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It’s easy to be lighthearted when things are going well. It’s a bit more difficult to wear a smile in the midst of turbulence. But the difference between the two situations is not what is transpiring; the difference is one’s attitude toward the situation. Life is more challenging today than ever before. We have more obligations and commitments and seemingly less time to handle it all. We feel harried and beset by trouble. The first thing lost when we feel besieged is our peace of mind.
Loss of mental equilibrium is the first step toward setting up dis-ease in the body. Gray matter governs every breath, every movement and every decision we make. When we cede control of our field marshal to anxiety, fear and confusion, we set the stage for the enemy to take over. Who is the enemy? The enemy is anyone or anything that keeps us from living the best life possible. To paraphrase Pogo, I have met the enemy and he is us. We are our own worst enemy when we fail to properly feed and exercise our cerebrum.
Don’t neglect your field general. Begin and end your day with meditation. That one change will do wonders for your blood pressure while calming your nerves, too. Taking the time to be still and quiet can help you listen to what the universe is trying to communicate to you. If you find it hard to sit still, try exercising before meditating. Read inspirational books. Turn off the television and turn on your iPod. Talk less and listen more. You owe it to yourself to do whatever it is that helps you relax and release your daily concerns. It’s not selfish to minister to yourself. Guarding your mental, emotional and physical health is your moral obligation.
Munson Steed, Publisher