How to Stay Youthful!

How to support the youthfulness inside has been on my radar for some time now. And I have found two easy ways to do this!
They are dancing and singing.
When I am in the dance, deep enough so that my feeling of separation from the dance disappears, then I experience a euphoria that connects back to my early childhood, and I again become that free spirit that inhabited my early days.
And when I sing with abandon, it is such a thrill that I usually get goose bumps up and down my arms! It is a feeling of youthful delight!

So, I invite you to find a few moments each day to dance and sing. Maybe you can find others who want to join you. Or you can do it alone – whatever your preference.

The Sufi mystic, Hafiz, had it right (by me) when he said:
“God only knows four words: Come dance with me.”
Love…


Resentment

As a child, I was required to do – and not do – many things.

I was forced or coerced to do things totally outside of my natural energy flow. The list of these required activities is long and significant. (It included the food I ate, my excretion activities, my sleep, my wake up time, my language, my clothes, my appearance, my hygiene – baths, teeth, etc., etc.)

As I grew up, especially in my adolescent years, I began a process of shedding these requirements. Many of them, however proved to be socially functional or deeply ingrained, and they were kept.

Once I became a young adult, I began to discover that my life was “not working.” I found myself experiencing anxiety, worry, fear, pain, disappointment, anger, sadness, helplessness, depression, etc.. I found diversions – some of them that began in my childhood – to move away from these painful experiences. These diversions included food, sports, music, dancing, sex, smoking…and more!

And while I began to inquire and to explore my feelings, and understood many of the causes of my negative experiences, this understanding did not free me from a feeling of negativity.

What I then discovered was that although I had released many of the requirements that had been imposed upon me, I had not released the RESENTMENT that grew with them! Once I understood this, I began to explore the resentment and to find ways – especially cathartic processes like Dynamic Meditation – to release them. (Catharsis is the process of actively releasing strong or repressed emotions.)

These release experiences made it clear to me that cathartic processes and meditations are an essential part of moving through resentment, which is one of the keys to “growing up!”

If your inquiry parallels mine, and you find that resentment is still very strong in you, then why not experiment with catharsis – especially one like Osho’s Dynamic Meditation? Check out the schedule for Dynamic at the World of Meditation – http://worldofmeditation.com/calendar/calmain.html

Love…

An Antedote to Worry!

A simple solution to worrying: Do something physical for ten minutes, then sit for ten minutes and just watch the body sensations, the mind and the feelings.
In other words, take the energy that the mind uses to worry and expend it through the body – dance, run, bicycle, swim, etc.! The sitting will help you reconnect to a deeper space…