We always have choices, and one of the most important choices we have, is where our attention is placed and focused. At any moment here on Earth, everything you could possibly think of is taking place.

Every spectrum of experience is being played out and the popular media, newspaper, television, news bulletins and magazines, report this 'news,' they bring to our attention a small part of this spectrum.

Most of what is reported is either negative and fear inducing, or a not so subtle programming of us the general population. This constant reportage of negativity affects the psyche. It is in fact psychic pollution.

If we, as sensitive beings are constantly bombarded by these things that the media deem newsworthy, we are put in the position of passive observers, in the most part unable to do anything about the atrocities shown and it affects us and we begin to shut down .

What good does observing this do? Does it help in any way? Or does it just serve to reinforce pessimism and general malaise?

Do the airbrushed images of mock perfection in magazines help young people develop self worth?

Do the screaming headlines in the trashy but very popular magazines on every supermarket shelf telling us which celebrity has spots or cellulite contribute to our well being?

At every moment, as well as people being hurt or killed, there are people falling in love and new life being born.

As well as war and atrocity there is deep peace and genuine compassion.

For all the talk of lack and depression, there is growth and abundance.

For everything fake and manufactured there are thing of real innate beauty.

It is easy to get caught up in believing that the reported world, the TV world, the things in magazines and shops, are the reality of our life.

What is really going on, is that we, humankind, are one of the species alive right here, right now, on this beautiful planet we call the Earth.

It is spinning in space, warmed by a giant burning star we call the Sun and orbited by our satellite the Moon.

There are glorious forests of green trees, enormous deep oceans ebbing and flowing, magnificent winds blowing around our planet, rain falling and watering the myriad of growing things upon its surface.

There is beauty and life, real life, going on everywhere.
It is what we are, what we are a part of, what modern society has wooed us away from, with its artificial quick fixes that feed the hunger that develops inside a man or woman who has wandered so far away from their true 'nature'.

It is in this 'real' world, the natural world of which we are a part, that strength and inner peace can be found. A connection to nature will connect us to our own nature, to our instincts, to our sense of belonging, to this 'whole' of which we are a part.

We have a choice in every moment where our attention will be placed and focused, and what energy we are adding our weight to on this seesaw of life.

Do we observe and add to the worry, pessimism and despair engendered by the popular media?

Or do we choose to turn it off and look at the beauty that is everywhere?

We have a choice, which will we choose to observe today?

What we see depends mainly on what we look for. - John Lubbock

- Susannah Bec 2009


Simplify - Prioritise - One Step at a Time

It can be so easy to get overwhelmed with modern life. There always seems to be so much to do, so many things to deal with, so much *stuff*. These are some tips to help.
  • Simplify, get rid of the things that are causing clutter, both mental and physical. Weed out the non essentials, they won't be missed and you will feel much clearer.
  • Prioritise what is truly important.
  • Deal with all the absolute *must do's*
  • List all the *want to do* things, in order of priority.
  • Take the thing from the top of your list and do that, immerse yourself in it.
Just focus on the task at hand. Take things one step at a time, deal with the actual moment. By only tackling the thing right in front of you, it will prevent the avalance of *shoulds* from hurtling down the hill of tasks and swamping you beneath them.

Remember - Simplify - Prioritise - One step at a time - Good luck!

"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." -Hans Hofmann


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