The Quarter-Life Crisis Part 1 focused on where much of society rests today on the spectrum of happiness and overall quality-of-life. Study after study reveal what we already know so well; that most of us are unhappy and many of us struggle with depression throughout our lives.
Yesterday, I shared a brief excerpt from Leo Buscaglia‘s book, Personhood. I wanted to draw attention to this chapter, as it summed up what many of us go through in life. We search, we find a temporary solution, and eventually we revert back to unhappiness. The cycle repeats itself over and over again.
Being in my late twenties, I am right in the midst of this generational rite-of-passage, or so it would seem. I have been on the roller coaster of down and back up, down and back up, and have learned a few things on the way.
Today I wanted to share some of the valuable techniques that I have learned along the way. Some were taught to me, some I read about, and some I learned through trial and error.
#1.) Get in touch with your intuition
It can be difficult to know at first, whether your inner voice is your intuition, or if it is simply the fear that has been instilled through the years. Slowly, over time I have learned to weed through the thoughts and feelings and have began to not only listen to my inner voice, but to trust it completely.
We all have an inner wisdom that goes far beyond our thoughts, we simply need to get in tune with this voice.
This takes practice and patience.
#2.) Question your beliefs
I grew up in a secular home. A Father with a Muslim background, and a Roman Catholic Mother. Though I have wished at times throughout my life that I had the security that I have always believed faith could bring, in retrospect I am happy that I had zero pressure growing up and the freedom to choose my own belief system.
I respect all beliefs, but like many others in Generations X and Y, I have some deep rooted issues with the institution of Religion itself. The separation it brings, and what is done in the name of preserving it in some cultures.
Questioning my beliefs led me through the gamut of many different religions, and I ended up right back where I began. But, with a much greater understanding of faith and perhaps much of the security and comfort I was lacking previously.
For those who identify themselves with a particular religion, sometimes when you begin to question your beliefs it can bring you an even greater understanding and appreciation for your religion.
#3.) Get in touch with nature
I am a city girl at heart, it’s true. However, I live on a farm and live in a city that is completely surrounded by nature. Parks are situated around lakes, and even when you are in the city, you are not far from a nature reserve.
Over the past year I have gained a new respect for Mother Nature and the peace and tranquility she brings us. If I go a single day without a walk, or miss out on a day outside, I do not feel as balanced. Spending time outside allows you to ground yourself and put things into perspective. It often forces you into the present moment as well with its beauty.
#4.) Read, Watch & Listen
The world is overflowing with literature about Spirituality and Personal Growth. If you don’t have time to read, download an audiobook from iTunes and listen on your way to work or on your jog.
If you don’t know where to start, I recently posted the Top 5 Best-Selling Spirituality/Personal Growth books. I have read and loved most of them. Each will contribute to your healing and growing.
Keep your eyes open for opportunities to learn more. Watch for coincidences. There is a Buddhist proverb that says it best, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
There are many other changes that can be made to initiate positive change and growth. A healthy diet, meditation, yoga and many other habits could make a big contribution. In fact, meditation is in the news daily with its multitude of health and spiritual benefits.
Today I wanted to share some minor changes that can be made over time. Because, this will take time. Eventually we can all sustain a great level of joy if we work to achieve it. This does not have to be a fleeting feeling.
Spiritual author Deepak Chopra best describes the outcome of personal growth, which is not happiness, but bliss. “Bliss is a profound state of peace that comes from getting in touch with the immortal aspect of your being that is called the soul. Bliss is eternal and cannot be shaken. Happiness is usually situational.”
Today I am excited to share a Guest Post from Jillian McKee, Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. In the post she discusses a variety of Yoga Poses that can be used to help those who are suffering from cancer with the goal of increasing their quality of life.
Yoga has been proven to provide a variety of benefits, including better sleep, less pain, and an improved outlook on life to individuals with cancer. A review of several recent medical studies, “Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors ” by Dr. Julienne E. Bower, et al, shows that yoga can provide therapeutic relief for those suffering from a variety of cancers, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, melanoma, and breast cancer.
When beginning to plan a series of poses for a cancer patient, strive to keep the poses at a low-intensity to begin with to prevent further injury from over-extension.
The Marjaryasana (cat) and Batilasana (cow) poses are usually recommended for therapeutic relief. These low- impact positions stretch the torso, back, and neck while gently massaging the spine and internal organs.
One of the primary benefits of yoga for cancer patients is that it can relieve depression and anxiety. Several poses are especially good at this. The Supta Baddha Konasana (reclining bound angle pose) requires the practitioner to recline in the pose for an extended period of between five and twenty minutes for complete benefit. Instructions on the pose can be found here.
The benefits of this pose are that it quiets the mind, relieves stress and mild depression, stretches the knees and inner thighs, and supports increased circulation.
In addition to the Supta Baddha Konasana, the Uttana Shishosana (extended puppy pose) also can be held for up to thirty seconds to relieve stress and anxiety.
Yoga is also incredibly effective in aiding cancer patients to sleep better. The Savasana (corpse pose) can be used at the end of a series of poses to calm the body and mind. It also helps to relax the body and may aid patients in allowing them to fall asleep faster with fewer sleep medications needed.
Another pose that can aid in sleep is the Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend) by calming the brain and by relieving stress and depression. It also is said in some traditional yoga texts that this pose helps to heal disease, though traditional medicine is certainly at odds with that assertion.
These specific poses, (along with many others,) can provide cancer patients with therapeutic relief. However, the most important part of using yoga in cancer patient therapy is to stay consistent in practicing it. The risk of injury can be lessened by discussing a yoga pose with a medical professional before attempting it so as not to complicate efficacy of traditional cancer therapy.
The American Cancer Society provides even more great information for those cancer patients who wish to learn more about yoga in complementary cancer care.
Jillian McKee is a yoga enthusiast and cancer activist. She works as the Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Her time is spent mostly on outreach efforts and spreading information on complementary and alternative medicine used in cancer treatment.
Spiritual author and MD, Deepak Chopra is taking his brand one step further this coming winter by launching a new video game with THQ Inc. featuring “useful tools and meditations, to help you find the mental, emotional, and spiritual balance within you.” The game, titled “Deepak Chopra’s Leela,” is not a new concept, however it will be one of the very few games of this genre available.
Chopra and THQ Inc. worked together and tested over 5oo prototypes of this game, which will utilize the Xbox 360 console’s Kinect system. The game, which translates from the sanskrit word “play,” features seven different exercises based on the seven Chakras. Chopra has taken care to ensure that the game is truly relaxing by making winning or finishing a game irrelevant.
“Leela,” which will launch on November, 8th, 2011 in the United States, is a stepping-stone for a new interactive way of integrating mind, body and soul, says Chopra,
It’s all doable now. We just have to bring it all together. If we can measure what’s happening in your body, your heart, your emotions, your breath and your mind, then there’s no reason why we can’t create a new generation of video games that can help accelerate the personal, psychological, emotional and spiritual development of human beings.”
Source: ABC News
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