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The Meeting of Science and Spirit

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We are all beings made of energy, we are all made of light. The atoms that make up our physicality are indistinguishable from the atoms of trees, rocks, the air and even the stars. Yet our body is animated by the same life force energy that connects us all, the one of Consciousness. The main principle that both science and spirituality manage to come to an agreement upon is the fact that ourselves and all that we touch, see, hear, think and feel, whether it is seen or unseen, is merely a form and a rate of vibration. To explain this a little further, each atom, when observed with a powerful microscope, consists of one proton that is continually being orbited by an electron, generating a vibratory pattern. We all are and emanate a rate of vibration, the planet is and emanates a rate of vibration, the whole Universe IS vibrational. This is where all of Humanity reaches a common ground. No matter how divided we have become due to this hierarchical type society -goaded by money, separated by religious, political structures and illusionary barriers that exist to polarize the masses -we are all the same in essence; beings of light, of energy, vibrating with consciousness.

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“Do you remember how electrical currents and “unseen waves” were laughed at? The knowledge about man is still in its infancy.” – Albert Einstein

“The visible world is the invisible organization of energy.” – Physicist Heinz Pagels

As most people would tend to define it, Consciousness is not about a simple state of wakefulness driven by the ego, mind and intellect alone. It is the essence of what makes us experiencers, perceivers and dreamers with such a rich and multifaceted inner world that is undeniably beyond the bounds of mainstream science. Physics, biology, chemistry or any other science, when remaining in the box of their own rules, simply cannot account for having intuition, wisdom, and a deeper sense of Self beyond what can be studied of human cognition. As much as science has been successful in explaining the functioning and structure of the material world, when it comes to understanding the immaterial world and depth of human consciousness, scientific rationalization gets awkward and the hard questions are left unanswered. On the other hand, religion blindly leaves science out of the picture, divides humanity by perpetuating the misleading doctrine of “God’s separatist order” and in doing so fails to keep the fundamental message of Unconditional Love untampered.

As Albert Einstein said, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind”. He could easily see through dogmatic religions but also realized that there is more to life than what can be measured by science. Funnily enough, he’s been somewhat labeled as a “mad scientist” for how his multidimensional perspectives, clarity and undimmed perception of authority pushed the envelope on society’s boundaries. My point is not to elaborate on hundreds of self-righteous biblical doctrines or to study the superficial anatomy of brain processes, but to dissolve the need for confining boxes and raise awareness on how reality is not limited to what is accepted as “truth” through the fixed set of beliefs within our society.

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If mainstream science could come to terms with the fact that there is truth beyond logic, and if religions could rip off their labels and see that truth is beyond dogma, both would find common ground through an essence beyond the polarities of our world. Before going any further in the subject of our vibrational reality, let’s explore the root-cause of why metaphysical/spiritual perspectives remain a vision that is labeled as “outside the box”.

Metaphysics – The Primacy of Consciousness:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7799171063626430789#

Consciousness Drives the Universe:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7799171063626430789#docid=7670392709414846242

The Oddballs of Modern Society

Metaphysics and Spirituality are simply a reflection of science and religion moving beyond their self-imposed limits, and both uniting above confined logic and dogmatic beliefs, seeing all as One instead of perpetuating the cycle of division. They happen to be the oddballs within our modern society for the simple reason that they do not conform to the popular views and polarized belief systems endorsed by governments, religious, mediatic and educational institutions/corporations. People whose opinion is founded upon the system’s supported beliefs and suppressed alternatives will either point out how intangible and merely hypothetical Metaphysics and Spirituality are to science, or misperceive it as an attack to their religious faith -or whatever doctrine they identify themselves with. Either way, it all stems from their own defense mechanism of what “box” their minds cherish and feel comfortable with, because what questions a fixed belief and lifts its veils towards a wider perspective, threatens the belief. Religious institutions keep their “sinner” followers safe in heaven and from hell while casting out all non-believers, while mainstream science keeps their advocates safe in their intellectual sanity, which in essence are reasonings that stem from the fear of stepping out of comfort zones, of searching for a deeper answer than the one they identified their lives with.

“All fixed beliefs refusing to remain flexible and open to new perspectives, are fear-based and separatist. All fixed believers refusing to remain flexible and open to new perspectives are actually fearful of facing themselves not armed with a belief. A perspective that is free of doctrine, fear, judgment, exclusiveness, and unconditionally embracing the core essence of consciousness within all, just might be the one of our unconditionally loving God.”

Some individuals remain indifferent and uninterested to a higher meaning of life because of how “dinosaur” wisdom is to our materialistic society, and how irrelevant it is to ask ourselves such questions when the world revolves around career performance and money anyways.

Trained Humanity:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VRsRFTq5fY

Why is it that Metaphysical perspectives and Spirituality are either ignored or satirized by the mainstream media and suppressed in our education? Why would common-sense and fundamental truths reminded by simple wisdom, such as indigenous values, are being disregarded and even ridiculed in our modern society? Is it because this “out of the box” or “too simple” perception is for lunatics, or is it because the system ruling our lives is orchestrated and designed to pull us away from our true nature and consciousness?

Message from an Elder:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9piIziXU9RE&feature=related

The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQmz6Rbpnu0

Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight (Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist):

http://vimeo.com/3907053

When you take a few steps back and look at the bigger picture, the answer becomes quite obvious:

What would take away our need to identify ourselves with profit-making belief systems and popular mindsets/trends? What would bring us closer to our spirit instead of being constantly distracted, exhausted and dependant on external quick-fixes and materialistic consumption? What would bring unity and dissolve division, fear, anger, discrimination, close-mindedness, stress and pressure to obey, conform and perform within this system? What would deprogram our minds and open our eyes to the grand scheme of things?

The answer to all of these… has no economic value.

The moment you start digging to the roots of our monetary system, a bigger picture quickly starts to take form.

David Icke – Brilliant Speech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBJKCz6Xhzs

Zeitgeist Addendum (Facts of our monetary system):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EewGMBOB4Gg

Money/Economic Documentaries:

http://www.sprword.com/money.html

It doesn’t take much to see that division, distraction, conformism, fear mongering and disinformation are the main factors preventing a population from questioning both authority and the fundamental construct of social structures ruling their lives. Through years of exposure to constant fear-based media reporting and an overemphasis on meaningless, mind-numbing entertainment, we have been fastidiously withheld in apathy and ignorance towards injustice. Furthermore we have manipulated into believing that wars, famine, greed, scarcity, domination of the rich over the poor and the disrespect of planet Earth are merely a product of human nature, as if this outcome was inevitable.

When you are able to look at our world situation from a wider perspective with the simple use of discernment and intuition -rather than conforming to standard mindsets -you begin to see how what has become of our society has absolutely nothing natural to it.

Environmental Documentaries:

http://www.sprword.com/environmental.html

War Documentaries:

http://www.sprword.com/war.html

Bill Hicks on War and Freedom:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGPH4htkDWM

Pharmaceutical Industry – Not in business of Health, Healing, Cures, Wellness:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AazObF_pHSU&feature=channel

Cancer – Step Outside the Box:

http://www.cancerstepoutsidethebox.com/intro.html/

Behind the Big News – Propaganda and the CFR:

http://www.sprword.com/videos/behindthebignews/

Valedictorian speech on education:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9M4tdMsg3ts&feature=player_embedded

Jordan Maxwell – Government & Religion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neLoq6IL3p8

The business of war, famine, domination of the rich over the poor and the disrespect for our planet earth isn’t about human nature anymore. The very system we live in is all about dehumanizing our true nature, molding us all it into a sheep-like behavior suited to maintain the functionality of this corrupted monetary system. It is all about business, greed and power. What better way for rulers to get away with it than to keep us divided, distracted, exhausted, enslaved by the system and oblivious of our true spiritual nature?

“Just look at us. Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroys information and religions destroy spirituality.” – Michael Ellner

The word conspiracy has now become an obscure thing. They have even paired the word with “theory”, because people in general have better things to do than to research information that is only theoretical, right? The ones pulling the strings on our government are the same ones behind those 5 massive integrated corporations that have control over the media. We are being bombarded with meaningless and mind numbing entertainment. We are having our thoughts controlled by constant fear-based reporting that is molding our perception of reality and perpetuating a fear towards ever stepping outside the box.

“If an Economist, Doctor, Lawyer, Media Personalities, Government Officials, etc. Makes a claim it is Automatically deemed credible, at time without any substantial evidence, though evidence is no obstacle to the necessary Consensus Reality. If anyone presents information that “contradicts” the Official Investigations… And/Or Current “Norms” of a present society, he’s labeled as crazy. Is condemned, Mis-represented, and ostracised. Often by those who only read the Headlines without reading information that further substantiates the particular point. Way of the world, I’m afraid. Though I feel compelled to ask Why is it the way of the world?” – David Icke

Question the world you live in:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f0sDWcZ4IY

The power structure:

http://www.sprword.com/overwhelmed.html

The men behind the curtain:

http://www.sprword.com/globalelite.html

You have Awakened:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxwG8RxQ5Zc

A “War” of Vibrations

While the anger-driven conspiracy whistleblowers are serving in the sense that they shed light on government fraudulency and deceit within the political, religious and educational structures of our world, to perpetuate the vibration of hatred, anger or fear is to miss the point of it all. As Einstein said, we cannot solve a problem with the same level of consciousness that created it, therefore, we cannot free ourselves by emanating the same low vibration that enslaved us in the first place. We all know in our hearts that corruption is not in sync with the highest Truth. But haven’t we had enough experiences that demonstrated how fighting cannot transcend duality? Have we not realized that it instead keeps on manifesting more confusion, division, fear and anger through the vibration it carries?

“In fear, they’re in control. In Love, we’re in control” – Alex Collier

The truth becomes simple when you truly awaken to what lies beyond the surface of the material world. This global duality is, in essence, nothing but a war of vibrations. Therefore, it is not foolish to presume that we can become what we fight. The controlling elite of our world know of this, and will keep on controlling us through fear for this very reason: to perpetuate anger, fear and hate, because their low-vibrational frequencies allow them to remain in control. Doesn’t it make sense that if you maintain a population of interconnected beings of light and of limitless potential into the illusion of fear, division and dependency, a few men can rule in the name of their own greed?

This conspiracy is, in essence, but an attempt at maintaining Humanity oblivious to their interconnectedness to all of their fellow brothers and sisters, of Planet Earth and of the animal kingdom, and therefore oblivious to who we really are: Souls having a human experience, all connected through the Source of Unconditional Love, beyond all form of judgment. The more of us who become knowledgeable of who they really are, the more all control mechanisms will begin to crumble.

“So who are we? We are the life force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. And we have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world. Right here right now, I can step into the consciousness of my right hemisphere where we are –I am– the life force power of the universe, and the life force power of the 50 trillion beautiful molecular geniuses that make up my form. At one with all that is. Or I can choose to step into the consciousness of my left hemisphere. where I become a single individual, a solid, separate from the flow, separate from you.” -Jill Bolte Taylor, Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist

There is a higher purpose to duality, and it is to learn how to see the Truth past it. It is to understand that the state of the world is a reflection of our collective inner-state, of how we still let ourselves be overruled by attachment to our ego’s dualistic perspective that is perpetuating our own inner-battles. And as long as we keep on perceiving the world through the ego’s eyes of judgment, fear, anger and hatred, our unconsciousness will continue to be reflected outwards, creating a collective challenge ruled by separation and egotistical purposes, rather than unity and Love which is the core essence of who we are. This is the “divine plan”, the great lesson we have come here to learn, as eternal souls living the human experience.

“We are not called to fight the bad guy, harm it, or fear it. We are just called to dig within and find our sacred ground. To stand in full love by our bottom line. And as we do, the bad guy will very quickly scuttle away or drop its mask. Because it was never about the bad guy, but about us all along, about finding that essence inside, embracing all of who we are, when faced with any challenge. It is one of the ways in which we can honor the bad guy in his role of carrier of lessons, who is volunteering to wear a dark mask, so we may reach for more and find what was lost. It’s not a fight nor a struggle. It’s a quest for an affirmation of worth.” – Katie Gallanti

We are all interconnected, we are all One, and therefore by healing ourselves within and embodying peace, we uplift the whole. Doesn’t it make sense that in a state of Peace, free of limitative fears, judgments and conditions of the mind, we would reclaim our limitless creative potential? Isn’t our authenticity to the unconditionally loving essence of who we are the most beautiful gift we could give to ourselves and to the world?

“It’s just a ride and we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money, a choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one.” – Bill Hicks

I am Another Yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNdlf5TavAU

Evolution is Now:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D64iYXRpzak%EF%BB%BF

To follow our heart’s calling, to be the pure reflection of that which we truly are without any strings attached, without any expectations and need of approval, is really all that is required of us. It is how we raise our own vibrational frequency towards the one of pure Love. No spiritual dogma, religious doctrine, warrior mentality or fixed step-by-step procedure needed. It is this simple Truth that will change the face of our vibrational reality as more awaken to their higher purpose, which is to be anchors of light, of who they really are. And it all starts with dissolving our own veils of inner-battle.

The more I know the simpler it gets – all genius is simple at its core when the veil of complexity is removed.” – David Icke

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New Moon In Aries: Taking Bold Action

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We are having a New Moon in Aries during the later hours of April 11th in the Americas and on the 12th everywhere else in the world. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned throughout this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Scorpio on April 26th/27th.

Aries season began at the Equinox (on March 20th globally this year) as it always does, as per the framework of the Tropical Zodiac. Being the first of twelve signs, and initiator of a transitional season, it begins the Astrological New Year. However with this New Moon actually occurring in Aries as well, it will crank up the energies of this sign even more so in comparison to the previous weeks that were part of a lunar cycle initiated by a New Moon in Pisces.

Aries is the domain of self, independence, and individual needs. As a Cardinal Fire sign ruled by Mars, it is assertive, courageous, direct, pioneering, and leading. It is initiating, quick, bold, energetic, and warrior-like. Negatively, this energy can be inconsiderate, selfish,  hot tempered, combative, restless, impatient, aggressive, and overly competitive. Aries lacks thoroughness due to its quick forward energy.

New Moon Conjunct Mercury & Venus In Aries

This New Moon is close to both Mercury and Venus. This can reflect a period in which our social interactions and engagement with others can be more lively. Both Mercury and Aries have a busy moving type of energy and we may feel more active, physically and/or mentally, as a result.

The conjunction of both of these planets with this New Moon also means it is tied into cycles that each of those planets have with the Sun. Venus recently joined the Sun in the last week of March and it is now travelling ahead of it in zodiacal position.

In recent weeks this has been a time in which we experienced shifts, developments, endings, beginnings, or more clarity around Venus areas of friends, love, social dynamics, values, worth, or financial matters in some cases. This New Moon and the weeks following can continue this process, especially when it comes to beginnings or newer ways of expressing ourselves in these areas.

Mercury is now approaching the Sun as they will make their conjunction on April 18th/19th. At that time we may experience developments, which may be significant, connected to what has transpired during its previous retrograde in February and how things have unfolded since then. From there, these things may develop further with a better perception, or circumstances may indicate lack of sufficiency, not what was anticipated, or that something needs to change.

Planets In Aries Square Pluto & Sextile Mars Trine Jupiter

This New Moon, along with Venus and Mercury, are in a square with Pluto and sextile with Mars and Jupiter. Pluto combined with Aries and Mars energy can reflect a period of intensity. However, it can also play out as issues around power, control, manipulation, jealousy, insubordination, or subversion.  It can also be revealing, psychological, compulsive, transforming, and purging.

The sextile with Mars in Gemini adds to the lively, assertive, instinctual, and energetic expressions of Aries. The Aries’ planets sextile to Jupiter, which is also trine Mars, can be good for applying ourselves in a way that is expansive, optimistic, educational, philosophical, explorative, freedom seeking, or centered around beliefs. New doors may open up and it can even be lucky for some people.

Uranus square Saturn (mentioned here in a previous article) is still in the backdrop as it will be throughout the year. Although it’s not in one of its strong periods, themes of ‘freedom/rebellion/revolution being at odds restrictions/limitations/traditions are still playing out. This may get activated in different ways by this new lunar cycle and the Aries energy that has already been present over the previous weeks following the Astrological New Year.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

How would you like to grow and expand and what do you need to change to get there? In what areas do you need to be more bold or courageous? What have your relationships shown you in recent weeks? What is important for your individuality? What are your personal needs? What do you stand for and should you be fighting for it? Do you need to be a leader in any aspects of your life? Are there any new things that you want to explore?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 2:31am Universal Time on April 12th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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A Symbiosis of Humans & Technology – Changing The Conversation

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Have you ever noticed that discussions about transhumanism tend to focus on technology more than humanism? The journey to reaching our highest potential as a species is usually focused externally on the technology rather than internally on our conscious evolution. This is probably because people assume that conscious evolution is more about spirituality whereas technology is more having to do with the things humans create. The two paths are interdependent so we need more conversations between experts in each of these fields. It will only be through a recognition of the symbiotic nature between humans, their technology, and the environment that we will avert self-destruction.

trans·hu·man·ism (n.) 1. A belief that humans should strive to transcend the physical limitations of the mind and body by technological means. 2. A movement of people who espouse such a belief.

Standing at a Crossroads: The influence that technology has on society and culture is called, technodeterminism. Most of us carry mini supercomputers in our pockets called smartphones. These devices act as external brains which seamlessly integrate into most aspects of our life. Most of us are completely dependent on them for travel, work, communication, entertainment, and beyond. Take a moment to consider the future implications of augmented reality, artificial intelligence, machine-learning, mass surveillance, automation, genome editing, nanotechnology, and their potential influences on society, culture, and our environment.

When I think about these things, I can’t help but ask:

Why aren’t people like the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, and Dr. Andrew Weil conversing more with people like Ray Kurzweil, Elon Musk, and Steve Mann?

Ancient Futures: It will become increasingly imperative for our most advanced technologies to be informed by the natural ethos of indigenous people blended with the emotional-intelligence of our enlightened spiritual masters. We must remember that the first humans who captured fire to light their cave, stay warm on a cold night, or cook their food were using technology. Anthropologists proudly call us humans “tool-makers” as one of the attributes that make us distinct from most species.

Paradigm Shift: Conscious evolution will require a concerted effort to communicate across silos and disciplines. Cooperation and collaboration towards collective goals will need to take the place of competition for personal gain. What are we hoping to accomplish, and at what cost? We are a risk-taking species and that drives us to exceed all our limitations. Let’s make these be calculated risks because with our technology also comes a great responsibility.

Start Within: Even our most sophisticated technology does not possess the complexities of organic systems. Computers and machines can do many things for us but they will never be able to feel for us. The realm of emotion is central and unique to our human experience yet it is only now starting to be recognized as a valuable form of intelligence.

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to recognize one’s own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior.” -Andrew Coleman A Dictionary of Psychology

Research in multiple fields of study shows that curiosity, creativity, taking initiative, multi-disciplinary thinking, and empathy are skills that will redefine traditional beliefs about intelligence. The ability to accommodate new information requires a certain level of mental flexibility, humility, and ultimately character. It is through our ability to feel and process our emotions that our higher intelligence flourishes.

SuperHumans: Any sports fan knows that there are individuals who possess superhuman gifts. Think of popular sports stars like Michael Jordan, or any of the various extreme sports heroes who somehow manage the seemingly impossible. We also have the various musical or art prodigies who express the skills of a master before the age of 10. We have seen humans walk on red-hot coals with bare feet, walk a tightrope between skyscrapers, and exhibit mind-boggling feats of mental-focus, and will-power. Did you know that Wim Hof ran a half marathon barefoot on ice and snow, with a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes, and 34 seconds? Humans are capable of amazing things when they channel discipline, practice, creative brilliance, fearlessness and focus. We have barely scratched the surface of what is possible!

Global Meditation: This simple practice of quieting the mind, and bringing presence to one’s breathing has a long list of documented benefits that include enhanced neural connections, deep feelings of connection and well-being, as well as a strengthened immune system. When we compound this focused intention to include tens of thousands of people all over the world, we begin to literally shift planetary magnetic resonance. The science does not lie, we are potent electrical beings with the ability to focus consciousness and create beyond our wildest imaginations.

Everything technology offers is a reflection of the technology that we, as humans are. Learning to laugh at ourselves a little while delving into our emotions and to make room for possibilities beyond our currently held beliefs is essential for this journey. In order for us to create technology that is aligned with all of life and our planet, we must first become aligned with ourselves and each other. Global meditation is where we practice together!

We can no longer claim that a technology is advanced if it is destroying our skies and rivers or perpetuating harmful practices like war and domination. These are examples of misguided technologies. Our DNA has been informed by countless generations of evolution. It is time that we focus our consciousness towards the natural wisdom kept by indigenous people, while embracing the presence of enlightened spiritual masters. This will allow us to infuse our science and highest technological advancements with ecological and emotional intelligence for the benefit of all life.

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A Proven Technique To Neutralize Draining Emotional Reactions

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  • The Facts:

    We'll explore a simple scientifically proven technique to help neutralize emotional reactions that often drain our energy and reduce our ability to think clearly and make effective decisions.

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    How often do you check in to how you're are feeling? Do you feel you are able to self regulate your emotions easily?

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Do you notice that you sometimes feel tired or fatigued but are not sure why? Maybe you can have a restful sleep and still wake up having a sense that your energy is not quite there? Maybe you notice yourself being reactive, having a short fuse and feeling unclear about what decisions to make? Maybe you say things to friends, family or people online that you later regret or didn’t truly mean. Much of this can have a lot to do with how we’re feeling emotionally on a regular basis. Emotions that are happening just a touch outside our conscious awareness.

Let’s just do a very quick check in to see what I mean. If you stop a take a moment right now to ask “how am I feeling?” What do you notice? Are you feeling good? Energized? Do you have a background tension? Are you a bit stressed? Annoyed? Are you relaxed and calm? Are you perhaps relaxed yet feeling blah? When we do these check ins we bring awareness to how we might be feeling. This is something we typically don’t do that often and thus are simply not consciously aware of how we feel. If we were a bit more consciously aware of how we felt, we’d have a greater understanding of what we could do to feel better as we know where we’re at.

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This is important because one of the greatest unrecognized sources of prolonged stress, fatigue and physical wear and tear on our bodies comes from living our day to day lives in a state where we consciously or subconsciously experience what we might call ‘draining emotions.’ These are emotions like worry, fear, anger, resentment, or sadness etc.

For each of us, we’re likely going to experience these emotions at some point in life, and this is normal. Typically when we experience these emotions, we’re getting an insight into ourselves. Since what triggers these emotions can often be subjective, we can learn something about our current self by paying attention to these emotions. For example, someone might cut us off while we’re driving on the freeway. On one hand, one person might react aggressively and become very angry, while another might simply see it as a mistake on the part of the other driver and move on with their day.

Why some of us react and others don’t typically comes down the the story we’re telling ourselves about why that person cut you off. Perhaps they take it personally, perhaps they see it as an attack in some way – who knows? You. Only you know, and you can get closer to knowing what that is so you don’t harbour that draining emotion for the rest of the day, and even remove the trigger to begin with so you don’t necessarily have to go down that angry road every time something small like this happens.

I want to be clear here, we’re not looking to avoid emotions or never experience them, we’re looking to gain awareness around why they come, and ultimately have the choice over what gets us bothered and what might be better to simply let go. There is a difference between momentarily feeling an emotion like this, and letting it become a ‘background state’ of being that slowly begins to shape our attitude towards unhealthy and draining tendencies.

We can likely go on all day about where we should ‘honor’ some emotions in some situations or stand up for ourselves in others – I’ll let you decide that within yourself for each situation, but what the focus here in this piece is to simply look at how we can neutralize an emotional experience so we can stop it from draining all our energy and gain greater clarity on why it might be happening.

The exercise below is geared towards improving our self awareness around situations and how we feel, so we can learn to self-regulate emotions at anytime, as well as turn off triggers that might not really be the greatest to have to begin with.

Remember, we’re going to stick with a situation where we are cut off in traffic, but you can use these steps for anything. Maybe you realize you are fearful about a situation. Maybe you notice ongoing worry about something that’s happening or may happen – whatever it may be, the steps can be applied.

A Quick 3 Minute Exercise

We’ll go through the steps, this might seem long at first but it’s actually very short once you get the hang of it. This method is based on decades of scientific researching involving the heart and the benefits of creating coherence through good heart rate variability. You can learn more about that here under the section “Coherence & Optimal Function.”

1. The first step is becoming aware of the fact you’re having the emotional experience. What we’re doing here is by reading this we’re setting up a bit of an increased self awareness in our minds that can help us remember to check in when we next have an emotional reaction to something. Perhaps the car cuts us off while driving, and we react, but then shortly after we remember that we want to have a closer look at that emotional reaction and perhaps choose a different response instead of going down an energy draining rabbit hole. So the first thing we want to do is become aware that the experience is happening.

2. The next step is accepting the experience that’s happening. What this means is, if the person in front of us cuts us off while driving and we get angry and realize we’re angry, bring to your awareness that this is OK. We’re not looking to create a judgement about what happened or what we’re experiencing, instead we simply want to see it for what it is, an experience that happened and we’re now aware of and sitting as an observer of it. What this does is it empowers us to be able to look a little more closely at what we’re feeling and why. After we become aware, take note of the emotion you’re experiencing and name it. Is it anger? Is it worry? Is it fear?

As a small kicker to this, just imagine that the intention here is to turn down the intensity of the emotion so we can go in a take a look at what’s going on in the same way that a firefighter will spray water onto a burning house to stop the fire and cool it enough to go in and assess what the source of that fire was.

3. Next we’re going to take a moment and place our hand or a couple fingers over the areas of our chest, around where your heart is, and use the placement of your hand as something to focus on. With your eyes open, take some comfortable yet slightly deeper breaths. Feel your breath moving in and out of the area of your heart (where you hand is). To do this, don’t worry too much about how perfect the breathing is or whether it’s exactly going in and our of your heart area, just sit with a gentle focus that your breath is moving in and out of the area of your heart. Our goal here is to bring awareness to the physical heart and begin to influence its rhythms ever so slightly. Breath into your heart for about 30 seconds.

4. Next we want to continue our heart focused breathing while also imagining the feeling of calm or ease enter into our bodies. Spend the next 2 minutes or so breathing in the feeling of calm or ease into your heart with comfortable breaths. Notice the calm and ease come over your mind and body. What this stage does is it shows us that we have the ability to produce our own emotional regulation by creating a physiological state that is more synchronized and favorable for introspection and clarity.

After step 4 you should feel a lot more neutral in your feeling, but it may be possible you’re still annoyed or upset about the situation, this is great and in many ways the point of the exercise. Remember the firefighter analogy.

If it’s a really small situation, this awareness might already help us choose to simply let it go. If it’s a larger situation, this exercise helps us reduce the intensity so we can gain a bit more clarity about what’s going on and stop us from simply circling the experience over and over again in our minds, potentially increasing our anger and draining our energy.

Now as a final step, you can take a moment to just assess, what is the story you have been telling yourself about the situation? What might be a more effective way to approach or think about the situation? In the case of getting cut off in the car, was it really personal? If so, how do you know? If it was a mistake, is anger helping you or just providing an undesirable experience? If you had the freedom, would you choose anger at the other driver or to just let it go and maintain better health?

The point here is that with awareness we get clearer on who we are and how we function. This inevitably gives us a choice in how we choose to react.

For more information on this and to build a bit of a deeper practice, you can check out a short course I produced in our members area called CETV. The course is called Improving Daily Self Awareness, Presence & Connection. 

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