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The Getting of Wisdom

“What would a wise man or woman do?”    

As a moment by moment practice, I love this suggestion made at the philosophy class I attend. 

“Wisdom” was on our discussion agenda recently. What are the qualities of wisdom, we asked, what is wisdom? Among our responses were: “acting with integrity”, “acting from a deeper connection to [Insert your higher power of preference]”, “having a balanced view“, “clarity of intention”, “the ability to act” and “assertiveness”.

Most of all, we decided, the getting of wisdom comes from gathering and examining life experiences, and integrating and applying the outcome of our learnings.

This idea has been offered by sages and philosophers for centuries.

The unexamined life is not worth living – Socrates

It’s not what happens to you that matters, but how you respond – Epictetus

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom – Aristotle

I never lose. I either win or learn – Nelson Mandela

We discussed how there must be varying levels of wisdom then too, as we grow in our awareness and openness to learn from life’s challenges. 

I particularly enjoyed Susan’s story:

“I got up early and was about to go out and thought of my husband lying in bed still asleep and the question just popped into my head, ‘What would a wise woman do?’.  So I went and gave him a kiss. He just made a funny noise and stayed sleeping. I thought he might have reacted differently and was a little disappointed, but then I realised the question had moved me to an act of love.”

What a gentle way to inspire ourselves to live more thoughtfully, don’t you think? 

Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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R U Woke?

“Are you woke?”

Because our teens need to know. Their future is at stake.

It’s a question doing the rounds of their vernacular, assures Mum-of-teens and counsellor Sarah. If you are thinking of doing, or are practising yoga, being “woke” is definitely on your agenda.

So what does it mean? Digital trends monitor BuzzFeed says to be “woke” is “to challenge problematic norms and injustices through complete awareness”.  But Sarah and I agree this welcome question carries deeper import.

To be woke is to raise your consciousness, to strive for my three favourite ‘S’s:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-responsibility
  • Self-mastery.

The time is now. Goodness knows, the world needs more light workers, that is, people committed to raising their consciousness as world service. 

Astrologically, we are at the dawn of the “woke” Age, the Age of Aquarius, which began in 2011-ish (astrologers argue the dates but generally speaking, an Age spans 2000 years). The Aquarian Age is about developing the leader within, cultivating and employing our innate wisdom.

Yes! That is why there is yoga on every street corner. It’s why organised religions struggle to recruit, yet individual spirituality continues to grow. It’s why the internet came into being now, in order to support consensus and true democracy, giving voice to millions. Think of the social action campaigns such as Change.org and crowd funding.

Before Aquarius, the Age of Pisces (0 AD to 2011-ish) gave us strong leadership to get things done. It coincided with the birth of Jesus Christ and included other great leaders such as Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Ghandi, as well as ignominious ones, Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin Dada, Pol Pot, Saddham Hussein. The Piscean Age created hierarchies of power. But as Aquarius began her approach, the great institutes and powerbases began to fall: the stock market, the housing market, corporations, banks, dictatorships, outdated approaches …

The world now asks us to connect and chart progress through our innate wisdom that is governed by love and benevolent will.

The upshot? Get some yoga into you 😉 Make 2018 the year you start a home practice.

Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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Morphic Resonance – The Global Power Behind Mindful Moments

My lovely friend is forging a brilliant career. Yet her highly paid and influential job leaves her exhausted and feeling unsettled. She is a rising star but is not sure if she is on the right trajectory. The higher up the corporate ladder she climbs, the wider her sphere of influence, and she has excellent influence to offer, being a grounded, sensitive, complex, highly intelligent  and wise woman. But is this going to come at too great a cost to her health and equanimity?

We laughed at my quietly harboured desire to work in a supermarket.  (Close, I’ve just spent 20 months in a bakery).  Instead of consciously creating this circumstance for myself, I waited until in work crisis to make the leap, as is my habit. 

The gift from my time at the bakery was to find purpose in the simple act of serving bread to customers who were practiced in cursory transactions. For those who were willing, we turned that momentary exchange into a moment of connection. 

Connection buoys and uplifts. And each time this happened, the customer had an option to pay forward the good will. So many retail assistants had done this for me over the years. But could I do it…  smile, converse, connect without needing any other motivation or reward (especially financial)? And if this were all I did for the rest of my days, would it be enough.

Yes! It would. 

Decades of striving and turning myself inside out to ‘achieve’ ultimately taught me that those ‘highlights’ are my least significant legacy.

Many of us sense that it is our smallest actions, done with integrity and mindful care that matter most. But they really can change the world. 

The scientific explanation for this profound butterfly effect is morphic resonance, and this article explores it in wonderful depth.

So, you have the power to change the world one tiny significant act at time. What will yours be today … a smile, a moment of patience, a kind word?

 

Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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