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The Wellness Beat: Are We TECHing Our Way To Despair?


As a psychotherapist and interfaith minister, my specialty is helping clients uncover a state of deep well-being, and most importantly, one that is deeper and more reliable than the likability of their current circumstances.  

Ironically, deep well-being is not a state we need to create but rather one that we need to rediscover within ourselves.  It is a state of being that is here when we are born and is indeed always here, and yet it is a state that we lose touch with as we "grow up."  

Sadly, we are taught to believe that well-being lives outside of us, in other people and other things.  In truth, well-being is always inside us, patiently awaiting our own attention.  Deep well-being comes from being able to meet this moment, as it is, even as it is constantly changing.  Well-being means being able to ask "what is here?" rather than to demand that this moment give us something that we want.  The often overlooked fact however is that we need to spend time nurturing and nourishing our inherent well-being.  Simply put, we need to pay attention to our own well-being.  Well-being will not fall out of a tree and into our lap.  We need to practice returning home, to what is right here, right now, in this moment.  When we focus on what is here, we find the state of being which is eternally okay, content and well.  We find ourselves.
 
Setting out into the world as an investigator of well-being, I have begun to examine our current culture and ask: What in our society is eroding our attention to and relationship with this deeper sense of well-being?  What is obstructing our access to the well-being within us, deterring us from our inherent spiritual, emotional, and physical health.  What are the poisons to our state of deep well-being?  And what are the nutrients, those elements that reacquaint us with how well we really are?  This question brings me (quickly) to a discussion of technology...
Posted 10/13/2011  2:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 38 comments   9,071 views
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