You finish school, do you go on to further education? Do you get a job? Doing what? You go to your first interview. You are examined and questioned, prodded and poked. Everyone has advice for you, everyone says they know what is best for you. Everyone just wants you to do well and only has your best interests at heart. No one wants to listen to you. You find a job, it pays enough, its not very challenging and its not what you saw yourself doing, but it what is there. Life is harsh and you don’t get to do what you would stretch you, what would fulfil you. You work to live, and live to work. You feel like there could be something more. but what?? You go to university, what do you do with your qualification? Where do you go next? Where in the country do you work? Out of the country?? What is there elsewhere? How would I start in a new area………………………………
Imagine what finding your career path could be………….
You are mentored, not another person looking for a job, but a career and life. Your mentor is not telling you what to do, they are giving you information and advice as to what is available. You have something in mind you want to be? This is what you need to get there. This is where you can get the training. This is how long it will take. The cost isn’t a problem, you are part of the community. We have jobs in that area in this location and this location on completion. The training is here and will take this long. Your mentor teaches you some techniques to assess what is best for your own life path empowering you to decide for yourself as to what will fulfil you and stretch your capabilities. You have been taught to be in touch with your own intuition as to what will lead you along your life path the best.
You don’t need an alarm, your youngest wakes up at 6 on the dot demanding attention, a nappy change and breakfast. Your partner is at work already, you miss seeing them now that you are both working. Your eldest gets themselves up and is like a natural force of nature around the house getting what they need and doing what they want to do. You face the everyday challenge of getting them dressed, fed, things packed and out of the door in time to get the youngest to nursery and the oldest to school before going to work. You manage to navigate the car through the vast amount of traffic and get the youngest to nursery. Dropping off a rucksack full of supplies to be used during the day. You get the oldest to school in time. They kiss you good bye and walk off. You know they are a little nervous as the school bully had been showing them attention of late. Never a nice experience and you are doing all you can to help them through it along with the school. You get back into the traffic and make your way to work. Work is nothing to write home about but it pays the bills. You would like to do more but don’t have the time for the training and the hours would need to fit in with the children. You are trapped where you are and options are limited. Work passes and you head back to school to pick up the eldest. They look a little dejected and scuffed where they did have a run in with the school bully and somebody else they had a disagreement with. The school is investigating. You get to nursery and pick up the youngest, get them all home and make tea in time for your partner to get home. You all eat. Bath the children, spend a little quality time and put them to bed. Exhausted you fall on the sofa watch a little TV, talk and go to bed. A new will arrive soon.
Imagine what taking your child to school could be ……
You wake up having had a good night’s sleep. You miss the children but enjoyed the rest. You know they will have lots of things to tell you that they did with their mentor last night. You get ready for work and head down to the communal dining hall and get your pre-ordered breakfast. Afterwards you walk outside taking in the beauty of the surrounding area noticing how the surrounding settlement harmonises with nature. You arrive at work and join your team, happy that you have completed the training that your career advisor set up and thankful for the services of the child mentors who took the children to school, picked them up, and looked after them until you got home. The role at work could have been written for you and stretches your own abilities as well as giving you the flexibility of hours to have a career and have children. At lunch time you leave work and walk over to the Nursery to have lunch with your youngest. Your eldest has walked over from school as well and your partner has just arrived. You spend your listening to your oldest telling you about the time he spent with his mentor last night Building models and learning to draw. He also tells you of his day at school that started with gentle exercise and meditation. About the lesson they had on respecting others and different religious paths.In PE they learnt today from a Shaolin monk that taught them some Wushu and Kungfu after telling them about respecting yourself, others and their beliefs. About causing no harm to another. They did English, Maths, Physics and Herbal Medicine. Then they learnt about energy relationships. They tell you about how its bad to take another’s energy and that they would never do it. You all finish your lunch and return to school/work. Work passes in a flash and you leave early today as your flexible hours allow. You hand over the work to the person that is job sharing hours with you so they can have flexible timings as well. You pick up the children from school and nursery, make your way to the communal dining hall where you all eat from the array of choices. You head back to your appartments, bath the children and spend some quality time talking about your day. Your partner tells you they have booked the children some junior activities tomorrow night with the child mentors so that you can both go to the meditation class together or the pottery painting class or just have a quite night in. the child mentors will bring them home after the activities. You both head off to bed looking forward to tomorrow.
The alarm goes off; you don’t want to get up. You feel so relaxed in bed and know that as soon as you put a foot on the floor reality will sink in and the stress of the day ahead will hit you like a wall. You just want to curl up and go back to sleep in peace. You peel yourself out of bed and circumnavigate the bedroom to the bathroom and shower. Twenty minutes later you emerge clean and mildly awake but the foreboding of another day in a job that gives you no fulfilment descends as you make your way to downstairs to the kitchen to make breakfast. Looking in the fridge you realise you have no milk for coffee and the bread is stale, you should of gone shopping yesterday. You don’t have time to eat properly so you grab something quick that you know will give you acid later on the way out of the door. You start the car and spend forty minutes amongst the untold thousands in a traffic jam that is slowed by outdated technology and traffic management. Arriving at work you find your boss in an equally foul mood due to the stress put upon them, something which they very quickly pass on to you. You spend the next eight hours in a blur of fevered non motivated effort with lunch at your desk for not a lot of output and finish your working day feeling like you have achieved nothing and you may as well have stayed in bed after all. You join the same people on the way home that you contested with on the way in to work to preoccupied with how you feel to notice they are in the same situation. You get home and there is a long list of bills to be paid waiting on the doormat, electricity, gas, water, internet, credit cards and a whole raft of others all demanding your attention. The stress and anxiety stamps down once again. You make yourself a listless meal and prepare yourself for an evening of TV, the Xbox or just sitting glaring at the wall. You have not got the energy for anything else. Tomorrow you get to do the same again. Roll on the weekend, only four days to go!!!!
The alarm goes off; you bounce out of bed feeling refreshed. You jump in the shower, get changed and head out of your apartments downstairs to the training hall. There you meet people that are pleased to see you, the atmosphere is buzzing and you chat for a few minutes prior to the teacher commencing a session of slow stretches and exercises designed to open your energy meridians and circulate energy around your body. They lead you in a short meditation which calms your mind and gives you focus. You feel the energy moving, energising you and any stress you had immediately falls away. After the session you get changed and head to the communal Dining Hall. The cook has prepared breakfast to the request you left last night and it is ready for when you arrive. You eat with others and talk over your breakfast about the day ahead and what it may bring. Finishing breakfast you walk out of the building and follow a path to the building across the road looking at the beauty of the nature around you. You find yourself marvelling at the buildings you now take for granted, they have been designed to be in harmony with the environment. From the solar cells that provide electricity to the roof top gardens that catch the rainwater and reduce the settlements eco footprint. You enter and find your teams work area. Your team are all sat around the office logged on using collaborative software to link with the people they work with around the globe. You are in an open well aired office where communication and collaboration are encouraged and the seminars you have attended on energy interactions actually help you be more productive in and out of work. Your team leader seems more like a mentor, someone that you can aspire to, they facilitate this feeling of value, smooth the communication and encourage your ideas for forward movement of the whole team as your own path. You throw yourself into your day and your team produces very good work which wins plaudits from your customer. Lunch is delivered and is made from home grown produce and tastes very good. You finish up and head home where there are no bills for water, gas or electricity as the settlement is self-sufficient. Getting changed you head out and meet you’re climbing club or your martial arts club, or chill out with friends in a specifically designed relaxation area. Afterwards you head to the dining hall for tea where you choose from a home grown and home cooked menu. You sit with a different group of people from breakfast but are equally welcome. You chat and feel the buzz of having had a good day. You go to bed, looking forward to tomorrow.
What a quick turnaround: a drug used to treat cancer can reverse Alzheimer’s disease in mice – and it takes just 72 hours to work its magic. It remains to be seen if the drug has the same effect in people with Alzheimer’s, though.
“Foresight is not about making predictions. Rather, it’s a tool for identifying dynamics of change, in part by exploring the implications of those changes. This is a point I’ve made often enough that even I’m sick of it — but it remains an idea that not enough people understand. It’s next to useless to say “X will happen;” it’s much more valuable to say “here’s why X could happen.””—
Why do you feel there is more? What do you do with your life??
Many people are feeling unsatisfied, a feeling is taking hold of them that there is more for them, that they need to be doing so much more to feel achieved. got that feeling?? Want to know what it is??
Many of us are feeling it as energies shift. That we need to be doing that one thing that will carry us forward and satisfy that feeling deep down that there has to be more than this. That feeling isnt one of rebellion or to “bring down the system”. Its your higher self getting you ready for the next step on your life path.
1. Set a timer (most cell phones have these). I suggest 5 minutes for a true newbie, 10-15 for a beginner, 20-30 for people who are looking to really give it a go. Feel free to start at whatever time and work your way up.
2. Sit in a comfortable place. I usually sit cross-legged in a chair…
A startup called Sonic Notify is working on a product that embeds inaudibly high-pitched signals into music and audio, which can be detected by your smartphone.
When a compatible app hears the signal, it could be triggered to take an action — linking you to a website, displaying text or an image, or bringing up a location on a map. That yields all sorts of possibilities — you could vote on your favourite song of a performance, or be directed to a secret aftershow party, for example.
“Who you are is louder than what you say”—I love this quote, from a friend many years ago. It emphasises for me a big issue in the world. You can talk a good game, you can say “I am a spiritual person” or “I am a”…..whatever your label is whether it is Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Taoist. Or maybe you say you are kind, gentle, giving, helpful. But what defines the way people see you is the the way YOU actually are. People know the truth of who you are from your actions. Because who you are is indeed much louder than what you say. :-)
The practice of meditation allows us to experience all the textures of the roadway, which is what the journey is all about. Through the practice of meditation, we begin to find that within ourselves there is no fundamental complaint about anything or anyone at all.
Great article by Ben Riggs worth reading! Includes video clips of Chogyam Trungpa