We tend to become aware of a problem when it has already begun to manifest symptoms. It is rare for one to be aware of the various “signs” leading up to a shift in the critical mass
in our personality or our body or mind.
First what is a critical mass shift? Well, as I understand it, basically it’s that last piece of straw that breaks the camel’s back.
How does that apply to us and our health? Again simply put, it’s the balance between tension and relaxation. When the scales weigh one way, that implies a shift in the balance (or critical mass). Then we have a homeostatic (“homeostasis”: Greek for balanced health and peace of mind) imbalance.
And one day you wake up and as you are having breakfast you have a stroke, or a heart attack, or you bend over to tie your shoe laces and “your back gives out”, or you start running a high fever overnight and for no apparent reason. Or you go for your annual check up and you are diagnosed with cancer. “Out of the blue! I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I’m a vegan, and I work out three times a week. How can I have cancer?”
Or: “I am happily married, got a great job, two wonderful kids. What do you mean “nervous breakdown”?
Or: “How could he possibly be leaving me? We are such a no problem couple!”
Sorry for going overboard there. I just want to point out that we are seldom “present” when the inevitable signs start flashing out warnings. We become so involved in ourselves and our world and our cause, that we have actually become “time jumpers”: we’re in the past-with our thoughts and memories and regrets and guilt or in the future with worries, expectations and hopes. Unless we are in love. Ah, miracle of miracles! Suddenly, we are aware of the ticking of the clock, the buzzing of the bees, the clouds floating gracefully, the beauty all around us and this bliss coming from inside. Like a friend of mine says: “when I’m in love it’s a state of constant awareness of the Now” And he continues: “All day long I’m aware of Her to the point that I don’t even want to eat, and at night I’m aware of Her, because I can’t sleep on an empty stomach!”
We also experience similar symptoms when we are ill. So preoccupied are we by our fever, runny nose, going to the loo every ten minutes or popping pills every hour that we are constantly in the present.
The warning signs, telling us to look out, are always in the present “real time world”. If you happen to be “out for lunch” when they start flashing, you miss the cue. And then It will come as a surprise.
Not being present means that you are in your mind and seriously involved and affected by whatever is going on in your mind on a twenty four–seven basis.
Don’t take my word for it. Try this: Tomorrow start writing down the most prevalent thoughts throughout the day. Then categorize your thoughts in two columns: 1. Positive (leaving a good feeling) and 2. Negative (leaving you heavy or upset or at a loss). If you come out with more positive than negative you shouldn’t be reading this. You’re fine!
Otherwise, follow me. I’ve got good news for you!
You are suffering from the infamous “Swat” syndrome. Stress,Worry,Anxiety,Tension. (No, that’s not the good news. The good news is that there are effective, easy, free and long lasting methods to rid you of this accursed Syndrome. And although you have probably “been there, done that”, why not bear with me just in case you have missed a few important details. Ok?