For Your Family: Foster Expansion

If you have family, when is the last time you sat down to have a frank discussion about finances, your money, and what you value?

So many times families fail to have these conversations and the result is a group of people living in a dream world.  They conjure up fantasies about going on extravagant vacations but have no real financial stability to support those fantasies.  Instead of explaining that Disney World is not in our price range, we pull out the credit cards or go get new ones and make it happen.  We operate as though the money to pay for it will just materialize out of thin air.  In my world, that only happens for bankers.  They are the only ones creating money out of thin air.  For our families, most of us are working jobs and trading our time for money.  

Having those frank discussions about finances, money and what you value are what’s needed to get to the place where you can go on the vacation without tying a debt noose around your neck and jeopardizing your family’s ability to function.  Who said you have to take extravagant vacations every year?  Where did that idea come from?  Could it be television programming?  Internet travel deals?  Sit down and talk about the real costs of taking trips.  Make a list and be certain everyone understands how long it would take to generate the money for such a trip.  Maybe it’s a year.  Maybe it’s five years!  Does your family even have $1,000 in the bank for emergencies like a car breaking down?  Are you doing anything to get yourself off the hamster wheel of corporate production?  Can you live beyond each paycheck?

The topic of this blog is about fostering expansion.  One of the ways we expand and grow is by facing the reality of our situations in life and by making decisions and taking actions that deal with What Is.  Then we can make a way for what is desired.  So many people got caught up in ‘The Secret,’ but one of the key ideas left out of that phenomenon was the simple fact that you must take right action.  Yes, everything is created first in mind, using your powerful imagination and intuition but you must take right action to make any of those ideas a reality.  There are no short cuts in life.  They just seem that way at the time.  Later you realize the full price that must be paid.  The credit card bills do come due.

Expanding your mind by looking at what truly is in your world can be quite liberating.  It may also feel like sitting on a razor blade as Tibetan guru Chogyam Trunkpa described it.  But that experience of dealing with what is right in your face gives you a chance to just be with what is and acknowledge it.  Then if it’s not what you want, insight can come as to how you might change it.  If you don’t face it head on, you never have this opportunity to open up and see what there is to see, feel what there is to feel and know what there is to know.  None of that is possible until you sit on that razor.

A stay-cation can be a lot of fun and it’s definitely cheaper.  Maybe you can’t even afford a stay-cation.  What is possible for your family?  What could you do together that would foster family ties?  Maybe it’s a tank of gas to go visit a long distant relative.  Maybe it’s having everybody over for Sunday brunch and dinner with games.

Give your family a gift of expansion as we move into these wonderful summer months in North America.  Show them you really care for their wellbeing by having a frank discussion about what you value and how that relates to your money and finances.  No one can have true wellness and graceful aging if you’re saddled with debilitating debt and the worry and dis ease that comes with it.

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Budding Opportunities to Expand Your Mind

Wellness and graceful aging do not operate in isolation from the rest of your life.  At Janice Woody’s Lifetime Health the focus is on integrating mind, body and spirit.  None of this can happen without expanding your mind first.  Remember everything is created twice in this world.  First we envision it in mind then we can create it in our day to day reality.  Expanding the mind is key to having an enlightened society.  Expanding the mind involves trust and faith that we are being led to more clarity and understanding about being well and doing for others.

Part of being well is having peace of mind about all aspects of our lives:  spiritual, mental, physical, emotional and financial.  We will not have peace of mind without peace in all these areas.  The path to peace is strewn with many obstacles, most of our own making.

How are you expanding your spiritual life?  Are you conscious of who you are being in this moment?  Are you a spirit that supports life and living?  Are you being kind and gentle?  Are you being compassionate?  What will people say about you when you’re gone from this plane?

Is your mental life a scary dark street or a path of light?  Do you feed your mind good food for thought that helps expansion?  What is your physical life?  Are you consciously living in the space of your life each moment?  Are you disassociated from your body and somehow thinking that the weight will leave on its own or that you can eat garbage without suffering the consequences?   Is your body expanding due to poor choices?  Are you an emotional mess?  Are you in denial about the reality of your existence?  Are you spouting positive affirmations without doing the foundational work of admitting who you are, where you are and how you got here?  Are you using your emotional life to support yourself and others?  Are you taking action in life or just dreaming?

And lastly, is there peace in your financial life?  Do you understand the difference between an asset and a liability?  An asset brings you wealth and income.  A liability drains your resources, both physically and emotionally.  Are you acquiring assets or are you watching your resources slip away funding liabilities that leave you nothing to show for your life’s work?

Do you know that your children are your treasure, the greatest asset you have been given?  Do you treat them like precious jewels with gentleness and admiration?  Do you build them up and educate them about who they are and where they came from?  Are you laying a firm foundation that will allow them to prosper in life and ensure the longevity of your clan?  That is also wealth.  Don’t relegate their education to a slave factory.  Take on the responsibility to educate them about true freedom and the greatness of service to others.

When you’re laid to rest either in a grave or on a funeral pyre, will your legacy  be one of peace and expansion?  You may think all I have done here is raise more questions with no answers.  Everyone is looking for answers.  The answers lie inside you.  The way to bring them out is by asking the right questions.  Now is your budding opportunity to expand your mind.  Take it!

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Budding Opportunities: Tend the Garden of Your Mind

“What a difference a day makes.  Twenty-four little hours.”  When you give yourself time to digest life, it goes down so much easier.  I’m having a health challenge and as always I am reminded to tend to my thoughts.  How easy it is to forget that we decide which thoughts to entertain on a daily basis.  It seems that they just show up sometimes as uninvited guests and we can’t do anything about that.  WRONG!  We must tend our thoughts as carefully as we tend our gardens.  What gets planted will grow.  If you plant watermelon seeds, you won’t get apples.  Seems kind of obvious, but many times we find ourselves entertaining thoughts of despair about our health and then wonder why things seem to be getting worse.

Yes, we have to be realistic and face whatever presents itself.  Once we’ve acknowledged it, then we decide how to think about it.  If the automatic response is panic, doom and gloom, then we find ourselves in the negative death spiral to hell.  The negative thoughts come pouring in and start to overwhelm the system.

However, there is another way to tend the garden of your mind.  Face reality.  What is actually happening?  Much of it will exist only in the mind.  Then adopt a perspective that leaves you options.  It’s amazing how just having a choice can lift your spirits and raise your energy to see the possibilities in life.  It’s very easy to decide that everything is falling apart.  But what if it isn’t?  What if you can make a different choice?  What if you can see things from a different perspective, one that has you winning for a change?  Or at least gives you a fighting chance?

The way this life works is we have dark clouds and rain, then we get sunshine and flowers.  Neither is good or bad.  It simply is.  The thought seeds we’ve planted determine what sprouts in the fertile soil of our minds.  If we welcome the clouds and rain, we have a perspective that this will bring juicy watermelons.  If we welcome the sunshine, we enjoy a walk in the park or wandering in our garden picking the sweet fruit.  What we harvest is what was planted.

If we are planting negative thought seeds, the harvest will be disappointing at best.  What we will have to eat will only irritate the system and make life stressful, dark and cloudy like the sky on a rainy day.  Plant seeds that empower you.  Plant seeds that give you options.  Plant seeds that feed and nourish your soul.

The dark clouds always part and then there is sun.  “What a difference a day makes.  Twenty-four little hours.  You’ve got the sun and the flowers where there used to be rain.  What a difference a day makes.  And the difference is you!”

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Budding Opportunities – Birth of the Warrior

I am giving birth to the warrior now in Level 2 Shambhala.  How profound that I would be birthing the warrior on Mother’s Day weekend.

 My first experience giving birth lead to the emergence of a truly magnificent soul named Changa Bavu Mukasa.  His name means iron-like force and he emerged as just that.  I will always remember how he arrived, with a long introduction and much fanfare.  My water broke at 7 months and as I sat in the hospital for another 7 days waiting for his arrival, I wondered who is this person.  He came down the birth canal with an attitude and when they laid him on the table beside me, he looked up at his father and me with a look of “oh, so you’re the ones I got!”  

Thus proceeded the journey of a warrior into listening and hearing.  We all had our hearing faculties at the time.  Little did we know what was to come.  Changa lost most of his hearing over a year later due to meningitis.  It was fitting that the logo for his namesake CHANGA is an African Zulu warrior.  When we gave birth to CHANGA (Collective Housing and New Growth Alternatives) we had no idea what would happen or where it would lead us.  We just wanted to promote deaf-friendly housing.  It gave birth to a whole movement that others are promoting now and bringing forth new living spaces that serve the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing.  Thank you Changa for inspiring the creation of this grand idea in our lives.  We weren’t the first to attempt it, but in the age of the Internet, we were probably the first to give it more light.

The warrior is being born anew in me this weekend.  It signals a movement into a new realm of healing, growth and transformation.  There is much to be healed through working with contentment, joy, fearlessness and wisdom.  I salute all those on the path with me.  It takes great courage to birth the warrior.  Having to sit with all that arises, acknowledging and accepting.  No fighting is required.  Non-resistance is a key tool of the warrior.  Realizing that all that comes up to challenge you is for you, for your growth, for your healing.  The warrior knows that whatever is needed in every situation is contained within it.  There is no need to bring the moving van, just an open set of eyes and ears, an open heart.

 In some Native American tribes, the young brave went off on a spirit quest to sit with whatever arose, acknowledging and accepting.  He faced his fears and moved through them.  I learned that fearlessness is not about the absence of fear.  It’s facing fear and moving beyond it.  We can’t have fearlessness without fear.  Just as there’s always a little nugget of sadness in all our joy.  Birthing of a warrior is what’s required of an individual.  Birthing of a warrior is what’s required of a people to survive and thrive.

 May you be happy.  May you be free from suffering.  May you be at peace.  May you be brave and give birth to a warrior.  As always, please like this and share it with your friends.  Come sit with me at JaniceWoody.com for more on wellness and graceful aging.  Here’s to your Lifetime Health!

 

Budding Opportunities – Being in Nature

I use the term Being in Nature vs. Being with or Being out in because this life is about who we are being in each moment.  We are as much a part of nature as the trees we walk past daily.  We can’t help but be “in” nature.  There is a symbiotic relationship here.  We are kin with the birds and the squirrels because we all have a common source of being.  Many days I’m talking with people who feel overwhelmed by the act of living.  I think and feel that our stress with living comes from not realizing our connection with everything around us.  When brother bird sings, he’s communicating with you.  Are you listening?  It may be a sweet melodious chirp I’m hearing or a somber chant.  Many times I can feel the direct connection between me, what’s happening in my life and the bird’s song.  If he’s doing a somber chant, did I suddenly become aware of him because I’m going through a particularly difficult time?  Or am I overjoyed by some wonderful new blessing and because of that I hear gleeful chirping?  We are all connected.  It doesn’t mean we are all the same.  We are just connected in the web of life and we have messages for each other that can uplift and feed our souls.

This is what creates true abundance in life.  The never-ending connection between everything.  When we tap into this, we start to understand the universe is infinite and there is no lack of anything.  It is our narrow perceptions that steal this truth from us.  My ancestors were connected in a very basic way and taught me to value this connection to everything.  All those days in my grandma’s garden watching and helping her tend to and nurture the crops was my foundation in the truth of abundance.  Watching her shake the peach tree to collect that delectable sweet, juicy fruit taught me that one day it would be my turn to shake the tree.  And because of her, I would know how.  Giving thanks for everything that came, taught me about the most powerful energy in the universe, love and gratitude.

We are living in the month of May and it is full of budding opportunities to realize our connection and how we are being in nature,  Are we growing?  Are the buds in our lives blossoming?  When we become aware of our connection, we begin to see this growth.  The growth leads to maturity, then death which leads us back to the start of the cycle with birth.  None of this is to be feared but appreciated and acknowledged.  We are  part of the never-ending cycle of love and gratitude.

Ask yourself this question.  Who am I being in this moment?  Would I be proud of my great, great-grandchildren knowing this person?  Am I living the values I preach to my family and friends?  Or am I a straight up hypocrite?  Every moment is a choice about who we are being.  Stay in the now and stay connected.  Nature teaches you how to be in harmony with everything and everyone around you.

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REBIRTH: Life Extension Technology

The headlines read as follows:

TRANSHUMANISTS: SUPERHUMAN POWERS & LIFE EXTENSION TECH WILL ALLOW US TO BECOME LIKE GOD

LIVE FOREVER: Scientists say they’ll soon extend life ‘well beyond 120’

Life Extension Technologies To Facilitate Elite Technocracy

I thought life extension a fitting topic for this week given many people around the world are celebrating Easter, the time when Jesus The Christ was resurrected, reborn, rose from the tomb.  In other words, he defeated death. 

Have we actually figured out how to accomplish this feat?  Reading those headlines would have you believe that.  So far there’s been a lot of talk from transhumanists and life extension scientists.  We are still waiting on the proof.  Transhumanists believe we should all eventually merge with machines to become super human and godlike.  I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound good to me.  Why would humans, quite possibly the most sophisticated creations in this world, want to merge with something substandard like a machine.  A machine that we made by the way.

 I have yet to get a piece of software completely free of bugs.  I don’t think I would sign on to merging with a machine running on software.  I have consciousness and “superhuman” powers now.  I have memory, imagination, intuition, reason right now.  And these are far superior to any manmade machine. Modern scientists don’t yet understand the animating spirit of humanity so how can they hope to improve upon it.  As I pointed out two weeks ago, we know how to slow down the aging process.  This one thing will most likely extend the lives of millions of people, some even beyond 120.

 Another huge question remains – exactly who gets the life extension?  If by some stroke of luck, scientists were to unlock the secret to life extension, would it be available to everyone?  Who would decide?  These are troubling questions in a world gone mad with elites seeking to control every aspect of our daily lives with technology.  We are being surveilled like never before.  We are followed around the web incessantly with every purchase or comment catalogued.  All so we can be the target of someone’s marketing campaign.  Will Amazon sell us life extension also?

 I’m a big proponent of life extension for EVERYONE.  We obviously didn’t create ourselves out of thin air.  I don’t think little minds should have the power to decide who lives longer and who dies a miserable death in despair and suffering.  I don’t think little minds should have that power.  People obsessed with controlling others have little, small minds.  Their “superhuman” powers definitely don’t shine through.  Maybe they might be happier merged with a machine.  Then the rest of us can get on with the joy of living life beyond 120.

Here’s to your LONG Lifetime Health!

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Take the First Step

Stay Active for Life is the theme for March at Janice Woody’s Lifetime Health.  Last week we talked about activity being a mindset and the fact that everything is created twice, first in the mind, then in our outer reality.  Staying active requires the most profound yet simple commitment.  We must take the first step.

Taking the first step sets us up for dramatic change.  Change is something humans resist.  The first step puts the body out of balance, necessitating the next step.  We are no longer sedentary.  We’ve upset the status quo and many times our ego will go into a raging fit about how this is inconvenient and just too big a commitment.  “I don’t even have 10 minutes to take a walk.  I’m just too busy.”

For someone who is overweight or obese, this kind of struggle may seem obvious.  But what if you’re young and active right now.  You never imagine a time when you won’t be this way.  That is where the challenge lies.  When we are living an active lifestyle, we tend to take it for granted.  We assume it will always be that way.  Sometimes we’re not present to our lives.  We may go for a run or go to the gym every week because that’s our routine.  We don’t give it a lot of thought.  We may not even know why we started in the first place.  Maybe it became a habit because of an old boyfriend or girlfriend.  I challenge you to question why you are so active right now if this is your reality.  Think about your WHY.  Knowing and understanding it, may save your life one day.

Life happens in a flash.  Our daily routines can be upset in an instant by a bad decision, people in our lives, health challenges, etc.  Before you’re aware of it, your world is turned upside down and what was once an active lifestyle changes into a stress filled, stationary existence.  It only takes a few days for some people.  Their healthy pattern is broken and they find themselves making different lifestyle choices which don’t involve much movement.

I’ve seen this in my own life.  I used to walk 3 miles every day and bike and swim.  Then I changed my work life and found myself sitting in front of a computer monitor from early morning to late into the afternoon.  I told myself this was necessary if I wanted to be “successful”.  Did it take its toll on my health?  You bet it did.  I started to gain weight, slowly at first, but then it really started to pack on.  I had always enjoyed being active, but just didn’t realize how much I needed to make it a priority for my health.  Here’s the part that’s really annoying, it took me longer to get back my stamina and previous level of strength and agility.  Whenever I slacked off, it would always take longer to come back physically.

Stay active for life.  Take the first step.  If you’re already there, take the second step and be present to why you’re doing it, how it feels and why it’s important to you.  Don’t take your life for granted.  It’s precious.  Every moment is precious.  If you get this, please like it and share it with your friends.  Visit me at JaniceWoody.com and sign up for a class or coaching to help you on your path of Wellness and Graceful Aging.

Here’s to your Lifetime Health!