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Today I'd like to talk to you about 'coming home'.
To get in the mood, let's ask Mel to join us, shall we?
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When returning from a Summer holiday: don't you love the feeling of coming home?
Opening the door, that familiar squeek, finding all the mail on the doormat, greeting your pet?
How green your garden, how much mail!
Reuniting with friends sharing stories?
But how much 'home' can you actually get?
Many people can't truly come 'home' cause they have no 'home'...
Not that they're homeless; they might very well have the most beautiful house, no,
I'm talking about their true 'home': the body/mind/soul that they do not inhabit.
Not connected with their inner world, many people have 'signed out'.
They go through life numbing themselves. Numbing to not have to feel.
Not really knowing what lies deep within them.
Denying their natural state of well-being, they go through like a phantom.
Phantoms have voids that need to be filled.
And the ego mind will come up with very clever ways to do just that.
Basically it could be anything from serious addictions like smoking, alcohol,
drugs to shopping, watching TV, eating, gaming, gossiping, there are so many an subtle ways.
Anything will do.
It brings in clutter & noise and prohibits you to connect with your inner world.
It's a downward facing very addictive spiral.
I think many 'phantom people', on a subconscious level, 'know' their true state.
Filling voids leaves you with nasty nagging sensation.
A feeling, fear, an urge, a call to action,
like background music repeated over and over again.
"come on home, baby now
come on home now, right away
I'm coming home baby real soon"
SO HOW CAN THIS BE?
We are bombarded by imput in the external world: Cell phones ringing, checking your last Facebook messages, Neon signs along the road, TV: All screaming for our attention.
Our modern society is built to pull us outwards.
It's very tempting to 'sign out' and lean back and just slide on out.
But what will you pay?
When you're not at home, you can easily become a puppet for others, loosing the steer in your own life, not knowing what it is that you really want.
WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
I agree with Sir Ken Robinson when he states that the future of our world depends on what is going on within us and that we need to reconnect ourselves with our inner selves.
influences the quality of our lives and with that it has a great impact on the quality of our communities.
Think about the health care costs, sick leaves, the penalty system, all this numbing implies.
Our world is changing so quickly, I don't think there is any more room for signing out.
But change evokes fear. It is a mechanism of our subconscious mind to keep us safe.
However: if we are to face and solve our problems, I think these changes have to come from within every single individual. It's time to come home to ourselves.
You can do it. You are a unique person.
Did you know there has never been and will never be anyone on the planet throughout history that is exactly like you.
That's right. You are unique and special and the world needs to see you.
"Our differences are to be celebrated"
"It's such a shame you ever went away..."
How about you? On the 'phantom-scale' from 1 to 10 how would you score?
How do you -even if it is subtly- numb yourself?
I believe in a way everybody does, even if you're not fully aware...
WHAT TO DO?
What helps me to get grounded & 'come home' is:
SImplify, Declutter, Get creative by letting your imagination run. Move. Sit still. Eat well. Drink water.
Do things that make you feel good. There's so many things you can do
Changes are best made in small increments by adding in the good stuff.
'WHAT GOOD COULD YOU ADD IN TODAY'?
Seek the silence so you can hear the you in you
There are many modalities that can help you with that.
I personally love Moodwalks.
It quits my mind and visualises my thoughts.
See what's really going on inside you and take charge from there.
The slightest change is perception can alter your life.
Take personal responsibility, open your mind, get out of phantom mode and put life back in your hand
It's time to get grounded and come home.
Come on' home baby, now
Do do do
Next time: creative ideas and the jungle
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