wanted all of you to know that each and every month I will be making minor changes, updates including text, links, and media as things shift in our world that affect the “about page.”
The reason that the about page may shift is that life is shifting and fast.
Regardless of what anyone tells you, there is no more precious a gift than Freedom Of Speech. For so many of us here in America, our form of this specific freedom are the millions and millions of blog postings we put up each day expressing different points of view.
The mainstream media in America has lost its mind since the 2016 election.
Even though I have been a traditional moderate democrat since I turned 18 in 1975 in 1980, I became what is known as a “Ronald Regan Democrat.”
Interest was at 21%, and gas prices were too high, and America was dealing with the hostage crisis in Iran.
Are you old enough to remember those times?
There was one bizarre thing that happened after I voted for Ronald Reagan and he took the oath of office.
Do you want to know what it was?
Here is my take on this and I remember it like it was just yesterday:
Since the Democrats lost the White House in 1980, the party as a whole, became “sore losers.”
The reason that so many moderate and conservative Democrats voted for Ronald Reagan was they did not want to high-interest rates. The general public was tired of high gas prices. President Reagan ran for public office by promising to reduce regulations on business.
Does this sound familiar? President Trump, like President Reagan, got rid of regulations to help a business succeed.
In 2019, there is no such thing as being a moderate Democrat. These people don’t exist anymore. Where have these people gone?
They all switched to the Republican Party even if they are a RINO (Republican In Name Only). They have become independents, or they are looking for a new party to join.
Freedom of Speech is so precious to the American DNA that if you are in Europe, Asia, Russia or even in the middle east, the real fight is here in America, and it’s a fight for ideas.
Reflections On Trump’s Current Chess Game by Mitch Santell
Congratulations, you have just witnessed something in America that no other President would have the guts to do. What is it? President Donald J. Trump signed the current budget to keep the U.S. Government open while at the same time declaring a National Emergency. In my view? This is an absolutely brilliant strategy. This is the long game. It will still be a wild ride, but at least the amusement park is also known as America will still be around so that the circus can continue. (I love my country, I don’t take what is happening lightly but I do realize, we have to keep our sense of humor).
The White House confirmed Thursday that President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency in an attempt to bypass Congress and get more funding for his Mexico border wall project.
Trump will also sign off on a congressional bill that would authorize a much smaller amount of wall money than the president had been demanding.
“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action, including a national emergency, to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border,” spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.