Alex Crowe

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How to survive the global emergency

In crisis, meditation, self care, survival on February 8, 2019 at 10:58 am

Think of this as the pre-flight briefing. You know, the bit where they say, “In case of emergency, put the oxygen mask on yourself before helping those next to you. Do not worry if the bag does not inflate, air is flowing”. In other words, make sure you are OK before trying to help other people.

How? You’ll be delighted to hear that it’s effortlessly easy – and something you’ve been doing since the moment you were born. You breathe.

[Don’t be surprised if your thinking mind jumps in here and screams, “THAT’S RIDICULOUS! LOOK AT ALL THE REASONS THAT’S NOT TRUE!” This is completely normal and I’ll explain why in a couple of paragraphs.]

Give yourself 30 seconds to try this now: Take a deep breath and notice the sensations as you breath all the way in, and all the way out. It doesn’t matter what you notice – the feeling inside your nostrils, your chest rising and falling, your stomach moving, the sudden realisation that you can feel your feet on the floor, or hear a noise that’s been going on all the time – any or all of that. What is important is to notice it. To pay attention to it.

The wonderful thing about paying attention to the breath and the body is that your thinking mind calms down. [This is why it objected before. Your thinking mind wants your attention. Unfortunately, it takes that attention and drags you into worrying scenarios that will never happen exactly like you imagine. It wastes your time and causes you unnecessary stress and anxiety. More on all that later.] When the thinking mind calms down, peace breaks out. This peace is always there, hidden by the chaos of usually negative, repetitive, compulsive thinking – like the blue sky obscured by passing clouds.

The trick is to stop the mind. Even a gap of one second is enough to give you some relief. Here’s a sentence that did this for me a few years ago: “Don’t believe everything you think”. These days, I’d go further and say don’t believe anything you think. Written or spoken, whatever appears after “I think…” can be considered personal opinion. Significant, yes. But not the truth.

Back to our global emergency. The oxygen masks have dropped. The pilots, our political leaders, are behind an assault-proof door. Hopefully they’ll figure out how to land the thing safely. But for now, all we can do is put on the oxygen mask and breathe.

Whatever happens, we’ll be OK. It doesn’t matter if you don’t think so (see above). As soon as you start taking care of yourself, noticing your breath, and glimpsing the peace that exists between and beyond thought, you will see for yourself.

 

PS I will also talk about copywriting on this blog. But for the moment, this is more important.

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