Every now and again, it is useful, if not essential to step outside our normal means of existence and daily routines to take in the full perspective of life. This after all, is the purpose of a vacation; to get away from it all. In doing so, we gain some clarity in our lives, clarity in relationships, clarity with our life direction, clarity with everything. Seeing our lives from a distance is also the purpose of meditation; to step back from our ego-based realities to gain a sense of spiritual clarity. This is also known as being “above the fray.” With distance comes perspective. With perspective comes understanding. With understanding comes wisdom. As the meditation expression goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher will come.”
Stress Tip for the Day:
Somewhere in the course of today, close your eyes for a few moments and take a metaphorical step back from your life. Imagine how someone from Greenland might view your life. How might a dying person view your life? Imagine how a destitute person might perceive your life. How might your great-great-great grandmother or grandfather view your life? Once you play with these perspectives in your mind, remind yourself how good you really have it. And once you can learn to step back, realize the importance of being “above the fray,” in a fast-paced world where there is much negativity and ego-based fear mongering. Whether it’s a meditation practice or a tropical vacation, these times of stepping back are a reminder to “ be in this world, but not of it.” Please make a habit of it.
Links, Books and Movies Worth Noting:
A documentary movie called Winged Migration, follows several species of birds with some of THE most incredible footage ever filmed. Not only is it a great film, but a great reminder to stay above the fray.
Quote for the Day:
“You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars; You have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” —Max Ehrmann, Desiderata
Photo for the Day:
Today’s photo was taken a few weeks ago on the top of Crough Patrick, a sacred mountain near Westport, Ireland. I climbed the mountain with several people from our tour, including Matt, pictured here, wearing the famous red jacket. Thanks Matt. Enjoy!
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 12 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 (7e) and the newly released, A Beautiful World: The Earth Song Journals. He can be reached through his website: www.brianlukeseaward.net
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