Wednesday, May 7, 2008
I consider myself a pretty "new- age" type of person, but have you ever stopped to think of what it really means? No, it doesn't mean that you are forward thinking, but rather backward thinking, in essence. This is because most or all of what we consider to be "New Age" is really quite ancient, and rooted in practices and cultures that came way before us. It is only in the past thirty years or so that Western culture has come to learn more about these ancient practices that are known as "New Age."
What's New Age about me? Well, having a Mom who is very open- minded and also an Aquarius (a very free- spirited sign), and a Dad who is a Leo (strong- willed independent thinker), I grew up with a broad belief system. I was taught to examine everything around me and come up with my own conclusions rather than "go by the book." Kinda cool, yes, but also confusing...yet very educational. I studied about the Renaissance in Italy (where this pic is from), and it was the best thing I did for myself! I really feel like we're in somewhat of a second Renaissance right now...I say this because we are reexamining history to create a greater awareness in our world in health, spirituality and social issues, and combining it with technology.
Without going too off topic and making this a novel, I've made some worthwhile changes in my lifestyle that are New Age such as:
1- Changing my eating habits to include more whole foods (aka whole veggies & grains, protein and organic foods that are not processed or "boxed"). I feel healthier, more energetic, and happier...plus I lost about 10 lbs without really trying :)
2- I meditate for balance. This is something I thought I'd never, ever do. I'm really "uppity," so it took me a while to get the hang of mediating, but I love it now. It helps me to focus better, it calms me, and allows me to process & acknowledge all that's going on in my life.
3- I give thanks in my own way every day. I guess this kinda goes along with the meditating thing. Whatever your religion (I believe all religions basically mean the same thing), I think it's important to give thanks to Big People Up There (hahaha). Even though I may have a terrible day, I think of the things I'm thankful for all the time to put life into perspective.
4- I live one day at a time...this is tough for me because I'm a "planner." I try to savor every moment as much as I can, because after all...this IS LIFE!
Are you a New- Ager? If so, how? Or...do you think this stuff is NUTS? I'd like to know :-)
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Ok, enough deep stuff...I'm off till next time!
Posted by Graziella B. at 3:52 PM