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by Ariel Riveros – director of MoodCreative health agency
"I am a human being - nothing human is alien to me." – Terence (195 –159 BC)
What we’re told, the accelerated flow of information everyday from many channels has long been part of the contemporary world.
Work can be its own joy in that 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration way. Being productive is part of the day’s wonder and we then reflect on our positive achievements – our happiness.
Happiness is more than a smile. Happiness goes beyond appearances to a deeper contact with vitality and appreciation of fundamental personal and social tastes, cultures, and community togetherness. Working together but say you’re self-employed?
Then it’s equally important to reach out! Social media is the online forum of the relationships that are real yet are played out on the virtual stage of the Internet. We should be aware that the outside world sometimes misses us! Even the phone call, the warmth of a voice, becomes time for coffee and the catch up you've been meaning to make.
And it’s all about creating, production, achievements – yet simple communication, politeness, remembering the smaller details we forget in busy lives. These details though are big to our closest and nearest. We can forget that not everyone is on the Internet or that people prefer different ways of simply communicating – some of our elders still make time for a letter - the old world charm and protocol of our parents and grandparent's world.
We may laugh at snail mail yet that too was an intimate way of the world. Love letters, holiday postcards, simple greetings and relating the good news and perhaps some of those harder things that the exposed online world might never appreciate.
I may be an artist, a popular scientist, a partner to my love, a protector – a heart and mind. These virtues make good life. Being mindful makes more time for those valuable moments between challenges and the little victories. Developing sensory skill, our cognitive faculties develops our emotions in an integral health.
Wisdom would counsel the touchstone of humility too. We’re all imperfect. We work on our good life, our health and cultivating a breadth of beauty around us. We grow. No pain no gain is another message we hear very much. Maybe we can imagine we can rephrase with positive words for the ear of others and our own voices.
Maybe positive revision of pain is organic health - a health borne of nature and earth.
Our world is joining between art, science and the wisdom of ages. Being human is a balancing act – at times we’re masters, at times, we’re lost, through time itself though we develop resilience and generosity of spirit. These are the pathways known today and in our antiquity.
Modern health communications tells us many things. These cultivate good life and the transaction of days. It’s a wiggly line, we commonly know! Ranging the neuroscience of imperfection to the Dalai Lama’s global peace initiative – it’s the acceptance of our amazing moving limits and humble humanity. This is a paradox to this day for the poet and the scientific researcher alike.
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