These two little guys, and countless more like them, who are just starting out on this awesome adventure that we call life…it is for them that we do what we do, in the hope that in some small way we will do what we can to leave this world a better place than when we found it.
As I sit and reflect upon the past year, and the year ahead, I can really feel just how important a time it is for making key life decisions around respecting, caring for and nurturing our consciousness and mental state.
There have been some dramatic changes in the way we use our minds over the past few years. I spent Christmas Eve with some friends whose son was delighted that last term his whole class switched to using the iPad for all lessons. He was thrilled of course, and they were horrified. It meant that he would no longer have to write anything by hand in his lessons, and perhaps more significantly, his classroom went from being free of wifi emf to having 18 devices sending and receiving all day. He had been complaining of being exhausted and not sleeping but no one had made the connection.
The point is, we are using technology in startling new ways and it is all so new that there are as yet no statistics as to the long term effects of things like constant screen use and emf exposure. I was very interested to hear that Jeremy Vine is dedicating a whole week of his Radio Two show to investigating “The Screen” and its impact upon our lives. I certainly recommend that we all educate ourselves properly. I get a long list of questions from people on this subject so I will write at length in the new year. Maybe check out The Screen mid-mornings next week.
[groups_non_member group=”Registered”]But as we reflect upon the year ahead, and perhaps start to make our new years resolutions, I offer a couple of suggestions:
[groups_member group=”Registered”]But as we reflect upon the year ahead, and perhaps start to make our new years resolutions, I offer a couple of suggestions:
1. Read a book for half an hour before bed. The way we process information is changing so quickly, to the point that we do not spend more than a few seconds snapshotting a web page before moving on. We rarely now stop for long enough to properly imbibe information and reflect deeply upon it. Taking time to read a book at bedtime has two benefits over and above the simple enjoyment of it. Firstly we slow down our brain as we take the time to read properly and become absorbed in the story, and this relaxes a busy mind prior to sleep. And secondly because we can’t get to the end all the time, we add a counter measure to our increasing expectation of instant gratification these days, savouring the journey rather than craving the destination.
2. Get your children to do things that take real concentration and time to complete so that they develop patience and sustained application. This is a very helpful way to start to overcome the tendency to restlessness. Jigsaws, Lego etc.
3. Get outside every day for at least 30 minutes of fresh air. Apart from the obvious benefits of exercise in the fresh air, take a break in Natures energy field so that your own one can reorganise properly from the electrical signals it is constantly exposed to. Get your kids to do it too. The fresh air is as important as the exercise.
So while you are making your own new years resolutions, apart from the obvious; lose weight, get fit; get organised, how about investigating how you might really get mentally fit and healthy this coming year, and discover just how much that will add to the quality of your life. If this is your aspiration, you may be interested in our new online courses which launch on the 23rd January.
As the festive season draws to an end, enjoy yourselves, be happy and make others around you happy. Happy new year to you all.