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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Why States of Continuous Positivity are Unnatural


Being positive all the time is living a false existence. Emotions ebb and flow, they change according to situations, experiences and moods. Few days on planet earth are predictable, the natural world has its hostile elements; volcano’s vent, rain floods, fires rage, drought consumes and storms destroy. Harsh and unpredictable states are true for people as well, making some conversations difficult if equal consideration is not afforded.

Being positive is something to aim for, but if life seems unkind do not put on a happy face to please others. Emotionally intelligent people will soon figure out that the face doesn’t match outgoing words. It takes time to re-emerge after bad experiences, major life changes and weeks of confusion. The smile will come back with a little effort. This is when words of kindness and empathy can be useful.

With so many affirmations on social media, t-shirts, bags, stickers and signs, many feel they should be positive all the time. States of continuous positivity are unnatural to humanity. A teacher might say to a grade prep student who is not behaving, ‘put your happy face on,’ but if the child is not really feeling it how can they? No one should be told what emotions to feel. No one ever said, ‘you are too happy, put your sad face on! Our societies are keyed up to be positive in order to be productive, though no one can stay at this level consistently. Happiness is the objective, providing there is time to work through the situation that caused the downcast emotions.  

Work can be a draining place when your emotional levels are depleted though two or three good co-workers can get you through. They know your generally optomistic sentiments and if you need a day at home. Don’t be brave, get your emotions out! Hiding or storing feelings is not healthy. There is a time for all emotions in the undulating phases of living. Be true to yourself; don’t deny your feelings, stress and anxiety are on the rise.  Everyone feels out of balance from time to time. The path back to positive ground begins with rest and gentle contemplation.

Sharon D Bush
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     

Instagram: THESAGE00 or SACRED_LIVING
Email: the.sage.sb@gmail.com
Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers).


Sunday, 14 May 2017

The Futurist


The future is a sort of unattainable place, the moment you’re there it becomes the present and shortly after the past. Though people are always in the present, their minds spend a great deal of time speculating about future developments or the ideal life. Time is also spends time sifting through relevant past experiences that benefit the present. Its little wonder people have trouble with concentration and focus.

How will the future look, will it be people friendly and can the natural world sustain growing global communities? It is the job of the futurist to contemplate, calculate and create inspired plans that may become a living reality. The futurist is a visionary with an analytical mind for calculations. These are very different places for the mind to congregate; the creative visionary and mathematical analyst would more often be two distinct people. This combination of traits offers a unique outlook.

The futurist could be a scientist, inventor, creative genius or philosopher who is thinking about the world in terms of longevity, sustainability and planning that makes life easier for people, animals and planet. The futurist may forecast a path of devastating results that can be turned around with serious effort. That said a futurist could create plans to build a sustainable town from the ground up, with no existing structures in place. That could be in a country field, near the coast, on an island or space station orbiting the planet.

The futurist has a mind that has very few restrictions. Everyone has that ability, but many take the standard model of living as something that needs no improvement and therefore accept the limits and boundaries of those beliefs. People hold adoration for the great futurist minds across the centuries, while limiting young minds of the present by ushering them into the careers that bring high financial rewards. Are desires for safety and security dulling the potential of young visionaries? Really listen to the inspired voices of the creatives, listen to your own thoughts without dismissing them instantly, everyone has visions of an enhanced future!

Sharon D Bush
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     

Instagram: THESAGE00 or SACRED_LIVING
Email: the.sage.sb@gmail.com
Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers).


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Is Bullying a Learned Behaviour?


Aggression is an abhorrent behaviour when it is used as a weapon to subdue or control others. Over the centuries many have taught the young to fight, manipulate and steal in order to survive, obtain wealth or gain status. The victims of aggression often found themselves in unwinnable situations and moved away from the hostilities, where possible. When situations became too stifling for communities and words of fairness could not be heard, they banned together against tyrannical groups or individuals and war ensued. Those that are corner are forced to defend themselves.Aggression is an abhorrent behaviour when it is used as a weapon to subdue or control others. 

The history of ancestors at war has bought some eras of peace, but at what cost to human emotional development and empathy for others? Children and teenagers learn from the world around them, they know how to fight, verbally abuse, manipulate via stealth, make fun of others, use online deception and tell half the truth. Are these forms of bulling becoming more acceptable? All of this says people can’t be trusted and to a small extent this is true, so how can individuals and humanity evolve past this point of mistrust? Can people rid themselves of this underlying anger or is it some kind of predatory self-protection method?

Who teaches verbal and physical bullying in the school yard; siblings, parents, friends, social media, family trauma, social problems or innate instincts? What chance do children have to become emotionally intelligent unless parents, teachers and role models show them the way? This means helping them with wise words when they hurt others unconsciously, which many parents and carers do, though some new parenting technique have different views. Rough play seems natural enough for small children, but even then someone is left crying. Personal space and respect seems vital in the schoolyard, yet as children learn language they mimic those around them and spout words they barely understand and hurt others. Children aren’t born aggressive, that is a learned behaviour from outside influences. As children reach school age some are naturally shocked by playground behaviour and what they see in the world. Giving children a happy healthy childhood full of wonder and mystery is vital, but how do parents reconcile that with the harsher realities of life?

In leisure time children, teens and adults watch movies and documentaries about the worst mental and physical damage humanity can muster – entertainment is flooded with the balance of good and evil. Gaming is infused with shooting, killing and maiming the enemy to get points so people can move up the social, economic and egotistical ladder. The daily news shows how aggressive humanity is as a species. Trying to create a civilised population is harder than first thought! There seems to be an underlying aggression in some people that can’t make allowances for the differences of others. Since technology allowed people to see each other in their distinctively advantaged and disadvantaged lives war has continue its damaging path.

Children and young adults are taught to rise to the top in study, work, businesses and sport, but if it’s not sustainable and it causes conflict, jealously, disappointment and outward aggression, what is the point! Maybe it is time to teach children individuality, empathy and balance? Give children a chance to thrive without constant competition! Teach them that they don’t have to prove their worth to friends and family. How can anyone learn in an aggressive childhood environments? Ask why society values its winners over joint efforts? Put love before achievement, let them be themselves. Help them to create lasting friendships. Stamp out bullying; evolve as a species!


Sharon D Bush
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     

Instagram: THESAGE00 or SACRED_LIVING
Email: the.sage.sb@gmail.com
Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers). 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Why Travel is an Integral Part of Genetic Inheritance


People have been nomadic for reasons of survival since the earliest tribal groupings. This was highly dependent on food, especially the seasons; early inhabitants where well aware when it was time to move on and gather the next natural harvest. The migration trail is full of ancestors who moved because nature had sudden unforgiving shifts which forced people onward. Archaeologists have discovered hundreds of abandoned villages, towns and cities where rivers suddenly changed direction leaving desert environments. Volcanoes are responsible for covering whole cities or leaving them at the bottom of the oceans. Ice ages forced millions to head for warmer climates and the last one was only twenty thousand years ago. When the ice melted land bridges disappeared leaving some people isolated to islands. It’s no wonder people have such a varied genetic heritage.

When people feel the urge to travel it goes much deeper than it seems, an undeniably part of our genetic Inheritance. When people began to settle into small villages they still had to travel, trade, hunt and gather. Today the situation has changed; people work for income and then buy food that is quite close to housing. As a species humanity needs to stretch its muscles like any other animal, but fewer occupations allow for this kind of physical exercise. So exercise is done before or after the workday or on the weekends. Many plan to take holidays in their weeks off work to travel somewhere different and try new things. It’s almost a necessity and inner calling, especially when the seasons change and senses are alert. People are seekers and they desire to know more about the world.

School camps are a part of this early learning experience along with family holidays, wellness retreats, traveling to conferences and journeys to help the less fortunate. Travel is a natural bonding experience with places and people and not quite the struggle it was for those that came before, but they left a legacy so others could enjoy this wondrous and diverse planet!

Sharon D Bush
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     

Instagram: THESAGE00 or SACRED_LIVING
Email: the.sage.sb@gmail.com
Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers).


Saturday, 11 March 2017

Does Society Value Older People?


People spend their whole lives learning and experiencing, a literal storehouse of knowledge accumulated in just one being. There are billions of people on Earth all with something to share, but is this being passed on as people get older and does society value older people? The young are quick to think they know it all as they travel to adulthood, but could a bit of advice be helpful along the way? Maybe more people should write personal memoir’s for their own sake and the benefit of present and future generations. No one should pass from this life without leaving some small legacy from their wealth of experience.

For millennia there has been shaman, wise woman, philosophers, priests, oracles and mystics in each village, tribe, mob or settlement. As humanity has expanded the size of its towns to towering cities, has sage advice been lost in the rush? Necessity often means employment is away from parents, grandparents and brothers and sisters. This is made harder if couples where born in different towns, though travelling is certainly quicker than it used be. Having close contact with relatives is vital in times of trial, sorrow or great joy. It is important to value the special people that grace our lives whether they are family or not!

Humanity sometimes finds itself in a position of not valuing older people in the workplace; they find it harder to get work than other age groups, though the totally inexperienced are not far behind. Older people have more knowledge from work and life experience than others and many have embraced the new technologies that all must accept in any workplace. All have something to give; from the youngest to the oldest. Appreciate the wisdom around you, speak courteously to strangers and be patient, you never know what you will discover. Know your small village, even if you live in the city. Be helpful when others need small favours. Do you know your neighbours; are there community events where you are needed regardless of age? Good neighbourhoods depend on the people in them. Find a friend or natural mentor within your family or community. Value the subtle or bold wisdom that is offered to you weather it is useful or not. Make your own decisions, but value the sages, orators and diplomat's in your life!


Sharon D Bush
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     

Instagram: THESAGE00 or SACRED_LIVING
Email: the.sage.sb@gmail.com
Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers).


Monday, 16 January 2017

Stepping Back to View Our Place on Earth

   

We are an evolving people with a soul-mind capacity that stretches way beyond our physical body. In our visions of creativity we have no limits. Our daydreams are full of wonderful uplifting beauty that brings endless possibilities. The fear in us restricts, subdues and ridicules our fluid energetic concepts, reducing them to fantasies we all must grow out of. Along with that we have created systems of living where failure to conform to the typical way of life can have you living on the streets.

As we move into a robotic age it is said that creativity will be most highly valued, because most manual occupations will no longer be viable employment. This will move humanity back into a creative emotional compassionate space that is in keeping with our true nature. This will force us to step back and view our place on Earth. Humanity is a species that is shrouded in a mist that prevents clear vision; there are glimpses but never enough real effort on humanity’s part to see clearly. Is this mist a sort of protection from the realities that individuals do not want to face?

This coming of the robotic age brings upheaval and we re-position ourselves and reduced issues of the lazy mind which we created in our efforts to bring ease and comfort. Younger generations where everything has been thoughtfully provided may not reach their full potential as a result. Screens and devices should never overtake the role of parenting. Show them, teach them, and love them; take them into the fresh air, let them run and explore and find the insight and creativity they deserve. Have conversations in open air settings and they will flourish. Influence their creative natures with stories, art, history, science, geography and spirituality. Let them be emotionally intelligent beings that aren’t afraid to see the beauty and problems of life on Earth. Awareness is our greatest friend; from here we can give freedom to the uplifting visions that wander through our minds.

Sharon D Bush
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     

Instagram: THESAGE00 or SACRED_LIVING
Email: the.sage.sb@gmail.com
Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers).

Friday, 25 November 2016

The Age of Entitlement; What do we Really Deserve?

   
Our world is vast and magnificent and many are living stable lives with homes, jobs and education. As technology advances at high speed more products emerge to temp the multitudes. Enticing plans can be found allowing you to take products instantly while paying for them later, which can be a high interest trap for many. Have we become inpatient with our desires, can’t we wait a bit longer for something special, have we reached the age of entitlement! 

People seem intent on instant gratification, they see things that other people have and make efforts to obtain them as soon as possible. We live in luxuriant times; anytime you have food, water, shelter, employment, education, good health and money to spare, you are living a good life. But then again, the more we see the more we want and every advertising agency knows this and will work on your emotions until you hand over your funds. We are stuck in a cycle where want and need are blurring together and this is not helping the youth of today. Leading by example is paramount, raise your children to be sensible adults.

It is reasonable for your first car to be brand new – is it sensible to want a mirror image of someone else’s life – do you need the latest technology the day it reaches the stores? Can something broken be fixed – can you pay something off before you take it home – can you separate want from need – are there more important things to spend your money on? Are you creative enough to try recycling or up-cycling and save your money for more important things? If you are heavily reliant on funds that you don’t earn, be helpful and considerate, money doesn’t fall from the sky, it is earned!

So once again, what do we really deserve and are we expecting too much? Don’t feed your mind fallacies about luxury; remove the brainwashing of your time! Appreciate small everyday things like conversation, sustenance, companionship, creativity, love and the natural beauty of life on Earth.

Sharon D Bush
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     

Instagram: THESAGE00 or SACRED_LIVING
Email: the.sage.sb@gmail.com
Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers).