We have the ability to make the sun shine from within, as Tao Porchon-Lynch, 97 years young yoga teacher and dancer, tells us in her autobiography.
This week, whether it was the Christian gospel singer, the Benedictine monk Gregorian chanter, the Iranian Sufi musician and singer, the Grammy nominee Kirtan chanter, or the Jewish cantor - they all shared their music in such a way as to create sunshine within.
And it was an unusually rainy period, so inner sunshine was great!
Today was an absolutely perfect weather day, and the sun-kissed faces of guests who enjoyed the beach radiated a high spirit and energy level.
Our current guest speaker is Dr. Joe Dispenza, who is an expert on the ways the human brain can be used to affect reality. His research on meditative states show that our brain circuitry can be measurably changed, as well as the heart rate and energy field of the body. He is also a best selling author.
His recent findings include documentation of chemical changes taking place in the brain, and the speed of healing being highly impacted by the chemical changes and rewiring of brain connections. It is fascinating work that he is undertaking around the world.
One interesting statistic, to ponder: typically, we have 60,000-70,000 thoughts per day..........and 90% of them are the same as the day before. I hadn't ever thought about the number of thoughts that were identical from one day to the next, but in reality, from the moment we wake until we go to sleep, the thoughts are rote and the same.
We create life habits based on the daily repetition over a lifetime of the same thoughts, and then the same ensuing actions that follow.
My own progress here continues, and yet some habits are very, very difficult to change.
This past week, I noted that many of the petty and at times, irritating, daily interactions with people is a never ending struggle, even in Paradise.
The yin and the yang exist in people too, and it seems that my having a strong and positive constitution often requires dealing with many negative people. I think I am confronted with the negativity, in order to learn the lesson of non-attachment. I used to think I was needed to lift others spirits and provide the positive, in order to change the flow of negativity.
If you think of a strong magnet that can hold many other small magnets, that seems to be me.
Being non-attached would be like losing my magnetic pull, and while it may not sound positive at first thought,
it would be wonderful to not have the constant challenge of dealing with the many needy, negative, complainers that also live and work in Paradise and everywhere on this planet.
It doesn't mean that I wouldn't work with and still care about people, but I would be less impacted by them.
My own sense of well being would remain intact, no matter the ups and downs of others.
I used to think that this teaching of non attachment sounded a bit callous or indifferent, but I'm starting to realize that the lessons of life keep repeating, until we understand and can move on.
The squabbles, moans, groans and complaints of others will not go away, no matter how empathetic I am, nor whether I listen to the negativity for hours on end or not. And at times, even the most sympathetic ear just isn't enough to make some people feel better.
The lethargic and excuse-laden people will also not change just because I provide numerous solutions to motivate and energize them. They have their own karma to deal with, and maybe misery is part of it.
I have to lessen my connection to the improvement path that I can envision for others, as it may not be desired by them at all.
I don't plan to give up my positive nature, but I want to try out creating my inner sunshine and keeping it, despite the negativity, complaints and down states of others.
Each time I think I've gotten this figured out, my physical and emotional reactions of frustration and disappointment to different work ethics, work capacity and work paces rise up and show me that I still need practice:)
The virtue of patience and the ability to detach from expectations for others are the goals.
Guess I will keep practicing, and karma will make sure I have plenty of challenges in this area, whether I want them or not:)
I hope you have a week of Sunshine within!
Sending You Love from the Bahamas,🌞
Thank you for taking this journey with me!
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