Thursday, November 1, 2018

Shinrin Yoku and mental well-being

I was finally able to tear myself away from the nonstop pace of daily work and responsibility to take some vacation time at a meditation retreat.  The focus of this time was to unwind, let go, rest and then from a place of calmness and clarity re-evaluate my life.

A daily walking meditation to appreciate the wonders of Nature, journalling and conversations with God helped me to find what I was hoping to uncover.

The challenge will be keeping this (in my mind) when thrown back into the rat race of duty and multitasking.  Invariably when you deal with other people, their drama can seep into your world experience as well.  Through my study of the Law of Attraction I have learned that it is better to practise meditation to focus on what you want/love/bless than to get frustrated with the opposite and worry about defending yourself from it.  "Energy flows where attention goes"....

I find that mentally wishing others well (even when they're being douchebags) feels best for me.

Get the mind well and the body will follow.  It's no secret that the placebo effect in medicine can be every bit as powerful as pharmaceutical therapy.  And to sum it up, how to live a happy and fulfilling life in the words of Joseph Campbell:  "Follow your bliss".