While our parents and grandparents may have tried to instill this value into all of us growing up we were raised in a very prosperous time, especially here in the United States.
This is a highly consumeristic and materialistic society. We have become complacent and wasteful in our spending and our habits. We know we have whatever we need right at our fingertips. This is more literal than ever before with the onset of online shopping and same-day delivery.
In 2022 you could live your entire life and never leave the house if you so choose to! Food, clothing, medical needs, virtual doctor visits, as long as you worked from home – you could potentially never go out again. That is a really dangerous way to live. It would be easy to become antisocial and dependent on others to bring you everything you need to survive and live.
Prices are rising – from gas to food, to other random goods. The words “out of stock” are becoming more common.
What if suddenly you couldn’t get what you needed or wanted? It is a distinct possibility looming here in the near future.
This is the time to be proactive. We all need to buckle down and save money as well as stock up on necessities.
What’s not being mentioned is the old adage of “waste not – want not.” This means appreciating what you already have. Use items to their full life potential. If you buy something, use it – even if it ends up not being the best version or your favorite. Use it. Get your money’s worth out of it until it’s gone, only then buy its replacement.
The more we go back to this way of viewing things – appreciating that we have them in the first place the less need there is for more or newer “stuff”. If a piece of clothing rips? Mend it. Don’t know how? Learn. If something breaks – can it be fixed? And most importantly – ask yourself “Do I really need it?” much of what we buy it’s a desire, not a need. Learn the difference.
This mentality will not only save you money it will actually bring you more prosperity!
When you are satisfied with what you have you are in gratitude. Gratitude brings in more prosperity. It also equates to greater happiness and satisfaction with life.
The way our Veterans are treated is shameful. The way our military is treated is abusive.
These are people who volunteer to give their time and effort, years of their lives, to help protect and defend this country only to be abused by the government. Sent places they may or may not really need to be, put in contact with chemicals and toxins they never should be in contact with and injected with who the hell knows what purposefully as an experiment.
Then, as if that’s not bad enough, they make them fight to prove the damage that is visible to anyone who isn’t brain dead.
So many vets right now are suffering.
And yet? The help they get – is the VA. Part of the very machine that did this to them. This is like a nationalized case of forced Stockholm Syndrome.
I’m watching this play out first hand as well as secondarily with many others…. Something needs to change.
We are all having a hard time to some extent right now because of the state of the world… but if you happen to know a vet? It might be a really good idea to reach out to them and just let them know you are there and you care.
I have been writing in the field of natural health and medicine for 20 years now. Though I am a great detective this one has me stumped and in figuring out a way to either heal or at minimum, lessen symptoms related to Veterans and Gulf War Syndrome, I have a personal stake.
I am asking my readers for help this time. If you have a loved one dealing with this horrible grouping of symptoms related to service and exposure to Sarin gas and potentially other toxins they came in contact with, would you please message me if you have found ways to help?
My husband is a Navy Vet. He is having symptoms so severe they are becoming a problem with daily life…
He cant sleep (severe insomnia)
Massive night sweats (literally soaking the sheets, his clothes, and even through a mattress protector)
Declining mental state
Inability to focus or think clearly
and the list goes on.
We only recently figured out what this was and while that is a good first step, we are floundering for what comes next having seemingly tried everything natural and pharmaceutical.
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The world is a mess. A lot of us are having a hard time right now. No two people are going through exactly the same experience and it feels like we are all alone. Having the TV yell at us “we are all in this together” constantly doesn’t help things.
For the first time there is no where to run to. Its not just the USA its literally the entire world crumbling. Even for those of us who semi grasp what’s going on, it doesn’t make this transition any less bumpy.
The overall vibration of the planet right now is low. We are feeling it in our hearts and souls and may of us just want to go home (wherever that is). We feel now out of place in a world we once felt safe and secure in. It is no longer the land we love or even a place we recognize.
As if that is not hard enough, we are at odds with other people, some of which we even used to call friends. Division. This has weeded nearly everyone’s friendship garden. Letting go of people is not easy yet somehow it is for the best as we grow in differing directions.
You cannot walk two different paths together.
That old saying “No matter where you go – there you are” has never been truer. We must pull strength from inside of ourselves to get through this phase. There is nowhere to run or hide and it just leaves each of us standing on a baron land naked with only ourselves to contend with. Even those of us who have been working with self-awareness , ascension, and exploration for years are feeling it. Those new to this – please know you aren’t losing your mind…
Anxiety is high and uncertainty is temporarily the new norm.
I’m not a sage or a guru. I have no advice. Best thing I can figure to do is just let go………………………
Let go of everything you feel attached to. Stop holding on so tightly and above all else be easy on yourself and treat yourself kindly as you would a good friend.
Keeping up with the Joneses has become a national pass time. Bigger, better, faster, more – we are a living in a consumeristic society. Materialism has taken hold and become a staple especially in the younger generations.
How much do you really need and why?
Basic needs come down to food and shelter. There are over half a million homeless in the United States alone in 2019. It seems like we need a reality check some times. If you have a job, a car, a home (rented or not), food to eat, and clothes to wear – Yes, you are blessed.
Beyond the basics
Once we have our basic needs covered, it is human nature to want more. We all want money to upgrade all of the basic necessities, to travel and enjoy life, to take care of our health and wellbeing. There is nothing wrong with working hard and enjoying the fruits of your labors. The American dream has long been a self sustaining abundant life.
More and more though it feels like many are not appreciative or grateful for everything they have. They run around comparing their lives to everyone else’s. When they don’t match up or exceed, sometimes they fall in to the trap of feeling not good enough, which leads to depression. To judge based on outside appearances only gives a false reading.
“The true measure of a man is how much he would be worth if he lost everything.”
We have some how propagated the idea that the one who accumulates the most and dies with the most toys wins. Im not knocking money, having money, or being rich. I am fully in favor of all three. What I am knocking is the idea that more money makes you a better person or guarantees that you have a better life.
Fact is there are plenty of depressed miserable people in every tax bracket.
Where Joy Comes From
The simple answer is within. Rather than focusing on what you don’t have, try flipping the script and focus on what you do have – what you are happy for, what you appreciate, your health if you have it, your friends, family, your pets, anything that makes you feel good at any level.
Like attracts like. Opposites do not attract, at least not on a vibrational level. When you give your attention to something you bring in more of it – good or bad. If you focus on always being broke… chances are that streak will continue. Stop it.
When you stop and look around and realize that your life isn’t a contest and the destination isn’t the end all be all, the beauty is in the NOW. It makes it easier to realize you are likely doing better than you may have thought.
At the end of life, no one says “Oh I wish I had worked more” They say “I wish I had spent more time taking a breath, appreciating the little things, and actually saying yes to experiences”.
There is only one you. You are living a life no one else will ever get to live and experience. Make it your own and enjoy it
In a world filled with alarm clocks, rush hour traffic, deadlines that must be met, bills to pay and mouths to feed – multitasking, sleep deprivation and stress have become the norm. Everyone has “one of those days” once in a while.
When stress invades and takes over your world becoming a way of life something needs to change. The human body was not meant to operate on coffee and adrenaline on a daily basis. This type of fast pace high-pressure lifestyle takes its toll on your health, your emotional and spiritual well-being as well as your relationships.
What is stress? – Stress is any physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes the body mentally or physically to be in a state of unrest. But what can you do about it? Quite a bit it turns out! I am going out on a limb to make a controversial and shocking statement. Here goes…are you ready? YOU are creating your life. Pure and simple. Because of this, YOU are the only one who can change it and free yourself from this crazy pace that is taking a toll on your very existence.
“What? No, you just don’t understand” you may think to yourself… “It’s not MY fault, it can’t be. I am not the one causing me all this stress it’s my boss, husband, kids, mother in law, insert another possible scapegoat here.” While it is true that you cannot control anyone else’s actions, what you can control is your reaction to them.
The first step in eliminating stress from your life on a permanent basis is to start with the basic concept that you are in fact 100% responsible for your life.Once you do that, you can see clearly what (and sometimes who) is not in your best interest to keep. We know this is a big step for some, but by doing this you not only take responsibility you take back control.
Step two is changing your outlook. What is it that we all want out of life? A new car? A nice house? A vacation to Tahiti? Well, sure. We all like those things. But why? What is at the core of wanting these material items and experiences?
It’s happiness, joy, relaxation, and excitement! I think we can all agree that what we all want most is simple. We want to feel good.
Here are a couple of exercises to help:
When you wake up first thing in the morning jump out of bed and declare out loud “Today is going to be a fantastic day!” You may feel like a complete buffoon doing this at first, and even like you are lying to yourself. It’s ok to feel silly, humor us and do it anyway. Your subconscious hears you and cannot differentiate between the truth and a lie, it believes everything you say to be true and so accepts it as fact. Believe your day will be fantastic and it will be.
Another very helpful idea is to make a Gratitude List. Any piece of paper will do, just write down everything you have in your life that you feel grateful for. You will be amazed at how much actually ends up on your list. The more you focus on the positive, the more positive you will draw into your life. And in turn, the better you will feel overall!
Some of us start from such a chaotic low place it’s not easy for us to “feel good” now. Ok, we get that, your goal should be to just feel as good as you can right now. Do something nice for yourself. Take a “me” moment. Go for a walk, have a coffee, just let the world fall away for a minute and allow yourself to be at the center of your world and really be in the present time. After all, if you don’t take the time and care for yourself, who will?
Changing the way that you think is no easy task. It takes practice for the mind is like a child with attention deficit disorder. It runs amuck from thought to thought, making order and serenity difficult at best. Meditation is a good way to practice quieting the mind. Take some time out without distractions and turn on some calm soothing music and just “be” in the stillness. Allow your mind to wander but with the focused intent of being calm and clear and just breathe. With time and practice, you will be able to clear your mind of all thought and you will achieve a serene feeling that will stay with you.
In recent years we have been taught in the workplace that in order to succeed we have to do a million things at once and do them correctly. That is a lot of pressure! And this is in fact, is not what successful people do. Successful people do one thing at a time with intent and with focus. They use a to-do list not on the computer or on a palm pilot but on good old-fashioned paper with a pen or pencil, scratching things off and moving along. Why? Because it’s tactile. It becomes more easily engrained in your mind making it easier to remember. We will touch on that in another article.
In order to lead a low-stress existence:
Take responsibility for your life. By doing so you take back control.
Change our outlook, the old saying “fake it till you make it” is more than true. It’s very difficult to be sad when your face is smiling.
Clear your life of things that stress you out – if you don’t like your job –get another one. The same is to be said for personal relationships – if they are beyond repair, love the other person enough and your self enough to appreciate it for what it was and what you have learned from them and let it go.
Take time for yourself – be nice to yourself. You are important! Maintain your body by eating healthy foods, getting regular care – chiropractic and massages.
Clear your mind and allow peace to become a part of your daily life and realize that you deserve it.
Organize – When everything is in its proper place it brings balance to both the heart and mind.
Just breathe – oxygen is very important for the body and most of us breathe way to shallowly. Make sure to breathe from your diaphragm – your shoulders should remain still.
Stress is a top cause of many illnesses as it manifests itself in the body in numerous ways – high blood pressure, anxiety, heart attacks, headache, cancer, depression and many others. Taking steps today to simplify and distress your life could save your health and your life tomorrow.
Chiropractor & Nutritionist in Fort Myers, FL.
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