Simple Peace of Mind Technique


Simple Peace of Mind Technique:

*When you wake and open your eyes, before sitting up, before getting to your feet and leaving your bed (or couch or futon or floor), take slow breaths, fully, inhale and exhale. Start with a count of three breaths–the “cleansing” breaths.

*Let your mind clear.

*Push out the thoughts that jump in right away to start dictating the day to you in schedules and responsibilities and this and that.

*Once clear, attached to no specific thoughts, say thank you in your mind. Picture everyone and everything you are thankful for. Say thank you a few times, a dozen, as many as you choose.

*Smile and notice how smiling makes you feel.

*Three more cleansing breaths, full-inhale and full-exhale, and then sit up.

*Stand and start your day, all that you have to do, and notice how well this positive energy stays with you when you let it in first thing.


I wondered if “employment gypsy” or “job gypsy” might be a term in use already. Upon looking around online for slang terms regarding those who move in and out of jobs the way nomadic peoples move in and out of living spaces, I found interesting facts about types of employment common among various travelling gypsy groups in the world, but also a blog for a woman who refers to herself as a “Business Gypsy.”

As with many things, I realized I am not alone.

Some days I feel the regret of not having a MS or a Ph. D. by now. I regret not having decided on medical school way back in my early twenties so that I could now in my later thirties be conducting research in a medical laboratory somewhere. I regret not having returned to school five years ago to obtain a degree and licensing for counseling. I wonder how life might be if I had settled down much longer ago into a stable, long-term career.

Yet I admit there has been some amount of exhilaration in being exposed to many different work environments, learning how to perform new tasks, operating under different styles of management, and adapting my mind to new types of information. Each time I have left a job, whether something as practical as housekeeping or as scientific as working with laboratory specimens, I take along information, ideas, and experiences that I’m able to plug into other information, ideas, and experiences in other times and places of my life. I feel enriched.

Since I’m not yet licensed in what I would like to do with my life in career terms, I have continued to indulge in the recent years in moving into new jobs when I need a change, and out when I need further experience. I look for a new environment, research its missions and values, and assess what I can learn from and offer to it.

I took an online quiz once to predict health problems I may encounter due to life stressors; each stressor added a point, and of course the more points added up, the more likely you’re looking at adverse health effects up to and including heart attacks and cancer. One of the factors you are supposed to give yourself a point for was “having left your job for new emploment within the past year.” Uh-oh. One can only imagine what adverse health effects might result from five job changes in one year. My life span should be fairly reduced.

But I enjoy the changes. I look to them to grow as a person and as a professional.

There is absolutely something to be said for developing a career early, and maintaining it and having a stable income and lifestyle as the result of a stable career. I admire those who succeed in this. I admire, also, those who take risks on new career experiences that may or may not go anywhere in terms of career, but that always lead to enrichment in their lives. Myself included.

I’ve never fully agreed with the concept “have no regrets.” If we never acknowledged regret, we would not at times have the initiative needed to improve ourselves. Given that there are many things I wish I were authorized to do already (working independently in counseling), authorized to do that I will never be authorized to do (surgery or research as a MD), authorized to do that I might seek credentialing in (involvement in neuroscience), I do have some regret. I find that I’m able to quickly move past it, though, and appreciate the decisions I have made and where they have led me now, at a time in my life when I feel more able to understand myself and others, and therefore apply skills that I do possess–after years of mindful honing, working out the shape they need for effectiveness–to be of benefit to others. I’m able to find contenment and excitement in returning to school for licensure as a clinical counselor, and in working toward certification in meditation and yoga. I’m able to be appreciative of the freedom this world gives us to find our dreams at our own paces, our personal rates of understanding, want, and need.

There are so many experiences in this world, and we are all entitled to follow whatever path or paths bring us where we want and need to be. There is nothing quite as nice as doing something with your life that brings you meaning and happiness in way that fits you, and opens your heart to the amazing presence of your life.


Tabletop Fountains and Running Much Like the Wind


If you’ve never settled a miniature fountain onto a tabletop in your home, it’s never too late to try something new in your days.

If you generally walk, and only walk, to get from point A to B to every other letter you might need to visit and then back again, you might want to take a suggestion to pick up your feet higher, quicker, and run! Race the wind until you can (A) win or(B) blend in, moving as much like it in steadiness and speed as possible. Also, if you’re not familiar with mangos and lentils, prayer, yoga, relaxation techniques, deep breathing, calming music, camping, turning somersaults, connecting with art, understanding anatomy, opening your arms to the rain, holding an amazing Cecropia moth in your hands, laughing way out loud, standing in a gorgeous garden and simply stopping in place to study the way a fountain’s water reflects back the sun, forms of meditation, understanding the physics of energy, understanding the basics of holism, understanding how to laugh at warped humor, it’s fine, your mind can adapt to whatever change you ask it to take on.

Why take on changes, you may wonder, why try something new? A change is a shift, transformation, or alteration, and can be as simple as a change of clothing or hair cut or home decor or can go all the way to a transcendent life change that will bring you a meaning and peace of your place in existence that you possibly hadn’t even known you were looking for. Change gives us a broader range of view and motion in the world. It fulfills our needs to evolve into greater capacities of love and connection with ourselves and, in sequential order, others. Change is healthy, and we want and need healthy to keep this world going around.

Holism is a recognition that all parts relate to the others, that a system (be it an individual body or an entire society) works best when each part is functioning as it was meant to, and likewise the system can falter if even a single part gets knocked out of its course of action. Heal the body and the mind will heal, and in the mind healing the body will heal. When an individual is healed–healing meaning having strengthened the ability to function holistically–that individual can move that healing energy into his or her relationships. Individuals heal to become whole in all their human components of body/mind/soul, and couples and groups heal to become whole as components of security and peace to each other to create lives that are fulfilling, together.

Healing varies in intensity and need, and it’s often to our benefit think of healing as a daily practice, as it’s easy to get knocked from the course of our best actions even when we go out into the world with our best intentions.

Traffic, spilled coffee, lost wallets or cell phones, stolen cars, broken in homes that threaten both our emotional and physical security, rude people in stores, rude people on the telephone, rude people in your own house (sometimes you as the rude person), viruses and allergies, jobs we don’t really want but do really need, debt upon debt, lack of time, too much time when all we want is the day to hurry up and move on, sunburn, spider bites, bed bugs, hail damage, paying for toilet paper with quarters, being unhappy around chihuahuas, anything at all can put a heavy finger on our emotional eqilibrium to tip it, prompting us to justify staying out of balance regardless of the risk this causes to our health, the health of others, and of the world where we all so dearly need to reside in balance. It’s important to stay mindful of methods that bring us relaxation and a sense of well-being both physically and mentally.

If the musicality of a tiny fountain or a daily running routine provides you with health, then you do this. If it’s eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, then you do this. If it’s volunteering, painting things that bring others a sense of appreciation of beauty and emotion, or praying you go for it, with confidence. If you’re really not sure what brings you to your best place of health with yourself and others, then you start trying new things. You look for changes of habit, hobby, or idea. You seek until you find.

And you will find what it is that improves your quality of living and lets you contribute to the greater life you function within; there is no exclusive club in the universe that shuts out certain people in their quests to change, evolve, or fit in. Everything, everyone already fits in, already an important component of this whole world.


Website Provided: Nelson’s Natural World, a listing of types of holistic therapies, also referred to as complementary therapies. The therapies are referenced as complementary in the Western practice of medicine because they are considered as non-mainstream methods combined with conventional medicine. It is always best to follow the treatments suited for a specific condition as stated by your licensed, competent physician. They earned their license for a reason, and true holism leaves nothing out that is beneficial to healing and overall well-being, be it of complementary or conventional school of thought.