By Jean Tinder
Published in the August 2015 Shaumbra Magazine
Distractions. Whether loads of fun or full of misery, whether on purpose or unexpected, they all have one thing in common: they’re what we focus on while something bigger is going on. Of course, this isn’t necessarily a problem unless we start giving more importance to the distractions than to what’s actually happening.
In this context, ‘what’s actually happening’ is that most Shaumbra are opening up to our realization. And although our distractions are sometimes enjoyable, when they get too annoying we imagine they’ll evaporate with the dawn of enlightenment. But will they? Human life is a huge distraction in itself, plus our existence on this planet will always involve things like biology and weather and other people, none of which can ever be perfected. So perhaps the key is figuring out how to deal with the distractions and remember what’s really going on.
One of the biggest challenges many of us face is physical discomfort and imbalance. In a way, I suppose it’s to be expected. Not only are we asking our bodies for the unbelievable feat of rewiring every strand of DNA without kicking us out (like rebuilding your house from the ground up while living in it), the vast majority of Shaumbra are also 50-ish and older, which means we’re feeling more residue from this very intense lifetime and less physical resilience to clear it out. It’s hard to feel expansive and free when you’re in pain and, even worse, it’s hard to feel like a Master when you can’t fix it! Continue reading