We Are Microcosms of Earth and of the Universe, Therefore We Must Learn From Nature.
As I type this blog post, people from the coconut-growing province of Albay in Bicol Region, on the large island of Luzon in the Philippines, are on alert that an active Mayon volcano is hours from erupting. This very natural event occurs when molten rock, which forms below the earth's surface, escapes through openings in earth's upper layers, forming gases and heat, that after building enough pressure and accumulating enough lava, explode to the surface. Many islands were formed this way, and since they are located on one of these hot spots, there is always the threat of more eruptions.
We Must Deal with Our Sore Areas and Sensitivities to Prevent Catastrophes!
Perhaps there is something erupting below the surface of your life. You are able to hold it together for family, coworkers, friends, etc., but deep down inside it has turned from a simmer to a boil and is threatening to release. Single parenthood, difficult relationships and financial issues represent the molten lava in our lives, and as it breaks through to the surface, it promises to spew out on all those that are in close proximity to us. Sometimes we lose it and let someone have it, and that's okay, but most times we must DEAL with these issues before they explode onto others.
Erupting Volcanoes Are Natural Occurrences, but What Can We Do to Prevent Too Many Future Eruptions!
Notice I did not say ALL eruptions because a good temper tantrum every now and then is par for the course when it comes to life. However, if there is an overall since of emotional malaise that never seems to go away, this is an indication that we have to do something more to calm the roaring seas of our lives. These changes are not easy, but do-able:
1. Be sure to have a support system if you are rearing children or partnering with someone to run a family because in these days and times, this responsibility is no joke. A 12-24 hour break is better than nothing.
2. Do not covet what your neighbor has. It's been said that the age of social media makes us all want to compete with each other regarding who has the best life, and keeping up with the Jones has gone to a new level as we document our holiday celebrations, children's proms, meals, outfits of the day, etc.! Don't ever think your life is not as good as someone else's because of a picture you saw on Twitter. Make the most of what you have, and if you're happy with it, who cares what others think?
3. Allow people their beingness. So your partner comes home and seems a bit distant. You found out that (s)he liked another woman's Facebook photo and all of a sudden you have envisioned a full-fledged affair, which as a result will boot you out of his/her life! So not true. You have got to understand that not only your partner, but you also are very likely to encounter other attractive human beings amongst the 7.4 billion of us, and things will still end up being perfectly okay.
4. Get to know yourself so that you can plan your breaks accordingly. Each one of us has different cycles and desires so one person's time off may be spent alone where someone else will choose to surround themselves with friends and/or family. Know what is best for you and plan outings or sacred moments where you can get back to your TRUE self. The earlier you let people know what you require, the easier it is for them to accept you for who you really are.
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