Formula for modern dysfunctional relationship with time | Deepak & Oprah | Meditate & Be Intensely Present With Your Moment

Be Intensely Present In Your Moment

Be Intensely Present In Your Moment

Today’s topic of the 21 day meditation presented and hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra was about the pervasive psychological dysfunction of modern man with respect to their relationship to time. I realized that my experiences during my ride to the sea to swim in chilly temperatures and all that approached my senses, was really living this liberation of being fully immersed in the present.

trees on bicycle ride to sea

trees on bicycle ride to sea

Yesterday on my bicycle ride to the Mediterranean Sea along a path on the river Lez in Montpellier, I was acutely aware of all that was hitting my senses. Fragrances, colors, watching ripples of water surfacing along the river from activity within and considering how space is shaped to create these cylindric waves. Marveling over these trees I love, all in a row that have these massive bases that contain the base of three to five trunks shooting out. They all have this cool mottled bark, rolling contours, curves and indentations. I love to climb them. I looked at the glistening sparkles of water as the mid afternoon sun bounced off different patches along the  river. Coming to the opening of the river to the sea you see contrasts in color and these pink flamingos. I look at the differences in tones and shades and always remember my mother commenting on this on our drive out to New Mexico from Pennsylvania the first time I moved there.  When we reached the desert, she pointed out all of the subtleties of different colors.

Perhaps this is my homage to my ancestors, my parents, who are no longer physically alive. On this All Saint’s Day.

Halloween day, I left my place in the north of town and bicycled along the path along the river Lez from Montpellier to the Mediterranean Sea, to swim. I wasn’t the only fool in the water! After you break the psychological barrier, of the frrrreeeezing water – still not as cold as the ocean by San Francisco in northern California – your body adjusts. Once I finally put my head under, I was fine. Well, it was pretty icy cold that I couldn’t keep it in the water at first, but got used to that too. I love, love, love to swim. I love being in a body of liquid, especially outside in nature. I love the stretching and very slight resistance of swimming. I swam from one boundary of rocks to another, doing breast stroke, back stroke and freestyle. I swam as a kid on the swim team. I mention this because it is so incredibly stimulating to immerse oneself in this cold environment and then to bounce one’s body back to normal temperatures. I had to run to warm up.

I took pictures with my inadequate phone camera of stunning views, which fortunately are crystalized in my memory, for a while. ha huh. I looked closely, following the contours of these lovely ornate trees by the river, looking at their papered skin of differing hues. A little later I saw a large cluster of pink flamingos sitting still on the water in the distance, with the reflection upside down of their pinkness landing from my perspective, several inches below them. These other smaller sea birds were in the foreground, with black heads and white bodies that were smaller and perched in a row, little black and white spots in a line.

I came briefly today as I’m writing this, to Montpellier’s Jardin des Plantes. Every town of any size in France seems to have one.  I listened to quite a chatter of the birds present as the afternoon sun was angling. I heard different species – really quite vocal – recording the clicks and tones.

sparkling sun reflecting off water

sparkling sun reflecting off water

The whole 21 day guided meditation series is about being in the present, Making Every Moment Matter.

Ironically, today’s meditation is titled “Recognizing and Healing Time Dysfunction”. They each take turns introducing the concepts, Oprah Winfrey leading, and Deepak Chopra, accompanied by a tantalizing acoustic entrance, goes into a more in depth spiritual explanation. Today they talked about extracting oneself from being fixated on either the highs ore lows of whether or not one is accomplishing what one expects to accomplish in a certain time. We’re either delighted to be checking off our list or feeling guilty for not doing so, and letting this dictate determine how we feel. I know that my mother was fixated with this ‘to do’ list, and I’ve genetically and socially allowed myself to be swept into the same cultural dictates.

I decided to write about it because in fact, when I’ve allowed myself to go on these excursions without feeling guilty, and then feel so alive with all of the senses and discoveries, I can’t imagine not being open and completely immersed in the present. What a delight. The beauty of not being swept into the guilts and obsession with whether or not one is keeping this agenda, is to be fully enmeshed in the moment, whether one is pulled to a new task, or waiting, pausing to notice a flickering of light or shadow, and being fully with that moment, overwhelmingly present. Life is full of these impressions, sensations, intuitions and discoveries. When one is in this moment, immersed, one can gather from it the jewels that can only be seen if they are beheld.

I have developed a habit of taking notes to the oral presentation of Oprah and Chopra, so here are the notes I took of today’s meditation, unedited. 21 day meditation on time: Day 3 – Recognizing and Healing Time Dysfunction

Oprah:

• Deepak calls time sickness; if it resonates with you; the heavy feeling that all you set out to accomplish that day isn’t going to get done, something that throws you off
• living in the moment means eliminating the highs and the lows, the high from checking off all the things, and just being in the moment
• Eckart Toole says if you’re sitting in the moment, recognizing the time spent in enjoyment and what it is that causes anxiety, leads you to the path to what it is that is fulfillment and your true calling.

Chopra:

• time is an experience that shifts depending on what happens on the inside
• besides the biological basis of time, there is the psychological aspect: when you do something that you’re passionate about, time flies, when you’re bored, time drags, when you’re doing something that has no meaning for you, time has been wasted
• we experience time according to our psychological state: when you’re in love and you’ve spent time with your beloved, an hour feels like a minute, when you’re suffering from depression, a minute feels like an hour
• modern life takes our experience of time to an extreme; time sickness is an epidemic; it’s the ultimate life-style disorder, because under the pressures of time, life isn’t lived
• we become robotically trained to measure every day by what we have achieved or haven’t: chores left undone, the relationship we didn’t have time for, the exercise we put off…: this is what it means to suffer from time sickness
• this is born from our own experience of time; we can change that experience any time we want
• how do we know if we relate to time in a dysfunctional way; consider the following symptoms: feeling like there is never enough time in the day, constantly looking at the clock and racing against it, feeling frustration and failure of not accomplishing what you wanted to, dreading the passage of time because it saps energy and youth
• simply telling someone to slow down doesn’t work, there has to be an inner shift in the right direction
• you’re getting over time sickness when you enjoy your experiences and take time to appreciate them (like the fact that i absolutely delight in listening to bird’s chirping back and forth, a high slicing pitch and a little clicks, and also looking at this other magpie building its nest from the sheds of grass in this back yard)
• you feel that your day is flowing well when you find time to feel relaxed and when your day worries are absent; time dysfunction isn’t about time itself but the mismatch between your perception and reality
• life can unfold naturally with a sense that you have all the time in the world
we don’t need better time management, we need a new state of mind
• as you experience yourself as present awareness, the symptoms of time sickness will melt away
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Propose a “Humanity Without Borders” Commission made of Collaborative countries to Create Jobs & Place Refugees Worldwide into 1. Renewable Energy Production Operations 2. Affordable Elderly Care Positions

Propose a “Humanity Without Borders” Commission made of Collaborative countries to Create Jobs>Place Refugees Worldwide into 1. Renewable Energy Production Operations (Wind, Solar, Wave, Geothermal) 2. Affordable Elderly Care Positions

renewable energy wordcloud

renewable energy wordcloud

Given: there are as many opinions as there are fingerprints. Some are more molded into particular alignments with a given fraternity, community, language group or identification with a particular religious, political or economic regime. I’ve listened to a number of different opinions in the last 10 days, all pretty educated ones; ranging from the idealistic to the pragmatic. Each provide lessons.

helping hands elderly care

helping hands elderly care

I think that the whole world needs to make some radical, revolutionary changes in response to all of the things happening right now. There is no choice to maintain the status quo of how things are. People need to step out of their comfort zones and into more proactive than reactive stances. Step out of their insular communities and look and act with a larger incentive; that of recapturing a sense that there is more to life than merely the exchange rate and a particular point of view. What is happening now with the climate, the pollution, the higher levels of economic and racial inequality and the dissemination of species and the mass exodus of peoples from lands all over the world due to economic or political crisis, is unprecedented. And that this flow of migration away from the regions with such bleak circumstances is in many ways connected to and because of what is happening or produced and exported – directly or indirectly – from other more powerful nations of the world. This exodus from lower altitude lying countries, along with Carbon Dioxide levels, will only rise, unless we do something about it.

heart wordcloud ederly care

heart wordcloud ederly care

Everyone is going to have to face this challenge. A challenge beyond aeons of fraternal arguing, religious opposition, power mongering and basing everything on the GDP and finance. Man’s energy choices have resulted in the degradation of the earth and all of its creatures, along with more severe extreme weather patterns. And now, amalgamating into a flood of people from their bleak circumstances. The additional challenge is a growing aging population that also deserve the respect and dignity of having their needs met.

I propose “Humanity Without Borders

I say, create the room and motive to solve several crises with the same goal; to relocate people by establishing a Humanity Without Borders board made up of dozens of different membership countries. Their mission: to relocate refugees with dignity, and placement into work.

The world has been watching a flood of refugees from all over the world; central American towards their Northern neighbors, Syria, North, East and Central Africans into Europe, lured by smugglers, who like drug dealers, are mostly intent on making a profit, by any means possible. We’ve been watching as people have been herded into horrific conditions and treated with anger, fright and contempt.

This is something that is bigger than any one nation can handle, and once again, perhaps created because of these foreign lands that they are fleeing towards, indirectly from the financial model and directly because of the CO2 levels rising, affecting the weather patterns to such an extreme that their resources are depleting as the unrest and political turmoil rises. These small-time smugglers are profiteering on delivering people out of their sordid environments as if they’re fugitives.

Yet we could construct something to solve the tensions, perhaps even slow down the desire to abandon their own countries, by creating a global panel representative of a host of different ethnicities and governments worldwide, to join in this emergent “Humanity Without Borders” mission: to place refugees worldwide into working towards the production of renewable energy plants worldwide, and the service of the elderly in the growing populations of elderly and declining birthrates in several nations of the Western World including the USA and Germany as well as Japan and China in the Eastern Hemisphere, to be trained in healthcare.

This would be creating jobs and placing people into sustainable economic conditions, while helping with the crushing demand of restructuring our infrastucture towards renewable and clean energy to curb the pollution and destructive dirty energy practices of oil and coal, and fulfill the need for human assistance to elderly. Empowerment, a growth in quality of life, a renewal of the environment and a cross-generational reach to honor the dignity of life into old age, would be just some of the positive repercussions of this placement.

Perhaps, a mass transformation of building towards renewable and ecologically sustainable production and practices, would dramatically improve the quality of well, everything.

jobs 2012 renewable energy

jobs 2012 renewable energy

There is no shortage of jobs! There is a shortage of the means of funding a complete restructuring of the industries as we know them. But there are examples of great ingenuity and success stories of renewable energy everywhere.

There is no shortage of money! Just look at the amount of campaign money in the United States presidential race. A Choice of Billionaires. There are two categories in demand globally in goods and services: 1. restructuring energy production to put large scale renewable energy systems in place – solar, wind, geothermal, wave, etc. and 2. the service of care, particularly for aging populations in the US, Japan, China etc,

My idea to curtail and meet the worldwide refugee challenge: the creation of a non-denominational, non-politically or religiously aligned panel of members of the world community Humanity Without Borders, based at the UN Headquarters for example.

It can be done. China has exemplified achieving massive construction in an astoundingly short period of time. Though clearly not without experiencing the fallout of industrialization, they have also created some quite green enterprises.

This is my proposal, and if you want to read further, here’s how I arrived at this idea, what influenced me.

green planet renewable energy

green planet renewable energy

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I listened to Annie Leonard’s Story of Solutions; her response to our Western consumer driven capitalistic mode. I’ve listened to the historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz talk of the growing trends that point to the systemic failures of the current model of Capitalism. His book discusses decentralizing alternatives, leading to the democratization of wealth and ownership. “If you don’t like capitalism or state socialism, what do you want?” He talks of systemic change nurturing principles of Democracy, Ownership, Community and Ecological Sustainability; a Pluralist Commonwealth.

I’ve listened to the Pope and read Daily Kos : excerpts of The Popes Encyclical. Time magazine September 28, 2015 issue with Bernie Sanders on the cover, has an article about the Pope by Elizabeth Dias, “The New Roman Empire”, http://time.com in which she describes his impact in the world. “The Pope’s activism will be put to the test on his visit to the U.S.…seen by many as a wellspring of some of the global ills he has attacked – corporate greed, colonial exploitation, economic inequality – and his pronouncements on everything from climate change to immigration…His climate encyclical scope was wide: it talked about everything from individuals’ air-conditioning use to how environmental degradation is causing poverty and migration…calling for a bold cultural revolution, for example, Francis said the rich and powerful were pushing a model of development based on fossil-fuel consumption that ended up hurting the poor.”

I’ve also learned of the Band of Sisters, the Universe Story & Ecotheology, a transformative view of Catholic priests which is becoming a movement, identifying the supremacy of nature and our place in it as ecotheology. Wherein the quality of life is based on our spiritual relationship to the Earth, as opposed to being economically based.

I listened to my brother in law, Graeam Cohen, a well learned British businessman and historian with knowledge and understanding of the conflicts occurring presently between different religious groups in Europe and the Middle East as well as an historic understanding of the roots of the world as it is today. His pragmatic understanding of the status quo, is that the hegemonies of the world are run through economics and power/money and military might. He points out that the history of western civilization stems back to the Greeks and Romans, in which the military was an irrevocable part of the larger scheme of rule and control. Today, corporations as any other business enterprises are ultimately protected under the sovereignty of the land in which they are incorporated. Corporations don’t have military to protect themselves, they have lobbyists, as do every other group.

He spoke casually of the fallouts of an occasional polluted stream or earth quake as being perhaps burdensome, but inevitable natural consequences of moving ahead with the production of the economic machine, which must, must keep producing and making a profit. This is measuring the world’s teetering economic balance with the stick of the GDP. Easier said, when you aren’t living directly next to a petroleum or coal based industry that borders your back yard. I can understand his points, and don’t doubt that they are exceedingly accurate in capturing what most businessmen would also be inclined to view as what is of utmost importance: economic strength, military might which protects the hegemony in a world which is heavily dependent on finance. A world of business that mostly responds to the urgency of making a profit and often with short-sighted, short-term goals and not much of an inspiration to think beyond that model.

Yet I believe, as the speakers at the New Economy forum and https://digesthis.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/economist-john-maynard-keynes-vision-of-the-wto/, that there are indeed alternatives.

What if, everyone would grow gardens in their back yards, along with town, community and neighborhood gardens. What if fruit and nut trees were planted everywhere – with plants and crops suitable climatically and geographically to that region – with the surplus going directly back into the community? what if a massive infrastructure for recycling, waste, water run-off and transportation overhauls were created > with the intention to create cleaner, safer, less polluted, ecologically sustainable and more attractive communities. What if there was an overhaul in creating green transportation alternatives; bike lanes, bicycles, hydrogen cell/solar/electric/salt water powered automobiles, maglev high speed train lines, clean and energy efficient interregional train systems.

And that a new expedient United Nations driven unilaterally representative group help to expedite the strategic placement of people all over the world.
What if it actually could be done?