Not a day goes by where I don’t hear someone comment about how fast the world is changing. Technology grabs most of the attention (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc). Right behind technology, however, are environmental issues (e.g., the Gulf oil spill, global warming, over-fished oceans, etc.) and of course, our current economic issues. Which change, comes fear, and fear triggers the fight or flight (stress) response. Prolonged or chronic stress often manifests in rude, sarcastic, impatient, cynical and apathetic behavior. I once overheard a conversation suggesting that everyone is taking part in a “consentual hallucination.” Great phrase, and at times very accurate. Its hard to distinguish between the nightly news and entertainment. Politicians lie, constantly. Social etiquette seems to be a thing of the past. The good news is that we have a choice. We can either become/remain passive victims in a cruel world or take the high road and do our part to make the world a better place. In this day and age, this means unplugging regularly from the steady stream of ”cyberese” and move from a motivation of fear toward a motivation of love and compassion. In simple terms, its time to wake up!
• Stress Tip For The Day
Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” He also said his life was his message. What message does your life broadcast to the world? Does your life portray a message of stress…or of compassion? Do you feel like you are a slave to technology rather than technology serving you? Stop and take a look at your life then start making a few subtle changes to be the change you wish to see around you.
• Links/Books/Movies Worth Noting:
Over the weekend I went to go see the movie, Inception. While many went to see it regarding the twisted plot and ending, I went with a curiosity to see how the unconscious mind was portrayed. I recommend the movie, but know that corporate America, while not so invasive, already has the concept of “Inception” down really well in the American culture and they don’t need to enter your dreams to plant a message to buy their products.
• Quote for the Day:
“I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.” — E. B. White
Photo of the Day
It was a stunning full moon the other night over the Colorado Rockies! 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 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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