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ORDINARY MAGIC

ORDINARY MAGIC

Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom):  an understanding that transcendence has nothing to do with escaping the world or your own self.  [All it means is stepping out and dancing your own heart-dance right out in the open, in the middle of the world and in the middle of yourself.]

“Listening to your heart” often seems like a scary thing.  Your heart keeps insisting that you just have to do things that are counter-intuitive and not-the-thing — the very opposite of what everybody around you says is the Smart Thing To Do.

Your heart often keeps urging you to make these moves that make no rational sense, insisting and insisting that the very thing you are trying to ignore or avoid or resist has to be embraced.

Your heartsong, it turns out, is also what holds you together when your life turns to dreck and you have been knocked down to the floor again by some other Life-thing.  Not only does it help you get back up, it can even help you keep your feet under you the next time you get a 2×4 upside the head.

This seems to me to be a very good thing to explore when you’re searching for meaning and mana for your ordinary life.

THE POWER OF THE HEART

In this YouTube video of a TEDxRockCreekPark talk, “The Power of Resilience,” neuro-psychologist Sam Goldstein tells a story about his work with children and touches on some of the things that his patients have taught him.  His early work with children led him to focus on studying resilience in humans, his life-work.

Resilience researchers ask why some people handle adversity better than others and go on to lead normal lives despite negative life experiences while others get de-railed by them.  Goldstein is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Utah, a Research Professor of Psychology at George Mason University and the director of the Neurology, Learning and Behavior Center in Salt Lake City in Utah.  He’s written many books and articles on the subject.

Goldstein’s own work has led him to understand that it is the ordinary, heartful actions of everyday people that fosters and instill in childen the strength, hope and optimism they need to face the world.  It is, as he calls it, an “ordinary magic.”

He also points out that our heart is connected to our brain in more ways than any other organ in our body.  It affects us physically and mentally as well.   He encourages us to listen more to our hearts.

In this YouTube video published by the HeartMath Institute, “The Importance of Resilience” further explains the real effects of the heart-mind connection, applying it to the business world.

HeartMath Institute is a nonprofit research and educational organization founded in the 1980’s by Doc Childre, an internationally known authority on optimizing personal effectiveness.  He believes that the “intelligence of the heart” can be harnessed and originated a system of “heart-based tools and technologies” that has been used widely in business, the military, hospitals, clinic and schools to enhance health, performance and well-being.

Another scientist (one who’s turned mystic) is Gregg Braden.  He spends his time exploring ancient wisdoms from a scientific perspective, sharing what he has discovered on his journeys and his thoughts on these discoveries.

This next YouTube video, published by philosophical freeborder in 2015, features Braden talking about how the emotions of the human heart can apparently affect the electromagnetic field of the earth in a GAIAM TV interview.

The thinking’s “out there.”  It’s also fascinating.

Braden’s book, RESILIENCE FROM THE HEART:  The Power to Thrive in Life’s Extremes, is also worth checking out.

FINAL THOUGHTS

From the ancient wise guys to modern-day big brains, the advice remains the same:  Listen to your heart.  That’s where the magic is.

Here’s a poem:


CARING FOR THE ESSENCES

I am learning:

The wiseguys are right.

It really does NOT matter

What happens to me.

The only thing important

Is my response.

 

Building up and tearing down,

I wade through the stream of Time

And dance in the Creative

As I work on caring for

What is essential to me on

This journey I am making.

 

Caring for the essences of my existence

Keeps me hopping,

But on the stage

The dancer leaps with abandon,

Throwing out her heart

And following after it as

The beauty of the dance

Continues to grow.

by Netta Kanoho

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INNER PEACE SYMPTOMS: The Start

INNER PEACE SYMPTOMS: The Start

For a number of years now I’ve played around with sharing little bits of thoughts on walking through the world – lessons I’m still learning.   I stuck them into my Facebook offerings and folks seemed to think they were cool.  I’ve got over 1,850 of the things (and still counting).

THE DEAN OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

The IPS (Inner Peace Symptom) thing started because I was remembering a radio program, Our Changing World, by Earl Nightingale.  When I was a youngster I’d stop whatever I was doing to listen to the radio when Earl came on.  His rich and resonant voice captured my attention completely.  Apparently his thoughts sank into my own head (sort of) and they’ve influenced my own search for answers when I started looking.

Earl’s program was one of the most highly syndicated programs ever.  As a writer and a speaker he dealt with the subjects of human character development, motivation, excellence and meaningful existence.  They called him the “Dean of Personal Development.”

Nightingale was inspired by Napoleon Hill’s THINK AND GROW RICH.  It was six words that set him into motion:  “We become what we think about.”  They informed his whole life.   Earl produced the first spoken-word recording to achieve Gold Record status in 1956, The Strangest Secret.  He wrote books, co-founded a corporation, and had a radio show heard around the world.

This YouTube video, Change Your Life in 19 Minutes with Earl Nightingale was shared by Andrea Callahan International, Inc., a small business development consultant firm. Callahan’s mission, she says, is “to teach small business owners to eliminate the business problems that are personal problems in disguise.”

 

Earl Nightingale died in 1989.  His thoughts on walking in the world and doing business are as valid today as they ever were.  His clarity of mind is an inspiration.  His aphorisms, pithy sayings that take your head in new directions, are a joy.  For more on Earl Nightingale, you can visit his website:  http://www.earlnightingale.com/

 

THE BIRTH OF IPS (INNER PEACE SYMPTOMS)

My own efforts at making aphorisms and pithy sayings have been geared towards a different goal than Nightingale’s.  I want to achieve that elusive thing called “Inner Peace.”  Great and not-so-great minds have pondered on this for as long as humans have had minds, I think, and the effort continues to this day.  I’m just a beginner and prone to stumbles along the way.  The IPS things are notes to myself that I like to share with my friends.

For my own self, I tend to believe that the way to Inner Peace is through diving into the flow of the power of the Creative and dancing in it.  It’s the most human thing I can think to do – to play and help other people play.  So, hey, let’s play, shall we?

ANOTHER IPS (Inner Peace Symptom):  an understanding that the World is your mirror.  [Nothing you do is ever done in a vacuum; the World reacts to the way you are walking through it.  It’s like walking down a hallway that’s been outfitted with a low-powered laser security system. Unlike the movie burglars and spies, you can’t see the light-beams, but you sure will feel the effects of it.  So…what is the World showing you?]

And here’s another poem…


TITA

I am a tita.

I like living out loud.

In my life, I am determined,

I will be huge and proud.

 

I am a tita.

You can see what you get.

I call ’em as I see ’em.

You got a problem with that?

 

I am a tita.

I’m not too scared to sweat.

I work and play the native way.

I ain’t nobody’s pet.

 

I am a tita.

I’ve got “attitude,” they say.

I guess that just means

I don’t play their way.

 

I am a tita.

I will not creep; I do not crawl.

I am proud of being who I am,

And when I stand, I am a wall.

 

I am a tita.

Don’t matter ’bout my size.

My heart is large, my spirit strong,

And one day, I will be wise.

by Netta Kanoho

Tita” is pidgin.  Some folks say it is the equivalent of “diva;” others think it is more like “bitch-on-wheels.” I remember there was a company for a while with two young women who said the word was an aphorism for “Tough, Intelligent, Talented Artists.”  That company, unfortunately, is now defunct.


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