Saturday, September 15, 2012

Energy Is Everywhere.. Breathe It In!


Sometimes we get so intrigued by the scenery we forget to notice the rock under our feet. We get so busy in our daily lives with work, kids, marriages, dating, bills, etc.. worrying about things that have yet to come. We often forget to slow down, be in the moment; appreciating what is right there in front of us.


Energy is everywhere! Shift your focus to a beautiful and positive view, centering yourself and your focus in the now. Today, I am sharing with you the Poet Knight's true story about paying attention to what is around you.
 
The Poet Knight's True Story...

I don't believe that we have just one “awakening.” I believe that awakenings come to us every day. Some are epiphanies, leaving us breathless; some pass unnoticed, a simple breath. I'm going to tell you about my epiphany in hopes that it might enable you to seek out and notice some of those “little” awakenings that are out there for the taking.

 

I'm a police officer and, as such, I work some pretty rough hours. Anyone who has found themselves working an overnight shift, struggling to keep your eyes open at 2 or 3 in the morning while your body and mind are screaming for sleep will know what I'm talking about. I was going through one such stretch and mentioned to Mama Indigo that I was having trouble staying awake and focusing. She mentioned something she called “Mindful Meditation.” “Focus on your surroundings,” she said, “just concentrate on everything around you.” Willing to try anything, I stopped and, from the passenger seat of my patrol car (I had a trainee driving), focused on some trees lining the roadway...

 

...and each individual tree, each individual leaf, every vein in those leaves jumped into stunning clarity. I could see the miracle of life contained in all of them. I could feel their energy running through me as if I'd been brought into their circuit. The visual impact alone was stunning; the internal sensory input overwhelmed me entirely. It fed my body, my mind, my soul, my Warrior Spirit.

 

I repeated this exercise several times over the following days. Every time I did it, the impact was there; familiar yet, somehow, new. I also noticed that, during this time, many other things snapped into place. I was able to read someone from nearly 2500 miles away, not only sensing which specific part of their back was bothering them, but even picking up on another injury, an old one that hadn't even been mentioned. Everything just MADE SENSE.

 

Go outside. Let the energy of an entire forest surround you as you stare at a single leaf. Let a breeze wash over you as you feel it caress every square inch of your skin. Pick out the voice of a single cricket in a chorus of insects. Become part of the world as you let the world become a part of you. Breathe it in.

 -Story written by The Poet Knight - Cop, poet, man.



Monday, September 3, 2012

Attitude And Perspective Makes All the Difference

Surrounded by negativity?


A lot of people have been coming to me saying, "Oh I just can't take this anymore. I've got so much negativity around me. I'm trying to block it out..." Are you one of them?.. Stop. Listen to yourself. You are complaining about people complaining. Really?!? How do you change it? It starts with your own attitude.

"But it's so hard..." Of course it is difficult. Anything worth doing is going to be a challenge. People tend to see the mirror before they see the person. Most will default to a negative view on things before they see what is true. You are absolutely, unequivocally capable of changing that default setting. And the more you apply a positive view on things, the easier it will become until eventually, it will be just as natural as breathing.



Where to begin... Do NOT allow others bring you down. No one can make you do anything. You always have Free Will. Ultimately, your thoughts, your emotions, your actions... are a result of a choice you made. Make it a positive choice. Your attitude and perspective makes all the difference.

So, you have blocked it out. What are you going to do now? You still have these people around you. May be it is the people you work with, those who live with you or just the general public when you leave your home for errands and such. How do you bring them up? Smiling is always a good start.

Every situation will be different, just as every person is different. Find the funny side of things. Laugh whenever possible. Be kind. Show compassion. You can make a difference. So simply, SMILE and *wink* with a little attitude tell yourself, "I got this."