Grace, Depression, and EFT

People define Grace in many ways, often in relation to specific religions.  The definition I like best is an inclusive one that captures the feeling of being in harmony with wherever I am and whatever I may be doing.  For me, feeling a sense of unimpeded energy flow, of easy passage through Scylla and Charybdis should they suddenly appear, and of trust in the deep underlying intelligence and purposefulness of life on Earth puts me in the amazing zone of timeless perfection in which all things fit together in mysteriously beautiful ways.  For me, this state describes bliss, the eternal now, and the peace beyond human understanding.

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Aging, Henry Ford, and EFT

Sooner or later, life presents us with a condition for which we need expert medical attention.  A bone fracture, a bad tooth, cataracts, heart-valve challenges, and cancer diagnoses are examples of circumstances that call for a deepening relationship with the medical practitioners in our lives.  Many of us attend pre-surgery appointments with apprehension and even dread.  Happily, EFT can reduce our anxiety about medical procedures before we have them, and, with frequent, specific use, shorten our recovery time.

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Trusting the Process with EFT

One of the courses I teach for the Community College of Vermont, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) has as its motto Trust the Process.  Many college courses, especially Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses, require very strong left-brain, critical thinking skills.  Theirs is the world of logic and clear measurement.  While PLA and many arts courses require these same critical thinking skills, they also develop right-brain functions such as reflection and intuition, open-ended, often ambiguous processes for which the reminder to “trust the process” is most helpful.

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Creativity and EFT

Looking out on a beautiful autumn morning on Stannard Mountain in Vermont, I marvel at the creative expressions before me.  Nothing is ever the same when I look out my window.  Just now light shifts, leaves drift from increasingly bare tree limbs, and birds weave their unique patterns of flight among the rocks of a decaying stone wall.   Two nights ago, a wild rain storm took down the better half of an old cedar that has been a part of this landscape for a very long time.  Life itself is ever creating a new reality, and we, Life’s human expressions, are called to do the same.

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A Wabi Sabi Life and EFT

There is a concept in Japanese philosophy known as Wabi Sabi.  While this term has had many different meanings over the centuries, here in the west we have borrowed the term to express the staggering beauty we find in the imperfections of life.  A wander through any forest confirms the wisdom of a Wabi Sabi philosophy.  On a recent hike up Camel’s Hump here in Vermont, we discovered fallen trees in various states of decay, leaves in the process of browning, and a path sometimes rutted by the feet of countless ardent visitors.  Stepping off the path, looking high into the canopy of trees, and allowing afternoon sunlight to illumine what it would, we were awed by the exquisite harmonies we found there.  Objectively, we saw rotten wood, decaying leaves, and churned earth; aesthetically, we witnessed the dance of life in one of its most vibrant and inspiring expressions.

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The Cultural Creatives, Aging, and EFT

I first read about the large but invisible group of culture changers known as cultural creatives in 2000 when Paul Ray’s and Sherry Ruth Anderson’s book, The Cultural Creatives:  How 50 Million People are Changing the World, hit book stores.  I believe I heard about the book on a CBC radio show, but I can’t be sure.  What I can be sure of is the electric shock of recognition I felt when I heard the authors describe their research into a sizable but largely invisible segment of Americans whose values set them apart from mainstream culture.  

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Seasonal Changes and EFT

Most of us are positively and negatively affected by weather changes.  On sunny days we smile (for the most part), and when it has been raining torrents for what seems like weeks, we grumble (unless we are building our Arks.)  While there is something to be said for the glories of every season, we here in the upper half of the Northern Hemisphere appear to revel in our summers more than any other season.  Perhaps this is because local fruits and vegetables are with us in such abundance, or because digging in the dirt and walking in the sunshine connect us with our essential humanity.  Not many of us let go of summer without a few bittersweet sighs.  We may delight in the autumn colours and brisker temperatures, but there are those boots and coats we have to dust off and slog with us wherever we go.  While summer is an expansive time and expansion is always exciting, once fall comes, its contractions announce the birth of a whole new way of being in the world.

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Saying Yes to Life with EFT

We usually get our wood for the winter in early summer.  This timing creates the luxury of a long slow stacking process, something we enjoy because there is no rush in getting it accomplished.  Sometimes we stack as little as a cord a week.  Our young strong friends scoff at our slowness, telling us they can stack a cord of wood in an hour.  We admire their strength and speed even as we luxuriate in living in life’s slow lane, at least some of the time.  The slow and steady rhythm appeals to us because stacking wood comes with certain risks, pinched fingers, bruised arms, legs, and feet, and complaining backs included.  And yet, all of these possible injuries are overshadowed by the wisdom of our relationship with wood.  As the sages tell us, “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.  After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”

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Beliefs, Aging, and EFT

What we believe about aging influences how we age.  If we doubt this, there are numerous scientific works proving the role of belief in aging, including Ellen J. Langer’s Counterclockwise, and Bruce Lipton’s The Biology of Belief.  Both books offer convincing evidence about the pivotal role our beliefs have on the way we age, develop illness, recover from illness, and live life as glass-half-full or glass-half-empty people.  Once we become convinced that our beliefs influence our lives we understand that to live with greater energy and joy, we simply need to shift our beliefs about our bodies and our world.  However, we quickly learn our beliefs are often resistant to change.

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The Joy of Daily Balance: The Four-Leaf Clover Meditation

Although we are spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual beings, our lives often demand that we focus on one of these areas to the detriment of others.  For example, work may require hours of intellectual energy in front of a computer, challenging situations with family and friends may overburden our emotional circuits, a variety of situations may require prolonged physical energy expenditures, and all of our material-world demands may conspire to make us feel without spiritual support.  It is easy to fall into the habit of depression or anxiety when we meet one of these basic needs at the expense of others.

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