As I sat in our backyard a few days ago, watching a hummingbird buzz around the lemon tree while I sipped my coffee, I thought about mornings.
When I first entered the personal development space, I kept hearing so much buzz about morning routines. Wake up at 5am. Take an ice bath. Do 100 sprints. Sit. Meditate. Drink a gallon of green juice. Then do 100 gratitudes while you Wim Hof breathe in the shower. Pop your supplements between each breath.
The pressure to conform to this type of morning got exponentially more intense when I started dating a life coach who was up at 5:30am doing all those things.
I would crawl out of bed at 7:30 already feeling like a failure. The shoulds would haunt me and suddenly my spirituality had an assigned to-do list.
For a while, I tried it. And for a while, I hated it.
Now, I just come back to what always felt the best to me. Sipping my morning coffee in silence.
Spirituality is in the simplicity.
Get real quiet. And just be. Drink in the sounds. Breath in the space. Feel what’s in your heart.
If you can sit with that…
If you can be in that…
If you can savor the simple…
You have figured it out.
The one thing I hope everyone gets out of this tragedy, out of this chaos, and out of this quarantine…
It’s that you don’t really need much.
Just space to be with you. To feel yourself closer each day.
My morning coffees are my ode to life.
It is the sacred silence that I tap into so I can hold steady through the chaos of the rest of the day.
I didn’t learn it in an e-course.
I wasn’t prescribed it in a productivity book.
It’s my time to be with me.
It’s my time to be with Spirit.
It’s my time to appreciate the simple things and remind myself that I need nothing except inner peace.
If we just took one hour each morning to feel, to be and to embody our reality…
Instead of trying to shove DOING into it, I think we’d all be a lot happier.
I know I am.
How have you been doing less but connecting more? Comment and let me know.
(Let me clear, I am by no means glazing over the vast tragedy of the pandemic – nor am I advocating to just walk around like nothing is going on. On the contrary, I’m talking about all the other ways in which we have been dying and contributing to other people’s death unknowingly for as long as we have been alive.)
I’ll tell you who is a real threat to our health, our sanity and our livelihood…
I’ll tell you the BIGGER virus that will kill us all…
The pharmaceutical companies who continue to see us as numbers, polluting our bodies with opioids and numbing us with anxiety and sleeping medications instead of taking the time to see us. Our village healer or shaman who would sit and ask questions to get to the root cause of our pain is now substituted with companies that just see money. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, watch The Pharmacist.)
Corporations like Nestle and Monsanto that stand by and allow their actions to peddle unsafe foods to developing countries, drown us in Round-Up, drain the world’s aquifers, devastate the environment and deliberately misinform the public through mislabeling their products while employing child labor and nasty business tactics to kill the livelihood of small farmers. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, watch one of the hundred documentaries on Monsanto.)
Politicians who allow themselves to be puppets to lobbying interests while pretending to be an extension of our voice, permitting policies to pass that continue to protect the 1% and poison the water of the voiceless.
Did you know that US health care companies spent nearly $568 million on lobbying in 2018 alone? This is more than ANY other industry (numbers from The Center for Responsive Politics).
The top TWO killers in the US are heart disease and cancer.
… If you are a nation eating Round-Up and drinking dirty water and Cokes.
… If you are a nation that isn’t educated about the emotional and energetic body, let alone about the importance of nutrition for your health.
… A nation that has such a broken economic system that a huge percentage of its population has no other option than to shop at Dollar General and eat at McDonald’s.
At the same time, Youtube’s CEO announced last week on an interview with CNN that they would be “removing information that is problematic” and “anything that is medically unsubstantiated” like vitamin C and turmeric boosting the immune system.
And yet, a quick search of youtube shows a never-ending list of Zoloft-promoting videos.
Holistic health is empowering.
It allows our bodies to self-regulate and to heal the way they naturally know how to.
Holistic health is problematic for the corporations and the politicians and obviously the pharmaceuticals because we no longer rely on their “quick fix solutions” which means they lose a shit ton of money.
Instead, we use food and intuition and our body’s innate power to heal.
Which means we don’t need to purchase the Zoloft and the opioids and blindly drink the dirty bottled water and buy the face cream to look younger because we drank the shitty water.
If we listen to our bodies, they lose MILLIONS, BILLIONS, TRILLIONS of dollars.
Our connection to our bodies and our intuition is their biggest enemy.
These information platforms are defending the playground bully.
Instead of giving us a platform to choose what we believe, they are feeding us THE TRUTH.
Remember the Inner party with their special relationship to “The Truth” in Orwell’s 1984? Youtube (and other platforms) choosing to police holistic health is a DIRECT policing of our minds and our bodies, and whether they are conscious of it or not, they are keeping us disempowered.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t wear a mask. I’m not arguing whether it’s helpful or not. I’m not suggesting this virus isn’t a massive tragedy and we must be cautious.
I’m saying let’s do that AND let’s also be cautious of the bigger virus.
The one that has been silently killing us through heart disease, cancer, diabetes and suicide.
The one that continues to force-feed us pills, fake truths and irrational fears.
The one that numbs us, poisons us and then sends us to work in a fluorescent-lit office for 12 hours a day so that our only option when we come home is to drink wine, take a sleeping pill and then wake up and do it all again with coffee rushing through our veins all day long.
They are the true hazard to our lives. They should wear a “mask” as they go about their day-to-day peddling of poison.
Reclaim your body.
Reclaim your holistic health.
Reclaim your f**king power.
And stop believing that simply sitting at home and wearing a mask is going to offer you safety.
Because it’s simply an illusion.