FEATURES • December 2009
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Live Your Bliss
Resilience: Bouncing Back
• by David Gersten, M.D.
2012: The Great Equalizer
• by Aluna Joy Yaxkin
Top 10 Ways to Green for the Holidays
• by Chris Prelitz
Live Your Bliss
Not for nothing did the Wall Street Journal call Terry Cole-Whittaker “relentlessly upbeat.” Her just-released book Live Your Bliss: Practices that Produce Happiness and Prosperity is once again both upbeat and positive about our world and our individual potential to live in bliss.
After years of teaching metaphysical principles, she discovered something was missing, which led on a new spiritual journey of discovery. The result is this new book with a focus on how to reclaim our blissful nature; how to follow and fully embrace our personal bliss. From focusing on our bliss comes happiness and prosperity.
She is well known to many San Diegans for her highly visible ministry in La Jolla in the 1980s. In her books and hundreds of national television appearances, she has been a steadfast advocate of our power to change our situation and life. Her work continues through her Adventures in Enlightenment foundation. See AdventuresInEnlightenment.com and TerryColeWhittaker.com.
Terry Cole-Whittaker returns to San Diego on Sunday, December 6 to speak and hold a workshop. Details of these appearances follow the following article taken from her new book.
Resilience: Bouncing Back
In stressful times, people respond in a variety of ways. We certainly live in a time where stress is hitting many of us from multiple angles. How well we do in the face of hardship depends on our resilience, our ability to bounce back from stress rather quickly, and to be able to adapt, change, and move on. When you have resilience, you are able to harness inner resources and rebound quickly from a setback, whether it’s an illness, loss of a job, or death of a loved one. Some people bounce back, and others become overwhelmed and fall apart.
Resilience is defined as: 1) the ability to bounce back into shape, or position; 2) the ability to recover strength, spirits, and good health quickly; 3) buoyancy; 4) the ability to remain calm, energized, engaged, focused and purposeful in the face of stressful challenges.
Resilience is a concept that has been studied by medicine and psychology for some time. Those with lower levels of resilience feel overwhelmed, victimized, and turn to unhealthy ways of coping, such as alcohol or drug abuse. Resilience gives you the ability to see a crisis or challenge with a new and broad perspective, and have the ability to see beyond the immediate stress. Resilient people continue to function.
Resilience is not about “toughing it out” or ignoring your feelings. It implies the ability to truly feel your emotions, be aware of your thoughts, and remain in the moment—even when the moment feels like the last place you want to be. It is, however, the only time and place you can ever be. Resilient people do not tend to be loners. When they recognize a problem, or recognize that they’re in real trouble, they reach out for help. Those who tough it out tend to be loners without much social support; they generally don’t reach out to others for help.
We know that in times of crisis or challenge, resilient people are going to do better. That does not mean that less resilient people are doomed. If that were the case, there would be no point in writing this article. Once people understand this issue, they usually know if they are the resilient type or not. Those who need to become more resilient can do a number of things to do just that.
We’ve aleady heard a lot about what the year 2012 will bring. Is it the end times, the destructions of the planet as the comet Nemisis approaches? Or is a beginning? One of the props that supports the idea that things will come to an end is that the ancient Mayan calendar ends in 2012. Aluna Joy Yaxkin is an author, guide and historian who has studied the subject and talked to Mayans. Here is what she has discovered.
“‘The sky is falling, the sky is falling!’ cried Chicken Little.”
Do you remember reading that fairy tale? Boy, I do. Do you remember Saturday afternoons, being mesmerized by the old black and white scary movies that played when we were growing up? I had nightmares about giant spiders taking over the world for years. What were our parents thinking letting us read and watch such things!
Oh — and do you remember those atom bomb drills in school? You know: the ones where the alarm would make you jump out of your skin, while you were being asked to slip under your desk. How dumb I felt crouched under my flimsy, school desk. I knew that if a bomb where to go off any where near my school, I was going to be toast. That school desk was no comfort to me. It didn’t stop me from wishing that my parents would build a bomb shelter in the back yard like everyone else. Hey, I was a little kid back then, and the adults should be keeping us safe, right?
Top 10 Ways to Green
for the Holidays
Care for Creation, Save Some Money, and Get Back
to the True Spirit of Giving from the Heart
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans throw away a million extra tons of garbage each week, including holiday wrapping and packaging. That’s miles of forests felled to make gift wrap that ends as a mountain of trash in landfills, not to mention the financial impact to all of us. Here are my Top 10 ways to help care for creation, save a little cash, and get back to the true spirit of the holidays – giving from the heart.