For the past several years, special guest John J. Higgins and I have been talking each week about the mind-boggling political and cultural changes we’ve seen happening throughout this country in an attempt to help you understand why it’s so important each and every one of us do our part as citizens to become informed and recognize the clear and present danger before us. We’re living through unprecedented and trying times—the pandemic, the rise of nationalism, an insurrection, systemic racism, gun violence, and the climate crisis—each on its own is enough to cause major stress and fear but together, simultaneously, they have thrown us into a dark chaos unlike anything any of us have experienced in our lifetimes.
While it is important to reveal the people and all the other things that threaten our way of life and our American democracy, it is equally important not to become part of the problem by focusing on those things solely each week. It is time to shift the perspective and focus on how we begin to change the narrative within ourselves and, ultimately, this nation and humanity as a whole.
We are in perilous times and there seems little any of us can do to change things. While we may not have control over what is happening around us, we do have control of what happens within. Every moment of every day we have a chance to begin anew, to make a choice for something better for ourselves. Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl spoke to this when he said, “When we no longer are able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
So where do you begin? Start by focusing on what is good in your life right here and now. Focus on being grateful for what is valuable and meaningful to you. Clinical studies have shown that practicing gratitude is good for your mental and physical health as it can help you relax and see things from a more empowered perspective. The effects of gratitude can also help you stay well not only during the pandemic, but help you retain or regain your health. There’s a reason such sayings as “count your blessings” and “stop and smell the roses” endure…they’re not just clichés but actual activities that can enhance your quality of life.
For example, practicing gratitude can boost your physical health benefits. Medical studies, including those by the American Heart Association, have found that practicing gratitude can improve your immune system, which is especially important during the pandemic. Even those with compromised immune systems have shown improvements when they practice gratitude regularly.
And we don’t have to look far to see we’re in the midst of a mental health crisis in this country—suicides, depression and anxiety are rampant and on the rise. Studies by the National Alliance on Mental Illness have shown that people who practice gratitude have a significantly lower risk for major depression and anxiety disorders as well as much lower risks for substance and alcohol dependence and abuse. Beyond that, the National Institutes of Health have shown people who focus on positive emotions and are grateful have greater ability to cope with stress of all types and set themselves up for success because they have better self-awareness and take better care of themselves.
The beauty of practicing gratitude is that it’s free (and freeing), easy to do, doesn’t require much time or energy, and results begin immediately!
Oh, but you have nothing to be grateful for, right? The cat died, you’re alone and isolated during the pandemic, you’re in a loveless or abusive relationship, you’re facing eviction from your home, you have such-and-such dis-ease and on-and-on. Start small. Get up in the morning and realize that you are still alive with the prospect of a new day before you where all the old ways of the past don’t matter. You are here NOW with a fresh start, a blank canvas. Paint a better picture for yourself. Be thankful you are alive and able to get up and have a new day and start. Shift your focus to the little things you have in your life that you may be taking for granted. When you eat, be mindful, take time to appreciate what you are eating, and eat slowly and savor every bite—not only are you practicing gratitude, but you will also be eating in a much healthier way which has a myriad of health benefits.
At the end of the day as you ready for bed, take a moment to reflect on all the positive things that happened during your day. Research has shown that counting blessings rather than sheep leads to a better night’s sleep which can lead to better health all around. Can’t think of anything? Smile or laugh, either or both will shift things within for the better!
The more you focus on positive moments, the more those positive moments come into focus for you! What you focus on in life is what you get more of, so watch your thoughts as to what you’re bringing into your life!
We are all teachers and students, and we must remember we teach that which we want to learn. Each and every one of us has a choice of experiencing peace or conflict, truth or illusion, love or fear. Love is what’s real–it’s our natural inheritance. Fear, anger, hatred, pain and hurt—all are manufactured in our minds. When you practice gratitude and with it, forgiveness of self and others, you will begin to experience periods of profound peace you never dreamed possible. And even when you have times when you feel upset or fearful, with practice, those times will become much less frequent. You can move from being a victim of the world to accepting responsibility for what you perceive and for the emotions you experience.
The National Alliance on Mental Health has found that people who practice gratitude are more selfless, generous, and helpful to others. They are more likely to offer emotional support and are also more likely to forgive.
If ever there was a time when these traits were needed, it is now, for when the power of Love overcomes the love of power, the world will finally know Peace.
JOIN Barb and John as they discuss Your Choice.
Author, inventor, former musician with The Beach Boys, and developer of the Quantum Code Technology and Sympathetic Resonance Technology, Robert O. Williams, joins the show in the second hour to discuss his book, Love is the Power: One Man’s Journey to Heal the Heart of Humanity.
“When the power of Love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Attributed to Jimi Hendrix.
What happens when we live all emotions, thoughts, and body feelings as love as opposed to just searching for love? We are free to give to others without need or fear. That Love is the Power, and is pure heart consciousness.
But is it possible? Can we actually increase daily our ability to be in that state of Love?
According to Robert O. Williams we can, and he’s found two breathtaking ways to lead us there.
First is his astonishing book, Love is the Power. In the book, Williams takes us into the intimate journey of his life through the vivid memories of his unique childhood, an inspiring account of his talent and perseverance as a saxophone player, his introduction to Transcendental Meditation (TM), his magical time performing and recording with The Beach Boys, and the extraordinary journey through multiple near-death experiences, where he discovers the art of living AS Love. The book is not about the search for love, romantic or otherwise; rather, it is about Being Love.
Second is the outcome of those three decades of searching and research–his discovery and invention of the Quantum Code Technology and the Heart+ App.
Robert will share stories and memories from his childhood and how music would lead him to a decision that would forever change the course of his life. His message, while simple and essential, is invaluable, and will hopefully help move humanity from fear to Love.
Robert O. Williams extraordinary talent playing the saxophone eventually landed him his dream job of touring and recording with The Beach Boys. His search for spirituality would lead him to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Maharishi International University in Iowa and TM. And his near-death experiences would reveal how to bring humanity the gift he discovered to help move all of us from fear to Love.
Robert’s an expert in the study of subtle energy engineering. His research has provided scientific breakthroughs in field-based technologies, consciousness, and human potential. In addition, Robert has also enjoyed success as a musician and educator. He’s taught music at the University level and has recorded and performed with such artists as The Beach Boys, Paul Horn, and Charles Lloyd.
With his book, Love is the Power, Williams spreads his message; and with his Heart+ App he ensures that we can move forward on a better path to be heart-driven humans (www.one08.net).
For more information, visit http://loveisthepower.com.
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