How would you
describe the course of your daily life?
included at times) would say it is a roller-coaster with dramatic ups and
sometimes even more dramatic lows, with twists and turns, and unexpected
moments that turn you completely upside down, but the biggest feature is that
there is no speed control as you barrel along gong faster and faster.
Others may describe
their lives as a spiral which turns around and around, but you have no idea if
you are going up or down, or both directions at the same time.
description is the hamster wheel, where you feel like you are running as fast
as you can but you’re just spinning the wheel and going nowhere fast.
And, we’re all
familiar with the “so many steps forward, so many steps back” version - another
one I’ve used often - which can either have slow forward motion or backward
motion depending on which side of the equation has the larger number of steps.
This summer I heard
that it is healthier to live our lives as a lemniscate (aka sideways figure 8
or the infinity sign ∞). It is the natural motion that bees, as well
as other insects and animals, follow.
The lemniscate is a
balanced symbol - there are no extremes, left and right are equal, one side isn’t
longer than the other, the distance to the top and bottom are the same as from
the middle to the outer sides, and while it appears that one is going over the
same territory in a never-ending (infinite) loop, each time is different as a
greater degree of balance, calmness and clarity are obtained.
Walking in the lemniscate
pattern provides a great meditation for mental, emotional and physical
relaxation. It is a pattern that just
comes naturally to young children, so why do we forget it as adults?
lemniscate with your finger over your heart, or around your eyes (circle each
eye and cross at the bridge of your nose) is healing, calming, and it relieves stress as it brings
balance to the body and brain.
How well are you
able to handle change in your life?
Okay, now be TOTALLY honest - how well are you able to handle change in
your life? If we are honest, most of us
resist change of any nature with every fibre of our being.
We are entering a
time when things are going to change for some communities. Elections are on Monday, October 16, and the
results will mean that changes are on the horizon. Maybe the changes won’t be big, or overly
dramatic, but there will be changes nonetheless, and the more we are able to
accept them, whatever they are, the better.
Incidentally, I can
tell you some people can’t seem to handle that after ALMOST 16 YEARS, I updated
my picture that goes beside my words. If
you can’t handle a small change that doesn’t affect you personally, how can you
handle changes that do? And quite
truthfully, I have changed (aged) in those years, and I’m not 28 any more. ;)