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Reality Is An Illusion, Albeit A Pretty Persistent One….

So said Albert Einstein and this is a point worth making, especially if you start feeling that things are getting on top of you. Take a deep breath and consider for a moment how you, and you alone, can change your reality, how you perceive your reality and hence how you live your reality.

It was this article that reminded me of this universal truth, I like the way she relates this back to a trapped bird, that way we have, particularly in times of stress, of – well – banging away at the problem rather than stepping back and considering it, looking for the opportunities, changing our ‘experience’ perspective.

Anyway, this is easier said than done when you are indeed ‘stuck’ in a bad place. Knowing this is in your head does not always help – so resorting to a few helpful little tricks to re-gain clarity is what is needed.

I always find dipping into a good transformational book helpful, and I mean dip, pick it up and open at random and see what insightful message is there for you.

Fresh air… go out, walk, run, cycle, shuffle, whatever it takes to fill your lungs with new air. And don’t let the weather become an excuse, too hot, too wet, too icy…. never mind… sometimes taking a stomp in the worst conditions is enough to get the blood coursing and that sense of gratitude you get when returning to your cosy home is priceless.

Of course lifting your mood would not be complete if I did not suggest some good quality essential oils to re-energise your space. Sprinkle pure lemon oil around the house before going out and banging the door. When you come back you will experience the lift only lemon oil can give – a real zing. I go for earthy tones if walking in the forest – frankincense is deep and powerful like walking through a cathedral, sandalwood also has that woody, supporting quality, and both are excellent aids for mediation. Blended essential oils are extremely powerful too, to help sleep, to restore, to help focus, to release pent-up frustration….

Back to the topic of meditation, a good walk helps to clear the head when just sitting in one spot trying to clear the clutter is not doing it for you…

If you would like to know my current favourite inspirational, transformational reading list ping me an email….



9 thoughts on “Reality Is An Illusion, Albeit A Pretty Persistent One….

  1. Good post. When you’re feeling down, get up and do something!

    Posted by almondhead | May 8, 2013, 3:02 PM
  2. Excellent point to get out and get some fresh air. I did this just moments ago as today has been a “funk” for me… took my pups out in the sunshine and I’m still trucking along!

    Posted by Catching Happy | May 9, 2013, 12:24 AM
  3. Thanks for the follow…. keep on keepin’ on 🙂

    Posted by Be Well And Happy | May 9, 2013, 12:36 AM
  4. One reason I can’t handle big city life anymore (have lived in Toronto, Vancouver, Berlin, Chicago and Tokyo) is how difficult it can be to find fresh air and a bit of space. To be honest, after living in Tokyo, the other cities don’t seem so ‘big’ and wouldn’t bother me as much.

    Anyway, now I’ve situated myself in a small village in rural, northern Japan. I’m not a countryside guy on a mental/intellectual level, so the ‘smallness’ of rural life can wear on me a bit, but I love the air, the trees, the stars at night, the chance to have a massive veggie patch.

    But back to what you were writing about going for a walk: I highly recommend it, on a daily basis, but I, personally, can’t just walk most of the time. For me, it’s gotta be running. That really sets me mind free of any vicious trappings, i.e., repetitive/cyclical negative thinking.

    Having said that, point me to a mountain and I’ll gladly walk up/down/along it for hours on end! Backpacking in the mountains, be fully emersed in nature has always provided me with much needed solace over the years.

    Posted by workingwithwords | June 5, 2013, 3:55 PM
    • This is why I like Brussels, all the luxuries of a cosmopolitan city without the negative aspects. Affordable rents, not too crowded, with lots of parks and green spaces, including a forest.

      Posted by D.J. Haswell | June 6, 2013, 8:00 PM
      • I’ve been quickly to Brugge. Beautiful. My mom did a study abroad there when she was young.

        I’d take many a European city any day. So many of the countries love their green spaces, and that’s very cool and very important to me!

        Posted by workingwithwords | June 11, 2013, 4:31 PM

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