How To Fix It…What’s In Your Toolbox?

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A friend, whom I love, currently suffers from an outbreak of rage.
He asks his friends how they deal with the existential gloom that occasionally arises.
We recognize that we have problems, personally.
Difficulty in absorbing and processing the perpetual news cycle.
Outrage at events and situations we have zero control to change.
Despair? Hopelessness?
This calls for a set of tools and a practice of usage of the right tool for the job.
My toolbox currently hold three books that I rotate daily to read for perspective:
ZEN FLESH, ZEN BONES, Marcus Aurelius’ MEDITATIONS, and Sun Tzu’s THE ART OF WAR.
Just a few passages or pages to start my day before I fill up with cerebral junk.
I’m also studying Jung and Campbell’s work on archetypes.
I sit and do a gratitude inventory, frequently. I incorporate breath work into my body stretching, aka, hillbilly yoga.
I meditate.
But my combat tactic to effect change…
I try to be kind at all times, kind to family, kind to friends, kind to strangers, kind on social media.
I initiate social interaction with strangers with eye contact and a smile and/or nod.
I firmly believe these small acts move the needle forward, slowly, but progressively.
Tell us, what’s in your toolbox?

 

About orangeacorn

We are, I believe, and everything is, in perpetual unfolding/enfolding/evolving. By surface appearances, we're in turmoil and fearfullness, but in fact our existence is on the edge of a new way, beyond the US versus THEM we have grown with. I encourage you to join me over coffee or tea in face-to-face encounters. I call this exercise, "CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers." I'm a Columbus, Ohio husband, father and citizen. I practice string band sounds from the ridges of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, the vortex of the ancient drone.
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