2003-07-04 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

by Marilyn Gelfand
The Inner Voice by Marilyn Gelfand

It’s summertime again! As I walked along Gateway beaches, I was so glad to see all the baby clam beds as usual at this time of the year. After all the mountains of dead clams piled up this winter, it seemed as though death had taken over. No new life could possibly make up for all that death. But now time has moved on, and I don’t see the mountains of white clamshells or smell the terrible odor of decay, but instead can enjoy the new life carrying out its growth as usual.

Time has an amazing way of moving us from tragedy to normalcy or vice versa. It’s said that life is like a pendulum swinging from high to low and back again. As we step back from some of our own personal tragedies, we can look and watch ourselves going through the motions of life, and take things with an attitude that acknowledges, "that this too shall pass. It is very difficult to remember to be in control of our thoughts and emotions. We can use them as guideposts, and then release them and fill up on our own choice of peace and balance. We are not taught in school that control of our inner energy is important for health or well-being. It is slowly coming out these days that there is a mind body connection. The more peace we choose to experience, the more balanced we feel mentally and physically. Sometimes we don’t even realize how much stress we are in. We may have a big event or change of life, like job termination, and on the surface we can say we are handling it. But on a deeper level, we may find we are having nightmares or a desire to sleep.

However, you get yourself "through" something, it is important to not get stuck. With phrases like "I’m moving on" or "I’m praying for divine order" some people get relief from being locked in the present moment. Some people slam the door on the past or do housework or jog on a physical level to remove stress. Whatever works for each person is the key. We have to remember that the pendulum will be swinging again.

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