HONY features people who can tell me something which breaks my heart, forces me to see my own reflection or change an attitude. Whether they are homeless, jobless, clean toilets or are a street performer, HONY is a platform for all people.
Cleo feels the world is closing in on her. For the last five years she has been caregiver to her mother who had weekly kidney treatments. After mom’s passing, Cleo’s sadness mixed with guilt, exhaustion and poor sleep. Symptoms grow more intense each day. It has been a year since mom died and the days pass by with little meaning. Cleo realizes she can no longer use caregiving to shield her from this pain.
The season of graduation ceremonies is upon us. These momentous occasions are engendered by those progressing from one life point to another. Seemingly academic in nature, graduations represent a passing of time, a maturing of self and the recognition of no turning back. There is much also to consider from a spiritual perspective. Here are four graduation gifts awaiting as part of this spiritual graduation journey.
Harry’s “Time Out” button in his head has been sending signals so he can ease up on the constant mental stresses causing his anxiety. Yet he overlooks this button and prefers to use the shiny (and deceptive) button called “Distraction.” Read on to learn how he manages to work through anxiety and practice mental wellness.
Being a leader or supervisor is difficult. Every second of every hour revolves around meetings, unexpected last-minute fires and constant team-building. Besides having an impressive title with lots of responsibilities, leaders deal with considerable pressure to keep staff happy while avoiding trouble.
The overbearing ego assumes its formula for decision-making involves anxiety, tension and overwhelm. The cycle of insanity distances us from resolution and leads to despair, panic and uncertainty. By now, we may have determined this predictable outcome yields poor results and no reward. And yet here we are doing the same thing over and over again. Joy gives permission to exercise the best part of ourselves - our imagination.
Years ago, a mentor advised me that my primary task was to pay attention to the good things happening all around me if I wanted to last.
Otherwise, she cautioned, it’s easy to fall into the trap of becoming “emotional shredded cardboard.” At the time, I was so young, that I was not even sure what she was trying to tell me.
She recommended a middle way, in which we resist choking off our natural empathy, and instead cultivate a rich inner life that is able to attend to, work with, and release the emotions that accompany our work.
As we wander through life's thicketed forest, we encounter over and over our mental, emotional and spiritual selves. Standing alone in the wild exposes us to shadowy perceptions capable of disorienting us. Our energy can becomes disturbed. We may attach ourselves to the disturbance. The phenomenon called "anxiety" is one such attachment. Anxiety erodes our strength and inner vitality.
Thanks to Apple, the “Me” movement is bigger than ever ... and growing. Gadgets, apps and social media drive greater focus on the almighty Me, Myself and I. Corporations with their social media extensions feed our hungry ego's wants to acquire and proclaim itself. We need to find the roadmap to joyful connection and remember how we can change the world together with love.