2012, Stress and New Beginnings

There is much buzz in a great many social circles that the world is coming to an end, and soon. NOT! This news is nothing new. For thousands of years people have been forecasting the end of times, sometimes with specific dates; most recently with Y2K, and now with the end of the Mayan Calendar (12/21/12) with a REALLY bad Hollywood movie capitalizing on people’s fears. The world is filled with worrywarts, naysayers and fear-mongers. Gloom and doom end-of-the-world scenarios are nothing more than people projecting their prolonged grieving/fears on to others (fear is a great way to control people too!) Don’t buy into it! It is best to ignore these people—and their negative ways. Negativity only breeds more negativity. Conversely, the world is also filled with bright, happy, compassionate people who work hard to make a difference in the world, one person at a time. These are the people you want to associate with and enjoy their company.

Stress Tip of the Day:
Rather than focusing on the end of the world, consider focusing on living your life to the fullest. Take time to appreciate all the great things that life has to offer. Give thanks and carry and attitude of gratitude! Learn to live your life with no regrets. Tell family and friends that you love them (as often as possible). Live responsibility, sustainability, yet at the same time, enjoy life to the fullest, and all its simple pleasures. Walk on the sunny side of the street! If 2012 means anything, it begs us to shift our consciousness from a fear-based, ego-driven lifestyle to a spiritual consciousness of collaboration and responsibility. You can start right now! Be part of the positive change!

Links/Books Worth Noting:
There are many books (and perhaps even more websites) on the topic of 2012. I have even endorsed one such book, 2012 and the Galactic Center, by Chris Page. A friend from Canada visited me a few weeks ago and we discussed the topic of 2012 quite a bit. He left me with a house warming gift, a book titled The Mystery of 2012 (SoundsTrue), a collection of essays from a score of some of the world’s brightest luminaries. If you REALLY want to know about what the Mayans thought of 2012 and see where some think we are going as a species, please consider reading this book. I highly recommend it!

Photo of the Day:
This image is a photo from space of the Iceland volcano spewing its cloud of dust and ash. Having been to Iceland in 2008, I learned that the whole island is one big volcano that typically lets off steam every 10 years. It may be a nuisance to people flying in and out of Europe, however, it is NOT the end of the world!

Quote for the Day:
“We are approaching an epic shift of consciousness, one that we cannot turn away from; one that we must engage in fully. The world isn’t coming to an end. This is the birthing process of consciousness, one without fear and everyone is invited.”—Barbara Marx-Hubbard

Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 10 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (6E). He can be reached through his website:www.brianlukeseaward.net

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