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What if we lived forever? Would we still create?

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Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mahatma Gandhi

We are moved by lost time. We are moved by birthdays, funerals and by transition steps like weddings, which start something new and end something forever: things will never be the same as before. We are moved by new people coming into this world: by “mini-me”-s, because we know we’re going to die one day and hopefully they will remain. Creativity comes from emotions that shake us up. Would we still create if we were to live forever?

Carpe diem can only be practiced when you know your time is limited… You want to use all the resources that you have before it’s too late… experience all the things you dream of… bucket lists and stuff… Otherwise you get bored with life. You take things for granted. Everyday life becomes uninteresting.

If you were to live forever, would you create? Or, would you just consume instead, and swim in the luxury of infinity? Only because we’re mortals, we want to save every moment, leave something, express our feelings of longing… of missing something… of lost time… We want to take pictures and preserve memories in a form of postcards and letters because one day everything will be gone. And these things may remain. Not any of the events that triggered them. Not even us.

Is art a way to show us what we miss? The nature, the softness, the essence that sometimes is hidden in our everyday life? Is it a way to understand our world, see the invisible, think the unthinkable and… leave it for others? Is it a way to cross the mundane, to find ourselves in a new space?

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
- Pablo Picasso

Art asks more questions than it answers. And maybe it should. It’s easy to go through life overwhelmed by urgent things to do all the time. This is a kind of anaesthetic we are used to living on – busyness. It makes us run when we really could stop for a second and listen. That’s where art gets created. In the mental space of this second of listening. To the world. Inside and outside.

So, coming back to our question, what would happen if we lived forever? Would we ever stop and contemplate the temporary nature of our existence? Would we ever take risks? Or would we succumb to the overflowing time for everything we want to do and just… live? Live and procrastinate? Because when time is unlimited, procrastination also can be… What do you think?

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Invisible. About the thread that has the power to change you.

Maybe?

What’s invisible for you, might not seem the same thing for somebody else. People come and go. Every person is here to teach us something, to point at something, to show the way… If only we listened.

What is invisible for me, is not invisible for you. That’s why I want to meet you. To explore what our two beings have got in common, or not, and to walk out from the encounter changed. Because this is what matters. This is what this life brings us – an opportunity to grow, to learn from every encounter on our way, because every single person on our way knows something that we don’t. An opportunity to learn. Or not.

Then there is karma – if you don’t learn something, don’t work on something that is invisible, then you would have to do that same thing again. To relive that situation over and over again until you finally listen. Listen to that ‘Psst’ sound of your intuition that is telling you to stop, telling you to make changes, telling you to be. To listen to yourself. And grow. You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. (Abraham Lincoln) Yeah? Yeah.

Almost nothing important that ever happens to you happens because you engineer it. Destiny has no beeper; destiny always leans trenchcoated out of an alley with some sort of Psst that you usually can’t even hear because you’re in such a rush to or from something important you’ve tried to engineer.

- David Foster Wallace

Sometimes you don’t even know your potential. You don’t even know you’re capable of transformation. It may come quiet. It may not come at all. Or you may not even see it. Invisible.

Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.

- The Little Prince

Sometimes you just know something is about to happen. As if all the signs everywhere are pointing to the right direction, then you see the 14:14 numbers everywhere (or something similar that only you would understand), and you know you’re on to something. It’s not about making a decision. It’s about going with the flow.

Life’ s flow can be unexpected. It can be nothing you’ve ever wanted to experience. Yet it may change a lot of patterns that you’ve been repeating and repeating and repeating. You’re never going to control this process. It somehow is going outside of the scope of your rational mind. Some things are just meant to happen.

With the risk of sounding ‘invisible’, and unclear, let me tell you one thing. If you listen to your intuition, over and over again, keep breathing in and out and really listen to that silent voice, you’re gonna experience that invisible thread that is going to lead you on to amazing things that you haven’t even dreamt of. Guaranteed. It only takes one invisible gaze inward. And the journey is on. Enjoy!

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EARTH(L)ING. How to tap into the Earth’s healing power

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Have you ever had that feeling that when you go out into nature, the troubles that were on your mind before are not that stressful anymore, or sometimes they completely vanish? Even sitting on grass in a park at lunchtime or after a hard day can replenish our energy, relax us or cheer us up. Do you know what exactly is happening?

I have recently encountered (both theoretically and practically) something that certain authors call ‘Earthing’ – the Earth’s natural power to energise your body. According to Clinton Ober, author of the book called Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!, walking barefoot on natural surfaces like grass, sand or plain dirt is a very natural thing, practiced by people for centuries and there are reasons why. The electric field of the Earth, with its subtly pulsating frequencies, has a significant impact on human body. Free electrons from the ground can make your body’s self-healing and self-regulating mechanisms work better. Electrons are the source of antioxidant power, he says, and they can neutralise free radicals in your body. The free radicals would otherwise cause oxidation reactions, taking electrons from healthy tissue, damaging cells and potentially causing inflammation. Therefore it might be advisable to just have a walk outside, or sit with your shoeless and sockless feet on the ground, and wait for the results.

According to C. Ober, going barefoot in nature for 40 minutes can bring the results like reduction or elimination of chronic pain, improved sleep, normalisation of the body’s biological rhythms, reduced muscle tension and headaches, acceleration of healing of injuries and many more. You can find the whole list in the Summer 2014 issue of Mind Body Spirit Magazine. The author claims to have recovered from years of chronic back pain in this way.

Simple solutions can bring remarkable results. Clinton Ober even says that walking barefoot on concrete can bring some results. But not on asphalt, glass or other surfaces created by humans.

If you’re still unsure whether to give it a try, there is a nice article by a biomedical professional, Dr Jon Briffa, called Earthing – important discovery or mumbo-jumbo?, giving some more references, research and his personal experience on the subject…

Practicing Earthing briefly for just two days has made me feel relaxed, connected to my body, and it made my mind a bit clearer. It has relieved my headache and made me feel rejuvenated. This may be because the pace of nature is much slower to the usually busy lives a lot of us live nowadays… More to come if I dedicate some time to do this on a regular basis (this is the plan)… Because when you do it,

you look, feel and sleep better. You have more energy and less pain. It’s Mother Earth’s gift to all of us.

(quote from Clinton Ober’s article entitled EARTHING: Tapping into Mother Earth’s Remarkable Healing Power, Mind Body Spirit Magazine, Summer 2014, page 18 -> you can read it on paper or on your iPhone/iPad using this app)

Take good care and enjoy your barefoot walk!

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