The woodpecker pecks on the giant palm.
The sun shines on the pool, it’s calm.
I love the quiet of the morning hours.
The warmth of the sun, it gives me power.
Energy provides strength to us.
It is all we need, that and trust.
The strength we have down deep inside,
the sun brings it out, it cannot hide.
Nature around us wind or breeze,
the flowers bloom large, can’t you see?
Take the energy of the world around.
Deep in your mind, there is no sound.
The energy comes from the outside in,
you know you need it to fight, to win.
To give and receive is the power we hold,
love and energy, more priceless than gold.
Over the last 3 months or so I have been doing a lot of yoga. I started taking classes at my health club and now I am hooked. To go along with the yoga I thought I would try meditation. For my meditation, all I was doing was sitting down and trying to calm my mind and relax. You can imagine my surprise when my meditation turned into motion. I thought I was swaying oddly, but then I realized it was almost rhythmic. I am relaxing my mind, yet now my body wants to move?
I realized that I was feeling an energy, like a wave going through me, when I medidate. It takes less than a minute before I start moving. Why when I want to relax do I have to move? What do I do about the movement? Should I ignore it? Or stop meditating? Or call my doctor because it appears I am having a seizure?
I was wondering if the energy I was feeling move my body had somehow tapped into my mode of vibration. Not that I want to get all technical (my engineering side coming out…) but it made me think of a particular video of the famous Galloping Gertie Tacoma Narrows Bridge and its eventual destruction. Was I going to vibrate so hard that I came apart like the bridge? Surprisingly, I didn’t think the vibration itself was so strange (if you understand electricity it makes sense). But then we were talking about my body and electrical waves and the potential to vibrate too much, so it was a bit worrisome.
After a brief engineering refresher via Wikipedia, it seems that I have stored up potential energy that has decided to transfer from one form to another via…me! All this vibration is just an energy exchange. This was a relief, because I was actually enjoying the benefits of the meditation and I didn’t really want to quit. I am suprised to learn that meditation and my past engineering life crossed paths. Maybe the reason I like meditating so much is because it allows me to practice some engineering. Time for me to get moving, I mean meditating!
Yesterday as part of my job hunt I attended a local nonprofit group event called Southwest Job Network that was held at Temple Chai (yes there are Jewish people in Arizona). There were a number of people there for the new member orientation (those who were newly unemployed or just new to events with this organization.) Right away I felt negative vibes. I was sensing anger and frustration from many of the people. Maybe I am weird because I am so upbeat about everything so it was hard for me to see myself in that place, that place called “negativity-land”. I wondered if this is where I would end up if it took me 9 months or a year to find a new job despite additional education, training, resume rewrites, and interview coaching. I was trying to stay positive in place that at that particular moment seemed overwhelmingly negative, which to be honest is expected when people lose their livelihood and often their identity.
The feeling changed as soon as the guest speaker came in. The speaker at the event, Bill True discussed “Shame-less Self-Promotion”. I really loved his presentation. Anyone who gets the opportunity to see him speak should take the opportunity. I walked away with the idea that people like to ‘volunteer’ versus being told what to do and hiring managers like to hire people who are also selfless. It made complete sense and really goes against so many things being taught to job seekers. Managers are people and they want to hire people. Real people not robots!
From a personal perspective I recognize that I would want to hire the person who would do whatever it takes to make a project successful and not just a person who met all the qualifications. I want the person who would volunteer to clean the bathroom or take out the trash (if those were actual job duties) because the team has to work toward the needs of the greater good . No, not just the company greater good, the team! Team is the family you call co-workers, or something called community. (Hey, as the leader I will also take out the trash!)
I found it strange that I had to lose my job to see the loss in community all around me. I like to believe that every one of us has something to give or something to share. A kind word, assistance with a resume, a job lead, or even helping a person cross the street. Where has chivalry gone? (This isn’t just directed at men, it applies to women too.) The random acts of kindness are rare but cherished. What are you going to do to help someone today?
Why do women obsess so much about looks and weight? I find myself doing the same thing at times, which surprises me. I realized this past year (after putting on some weight) that I wanted to break the cycle. In some cases it is good to be concerned about excessive weight gain, because you don’t want to be unhealthy. Unhealthy can mean ‘weighs too little’, but hopefully most people realize they shouldn’t starve themselves and then run 10 miles a day. Just look at Christian Bale in “The Machinist” If you see this movie, or even just the photos you immediately see the more disgusting side of being too thin. If you see what Christian Bale looks like normally (ladies, you know what I am talking about here) then you also know that ‘thin’ is not really a good thing and having more weight is a lot more appealing.
If you want to worry about looks so much that you end up looking like plastic is that a healthy choice? Is it healthy to obsess and worry that you don’t look good enough? Improving your looks may seem like it makes you feel better, but you only feel better because you ‘think’ you look better. In reality you are trying to fix a confidence problem with improving your looks, when instead you need to work from the inside out. Change the inside and you actually change the outside too.
How many times have you seen a beautiful woman, but she has a sourpuss expression or she appears unhappy? The pretty hair and the tight body are just not enough. What people see is energy. They see your inner glow – your positive radiance. The energy is what draws them to you and makes them want to be around you. Sure, we all want to put our best foot forward (comb our hair, put on clean clothes, or put on a little lipstick). The point is we make the energy, and through it can enhance our looks or attractiveness to others.
Without a complementary combination of energy and looks, you get a fireball (just energy) or a facade (just a shell). Worry only about looks or weight and you end up focussed more on the facade and not enough on your inside energy. What is important is balance and the whole package. The next time you get ready to go out somewhere, think about generating positive internal energy for the same amount of time that you spend getting dressed and fixing your hair. You might be surprised at the results.