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We tend to put everything in neat little boxes... life or death, illness or wellness, you or me, us or them... As we all know, there's two sides to every coin... and that expression covers all of our life's experiences. Something (or someone) can be, and is, both "good" and "bad". Everything is balanced out by an "opposite" or its polarity in the scale of things. Day and night, wellness and illness, being awake and being asleep, life and death.
Beginnings and endings take place constantly in many forms. This week we are living through the ending of a year, and the beginning of another. It's the death of 2019 and the birth of 2020. We humans often have a hesitancy to speak of death... It's the one thing we aren't comfortable speaking about. Sex, no problem... it is discussed and revealed in its many forms. But death... ah, we have so many euphemisms for it: passed on, resting in peace, departed, gone... But the French have perhaps a different take on it as one of their terms for orgasm is "la petite mort"... the little death.
There are many ways to see the different aspects of our life experience. Just as orgasm is a dying of sorts, isn't sleep a dying, as well? The old day dies as we journey to another dimension or time or whatever your nightly dreams are... And then we are "born anew" the next morning.
So this week, we look at beginnings and endings, at love and death, and at the continuation, or perhaps rebirth, of the journey toward love and oneness. To help us see clearly on our journey, we start off our trek with Alan Cohen and "2020 is the Year of Clear Vision" followed by Will Johnson, author of the book Breathing as Spiritual Practice with this excerpt: "Healing the Separation Between Me and Everything Else".
Another aspect of the two sides of the coin are our feelings and emotions. Sometimes we are happy, sometimes we feel sad or depressed. Sometimes we feel smart, sometimes we feel stupid. Yet all of these extremes are again part of the wholeness of our being. We take a look at "Reaching Out: Helping A Friend Who Seems Depressed" as we may have people around us, perhaps even our own self, going through the various stages of depression.
And through all of these experiences, we have stories we tell ourselves... whether we are happy, sad, smart, stupid... whether we have succeeded or failed, whether we will succeed or fail... even though they are all sides of the same experience. Will Wilkinson asks us to reflect in: "What's Your Story? What Kind Of Story Do You Want It To Be?"
And while we are reflecting on the stories of our life, we may come face-to-face with "the end" of our current journey... a.k.a. death. We bring you two articles dealing with this future we are all inevitably headed for, at some point in the future. Both of these articles offer some very practical "down-to-earth" advice on preparing for closing the door on this planetary journey; "A Place to Rest: Green Cemeteries and Backyard Burials" as well as "Why Bother Making An End of Life Plan?"
Endings, whether of a day, a job, a relationship, a year, a life, are not to be feared. They are a part of life. They are a part of our journey. The more we walk with eyes wide open, the more we can experience the fullness of our life on Planet Earth. Closing ourselves to any realities only stops us from experiencing the fullness of the joy and love that is available for us today and every day.
I wish you a new year full of wonder, of joy, of health, and above all, Love... Love for yourself, love for those close to you, and mostly Love for All. As the song goes: "What the world needs now is Love, sweet Love, no, not just for some, but for Everyone!" (Video with Dionne Warwick) While it may be an old song, it is a powerful message that invites us to fulfill it.
Let us focus our vision on the year 2020 being filled with Love and the healing that accompanies it, for everyone.
Please scroll down for the featured articles in this new issue of InnerSelf, and also the recap of all the articles that were added to the website during the week.
Marie T. Russell
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Written by Alan Cohen
From an early age we were taught to focus on differences, label everything, rank people and objects in order of desirability, and reject everyone and everything that does not get us what we want. What we really want runs far deeper than the judgments we hold.
Written by Will Johnson
It’s as though the egoic mind, for its survival, needs to remain eternally quarantined inside the head, afraid to step outside its domain, afraid to let go and let God. On its inner throne it reigns supreme, but the price we pay for laying claim to this throne, and never leaving it, is that we forfeit our direct participation in God.
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