Category Archives: Emotional Health

The Sound of Silence

GETTING AWAY FROM IT ALL

In February 1968, the Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India to attend an advanced Transcendental Meditation training session at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This much-publicized event was instrumental in introducing meditation to the western world.  The approximately 7 weeks spent in India was the most productive in the Beatles’ tenure.  John Lennon said,  “We wrote about thirty new songs between us. Paul must have done about a dozen. George says he’s got six, and I wrote fifteen”.

It would be hard to argue that the environment had little to do with the Beatles’ productivity. Getting away from the clamor of normal life can open avenues of creativity and productivity in each of us.

A QUIET PLACE

Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist. He records the sounds of nature all over the world. In a recent interview with Krista Tippett on her radio program, “On Being”, he warns that silence is becoming a rare commodity. It wasn’t long ago that keeping earth’s waters clean was not all that important, and being able to see the stars was not something that should concern us. Today, when those things are nearly gone, we see the importance of them. Now we are in danger of losing silence.

Silence is not the absence of sound, but rather the absence of noise. A forest can be silent even with the chirping of birds and the rustling of leaves, but noise is something different. We are awash in noise everyday. From cars on the highway, to the beeping of a smart phone, noise is a part of our lives. When we are surrounded by noise our minds are being pulled in many directions. Noise makes it difficult to concentrate, to control our thoughts, or to simply rest our minds in meditation.

Meditation is an important part of our physical, emotional and spiritual health.  The Lord has counseled us to not run faster than we have strength. When we are bombarded by noise, our minds are running faster than they have strength. When we turn off the noise and rest our minds in meditation, we are able to “let the solemnities of eternity rest upon [our] minds.” (Doctrine and Covenants 43:34) Meditation clears our minds and welcomes insight and inspiration.

President David O. McKay said, “We don’t take sufficient time to meditate. It’s a great thing to be responsive to the whisperings of the Spirit and we know that when these whisperings come it is a gift and our privilege to have them. They come when we are relaxed and not under pressure of appointments.”

Take 60 seconds right now and listen to the birds in the Sacred Grove as you watch this video of sunrise on the Joseph Smith farm.

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Finding Peace

Finding peace can sometimes feel like an elusive butterfly. We see it. We know what it looks like. It seems within reach, but when we get close it moves away…not far away, but just out of reach.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.”

If nobody but you can bring you peace, doesn’t it stand to reason that nobody but you can take peace away?

5 THINGS WE DO THAT INHIBIT PEACE
1. REGRET

We all have things in our past that we should have done differently, or perhaps not done at all. We cannot change the past; we can only change the way we deal with it. If we fret over mistakes, we hinder our ability to improve and move forward. You can’t start a new chapter of your life if you keep re-reading old ones.

2. EXCUSES AND NEGATIVITY

Often when we dwell on old mistakes and live in regret, those regrets turn into excuses. They can become excuses for continued poor behavior, or they might become excuses for not being the person you want to be.

Benjamin Franklin said: “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”

When we are busy making excuses, we take precious time away from making a life.

3. RESISTANCE TO CHANGE

Living in the past can ingrain in us a resistance to change. We start to feel comfortable in the familiarity of regret, regardless of how truly uncomfortable that past may be. When we accept that things will change, and better yet, when we embrace change we can set aside regrets and excuses and move forward improving everyday.

4. EXPECTING YOUR LIFE TO BE PAIN FREE

When we hold onto regret and wallow in the pain of the past it can make us gun shy about trying new things. The painful memories of past mistakes can become a warning flare keeping us from venturing into what might be an exciting and fulfilling future. When we expect life to be pain free, we tiptoe rather than dance. On the other hand, when we accept the fact that life can be painful, but rewarding, we accept the difficulties as lessons learned and wisdom gained.

5. THE BELIEF THAT THE INITIAL GOAL IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OUTCOME

Sometimes things don’t work out the way we planned. To be honest, things rarely work out the way we planned. Have you ever been on a journey, a holiday, or vacation and gotten lost? You were heading to see a particular site and you took a wrong turn and found yourself miles away from where you were heading. If you kept your nose in your map and complained and regretted the wrong turn, you missed out on an unexpected scenic wonder. However, if you kept your head up and looked around you found you had wandered into something wonderfully exciting. Life can take wrong turns. But often those turns are “wrong turns” only because they were not according to plan. More often than not, those turns, when seen in a positive light, can be the beginning of an entirely new and thrilling journey.

If we start down the road believing that the original goal is the only acceptable outcome, we will likely be disappointed. And sadly, we may find ourselves regretting the “wrong turns” that could be the start of a wonderful new adventure.

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QUOTES ABOUT PEACE

“Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” –Virginia Woolf

“Let us so live that the spirit of our religion will live within us, then we have peace, joy, happiness and contentment, which makes for pleasant fathers, pleasant mothers, pleasant children, pleasant households, neighbors, communities and cities. That is worth living for, and I do think that the Latter-day Saints ought to strive for this.” – Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 15:135

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This article was originally published on MormonMediaNetwork.com in 2014

Fill My Cup with Conscious Living – Segment 1 of 4

In this episode of “Mormon Tea”, Lori talks with Vicki Talmage, a survivor of health challenges and personal tragedy. Vicki consciously chooses and inspires LIFE! (Audio 24:43)

Find this episode’s Raw Food Menu and Vicki’s recipes here, along with additional information about how you can reclaim health, love and joy!

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Humor — Nature’s Best Medicine

Mormons are hilarious . . . sometimes even intentionally.

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio” Caleb Warnock talks with Janiel Miller about her book, “Mormons Say (and do) the Darndest Things”. (Audio 28:53)

You can find Janiel’s book here on Mormon Hippie.

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A Little Help for a Joyous Holiday Season

  1. SEE THE LIGHT — With the sun coming up later and going down earlier, it’s possible to go days without seeing it. Make sure to get out during the day and get some sun light.
  1. TAKE A HIKE…OR AT LEAST A WALK — Your brain loves the rhythm of walking. It decreases anxiety and can improve sleep.
  1. HAVE A “ME” DAY — We do an awuful lot for others during the holidays and sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. Schedule a day for YOU. Spend the day doing something YOU want to do. It’s not selfish; after all, you can’t do for others if you don’t first take care of yourself.
  1. EASE UP ON THE SUGAR — Holiday sweets can send your body on an emotional roller-coaster. Sugar is a stimulant and can create high and lows. If you have too much the lows can get lower and last longer each time.
  1. LAUGH — Laughing reduces stress hormones, and that can boost your immune system.
  1. FORGET PERFECTION — Studies have shown the world will not end if all the plates on your holiday table don’t match. Most holiday stress is brought on by ourselves.
  1. GO TECH-FREE — Turn of your gadgets during social gatherings. It allows you to enjoy what’s going on without wondering what ELSE is going on.

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