Sitting by the quarry
Birds are chirping ceaselessly
People fishing by the quarry
Left the job early tonight
Inner peace is fully restored
The current economic challenges we are facing are two fold external and internal. We will discuss both.
External: The jobs that once sustained the middle class are going away. The reason being is because changes in technology have made those old school jobs obsolete. Regardless of your positions on free trade and outsourcing, the reality is many of those jobs are going away, permanently. We are entering an era that is requiring us to rely more upon technology and machines and service rather than producing those machines.
Granted, there will always be some manufacturing jobs around, but they are getting to be sparse. This creates problems in the environment and causes people to cry out to the government or to the general environment to create jobs. The challenge is as far as job creation is concerned is that people are barking up the wrong tree. They need to look with in. That leads to the internal challenges of the job market.
Internal: Each of us is endowed by the Absolute with certain gifts and abilities that make our contribution to the world unique. We fail to realize those gifts for several reasons. The first is the expectations from the tribe. The second is that our training environments for school, such as they are teach us to be dependent upon the system, rather than the attainment of self knowledge.
According to Dan Miller 80% of finding a job is internal. Getting to know ourselves and our tendencies and then finding the correct fit for those jobs. That’s the other 20% , the external. Since we’ve got this backwards, its no wonder we are in such a situation. People are simply not matched up with jobs that fit. And not only that, they don’t know themselves and as a result don’t have the wherewithal to withstand change in the environment.
If we can get this right, finding and following our innate strengths, we’ll be able to get into and find the work we need to sustain ourselves. This may even put you on a better path to self-employment, where it is just you and the customers.
The problem is to quote Morpheus. Most of us are not ready to be unplugged. We are so inhered to the thinking of the industrial age that we can’t fathom making such a change.
However, such a change back to independence in economic matters is long overdue.
Really, we are just going back to the way things were before the industrial revolution except now it all takes place on the internets.
Do you remember hearing this when you were a kid? ”Stop playing your damn video games and get your ass outside!” My mom or my dad would yell at me if I had spent most of my day indoors during a given summer. Although not the best delivery, it some of the best advice they gave me. Growing up. I was not a terribly athletic kid and I’m trying to make up for that now with limited success in the here and now, but I digress. After a little bit of push back I would go outside. I’d play with the dog or I’d get out on my bike and ride around the town of Sherrard for hours on end. And even though I didn’t become the Hercules that I am attempting to become having that regular outside time was great for me. And here are 10 Reasons why.
The fresh air is good for you
This is kind of a duh statement, but it’s true. Even in the best designed homes, the air is recycled, and it creates stagnancy Its often worse in corporate buildings because environment is bigger. Just simply breathing the outdoor air revitalizes you in ways that you wouldn’t if you stayed indoors. I always take it seriously when someone says “I need to get some air!” And let them do it. Afterward the conversation often goes better after getting some fresh air. So, if you spend the bulk of your time indoors, take a break and get some air!
The sun in moderate amounts is good for you
The reason? Vitamin D. There is an article by Natural News outlining the benefits of Vitamin D and some of the more negative effects of not having enough. Go to that by clicking here. If you don’t want to read the article, here is the bottom line. It is effective in combating cancer. Now obviously, you don’t want to overdo it.
You reconnect your primal self
Now granted, we generally aren’t out hunting or getting chased by a sabertooth tiger when are outside. But there is just something that is natural and healing about being outside. I believe that we are reconnecting with the life of our ancient ancestors when we do that. Primal humanity spent most of its time outside. This was because they had to hunt, fish, and gather to get food for survival. You may even feel the urge to run or play more when you get outside. That’s because we tended to spend most of our time in nature.
Being by water is serene
Unless you are hanging out by the lake during a storm, being by water is serene. I can’t really put it into words. But when I am just sitting by a lake writing or even meditating, that experience is enhanced by the presence of water. You will enjoy it to I am sure.
Walking is great exercise
The legs were the primary form of transportation before the invention of the wheel. It wasn’t always running either, although being able to run to safety did help us in our efforts to keep the sabertooth tiger from ruling the earth. But seriously, having to walk everywhere and hunt for food kept ancient man in great shape. This is one of the major downfalls of modern suburban development. It is tough to walk everywhere. You almost have to get into your car to drive a mile to get to the store, just for safety reasons alone. I mean, you don’t have to, but it helps. Conversely, this is an advantage to urban living. You CAN walk everywhere and with the subway and rail systems available to us in those areas.
But seriously, walk more. Last year I lost about 20 pounds by walking during my breaks and by playing in the park before going to work. And this was before I started actively going to the gym and doing martial arts again. I also watched what I ate very carefully. That’s the challenge again this year. But I know I can do it this time. And I know that if I can do it, you can too!
It gives you greater space to workout and provides a constant change of scenery
This is related to the previous point. Nature itself is its own gym. If you go to the right places you can make it into your own gym and I’m not just talking about the exercise equipment that gets put up in the park, although it can help. You can easily find heavy rocks or debris to lift and throw around without causing a hazard to others. You can do pull ups on trees, squats while holding rocks.
Also if you are a martial artist, there is something refreshing about doing your sets outdoors. Being in the sun enhances the exercise experience because you are sweating more. And if you are person who likes to imagine, like I am. You can pretend to be part of one those ancient armies fighting for its survival in the Far East. Its fun!
Not only that if you do get the burst of energy and want to jog or run, there are plenty of natural obstacles to work with. Although be forewarned if you injure yourself, you can’t sue nature. So toughen up or prepare to toughen up when you take it outside with your exercise.
Nature is generally peaceful, you get to take the opportunity take that peace with you.
Obviously, if you live in a more Rural Area, this isn’t entirely true. You could still run into wolves, bears or even a mountain lion. If your area is known for these natural hazards take the proper countermeasures with you to protect yourself. And I’ll even say it. If you own a gun and its registered, take it with you, if you are in the country, they are generally more understanding than in the city.
In the city, the problem isn’t with the animals sometimes its the people. If your city or state permits it, take appropriate countermeasures with you, but don’t go looking for trouble. People you can typically carefully walk away from them or negotiate. Animals are entirely different, they don’t horsetrade. Use your judgement.
With that said. If you live in an area that is relatively safe with parks and such you can get into nature and have a high degree of peace overwhelm you and you can take it with you. That way when it is getting stressful, you have a happy place to which you may go.
Companionship with nature
While nature can be troublesome when untamed. If we make a regular visit to nature and no how to interact with it, it can become our life long friend. It can be another sacred space we can retreat to process our problems and reconnect with the Absolute. Getting away from civilization for several hours at a time has numerous positively impacting benefits.
Observe the animals
You can watch the birds flock, the deer run and if you live in the right area you can even watch predators taken down their prey. While it is a terrible sight to watch, it is a reminder of the primal world we lived in so many years ago.
It can also provide opportunities for interaction with other people as well
While we generally go to nature to get away from people, you may find friendship among other nature lovers while you are out as well. Even if it is a hello, goodbye or a short conversation. People who enjoy nature are typically out there for the same reason you are, and it draws us together.
In conclusion. Stop playing your video games and get outside!
The Name of my coach shall not be identified….
However, he has helped me figure out a tendency that runs with me and that tendency is catastrophizing. It isn’t a word yet. But it is the act of promoting something that should be at the level of annoyance or frustrating to the level of clan or even world ending.
The truth is, no bad thing that happens to us is catastrophic. It is not world ending, or even city ending. We tend to promote it to that level because our egos are involved with it. We have the audacity to think that we are the world.
It is dumb. We are not the world. We are 1/(insert symbol for infinity here) of the world, or more accurately the universe.
The challenge comes when a bunch of us fail to find out what God or the Universe (for my agnostic readers) needs us to do. It doesn’t even have to be a majority of us who screw up. It only has to be a sizable minority before it becomes a problem.
It is aggravated by catastrophizing. When we make our molehills into moutains.
We get caught up in what we think is supremely important. And it really is not. It is something we have made supremely important through previous defeat or neurosis or other challenge we encounter.
The other thing my coach told me is that. We need to learn to remove the distortion from our minds, and come up with 5 or 6 things that are not distorted ways of thinking. Once we remove the stinkin thinkin from our minds. We begin to pick up traction. It actually only happens then.
Beyond that, if your thinking is in error, and you continue to catastrophize, it will feel like you have 99 problems. Stop Catastrophizing!
This is the proverbial kick in the ass we experience after going through the calm of the storm. This is when the storm is ending. You get through the eye and the craziness kicks up again.
Its a warning sign to us all that regardless of how well we handle things, the trials of life will always try to get the better or us.
The last wall is better than the first wall because beyond the last wall there is clear air. Clear air is when we experience objective and subjective calm.
The challenge is that we must look out for the next challenge trial ahead, rather than completely avoid it, or think that it will not come.
Its LIFE. The next challenge is already on the way!
The eye of the Storm is the calmest part of the storm. You only get there after going through the first wall of the storm. Physically it only lasts for a few moments before you get hit by the last wall of the storm.
Metaphysically or spiritually speaking, it is subjective. You have endured the trial or a repeat of a trial and you have come to terms with it. It is not an objective calm that you would experience in a physical storm.
The eye of the storm is something you experience after actively culivate inner strength and peace through either meditation and dissemination or simple experience.
Or if you experience enough storms and know what to expect from each of them.
Regardless the eye is something that is subjectively experienced by those who have done battle with life. Depending upon the level of inner strength that is cultivated either actively or passively, it is something that stays with you through all of life.
Rough, angry, hateful. Destroying anything, and anyone that is not protected. Hurricane, Typhoon, Tornado, or Water spout. Unless you are Superman, Neo, or Jesus Christ and believe me you are not any of those, you will be destroyed if you do not take the proper measures to deal with the first wall of the storm.
Those who survive these things lacking protection from a basement or bunker are either blessed by luck or Divine Intervention. That is why we don’t take chances or “poke the bear” when it comes to storms. Even animals know this. My American Medium hair, cat Oreo has the instinct to hide from storms in our bathroom behind the toilet, even if it isn’t a bad storm. My Burmese “kitten” isn’t as intelligent as Oreo.
Physical storms destroy property and can damage both physical and spiritual life if one isn’t properly prepared. But they can also show the strength of physical and spiritual life as well.
The same goes for the non-physical storms in our lives. They can either destroy us on the inside and make us have to start over, or it can show us how strong we really are.
The way this doom goes depends upon what we do in our day to day lives. If we are doing things that cultivate inner strength and character, we will survive spiritual storms and have the courage to stand up under physical storms.
However, if we are seeking instant gratification, our lives will quickly fall apart under the least bit of duress.
So, the choice really is up to use regarding of which path we will walk. Will we walk the path that strengthens our resolve? Or will we cultivate weeds and walk the path of instant gratification.
The choice, is ultimately yours.