30 Mar New Guided Hypnosis for Health
A lot of coaches, trainers, gurus, and consultants have been busily offering their advice on how to deal with the COVID-19. The advice: Pivot. Innovate. Hustle.
But here’s something nobody’s really talking about: the gift of time. We have been granted a unique opportunity for virtually everyone to finally slow down, regroup, unplug, and refocus without the pressure of a daily grind, commute, deadline, or other time constraint that keeps us locked in an endless cycle of anxiety and stress.
Never before in our lifetime have we been so collectively forced by circumstances to drop everything and just take a friggin’ break. Never before have we been asked by authorities to just chill out at home and be with our families.
Think about it: how many times have you pushed for the opportunity to work from home, only to be denied the chance? How many times have you viewed time freedom as the endgame of all your efforts? How many times have you wished you could just relax and spend more time with your family?
Oh, you still have to work. You still have to make money. You still have to pay your bills. But the pressing matter for the vast majority of people I’m seeing on social media right now is a lack of busy-ness. They’re all desperately trying to come up with ways to fill the time. Not going out and spending money doing things just to kill time has to be the ultimate first-world problem!
I do a daily Daoist meditation reading, as well as an I-Ching reading. I do these not because of some deep spiritual need to look for answers in random coin tosses, but rather just for the practice and ritual of them. The results just give me something to think about, and I can’t say the advice has ever been destructive enough not to put into practice. Today’s readings were interesting. The meditation itself was on the subject of disengagement; how feeling disengaged from our routine practices doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do them. Rather, unless we’re sick or ill of spirit (angry or hate-filled), we should continue to at least go through the motions. It’s in the discipline of routine and ritual that our long-term progress is made. We may experience a revelation, but just as importantly we may not. In not experiencing a revelation, we can still keep our forward momentum.
Interesting that our unique situation gives us exactly that opportunity.
The I-Ching this morning was Po, the Splitting Apart. The message here is “do not attempt to intervene now.” Some people read Po as a downward or negative time. Really, it suggests that there are negative energies and influences about. As the changing line reads, “doubt and fear have propelled egos into action. Disaster results unless you abandon your grievances and agendas and allow the Creative to take over.”
Does that sound negative? I can see how it might. But I prefer to look at it this way: Things are tough all over. You can give in to doubt and fear. You can make decisions based on trying to struggle against the situation. Or you can take stock of where you are: are you and your family healthy? Are you warm? Are you fed? I’ve heard health professionals say, “if you’re still breathing, there’s more right with you than there is wrong.” If you’re eating and have shelter, that sentiment is even more true.
What’s the point of all of this? Sometimes, circumstances come along to tell us we need to take a break. So, my advice is this: if you and your loved ones are healthy and in no imminent danger, consider the opportunity to spend this time at home to be a gift. Just as when you wake up earlier than expected and put the bonus time to work for you, you have the very rare and unexpected gift of free time to pursue almost anything you can put your mind to.
Don’t squander it complaining about boredom.
If you’d like to check out my new guided hypnosis recording for physical health and mind-body connection, I’m giving the first track away FREE. This audio is 25 minutes long, and is part one of a four-part series. I’m looking for some feedback and the chance to help you find some forward momentum through this difficult time. Just put your name and email in the form below, and I’ll send you a link and password to access the streaming page for it here on my website:
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