“Recognition and Reflection”
May 2, 2010 — During the course of a lifetime, we have each known many people. How many? Who? Where? When? For what reason? It is useful, even essential, to see our lives from this larger perspective.
We first get to know the significant caregivers in our lives. Generally, this includes parents, relatives, close family friends, teachers, and school and neighborhood friends. We know them because we come into contact often, and they are associated with our daily lives. This human “awareness” continues throughout most of childhood.
When we leave home, we meet new people. These people are generally associated with our new life activities: job, college, military. They tend to be in our general human awareness until our next stage. Although some of the people from stage 1 continue in our life’s circle of family and friends, most do not.
Generally stage 3 is the time where we bond and mate with one significant person, and find our community may change as some friendships fall away. If there are children, new people may come into our lives as a result of shared activities and interests. Some people continue from stage 1, but their roles may have changed significantly. For example, the parents of the children in stage 1 may now be grandparents. Loyalties have moved from the parents to the significant other or mate, and family. A few relationships will continue from stage 1 and a few from stage 2. However, as shared commonalities diminish, new people replace those who were once close.
State 4 is a time of new activities and focus. Some will retire only to focus on health issues with limitations. Some will retire and “play”: vacationing, playing golf, gardening, or spending time with people who have similar interests. People from stage 1 may take a much smaller role except for lifetime friendships. Family has changed due to the passing of the older generations. Friendships associated with one’s workplace life often scatter to new locations and interests. Stage 4 friendships tend to focus on a few close family and lifetime friendships, and those found who have similar interests. At this stage of life, many choose to give back through volunteer work, and meet people with similar passions and concerns.
Not all relationships are meant for a lifetime. What about your relationships? What stage of life are you currently experiencing? Perhaps it’s time to stop, evaluate all of your relationships, and determine where you find support. Of each relationship, examine: 1) Why it was established; 2) What it means to you today; and 3) Whether it is able to support you in your current stage in life. Ask: “Does this relationships support me? Does it drain me?” It is not essential in most cases to end the relationship, but to let it drift until, or unless, it becomes relevant again.
We need not try to make others remain in relationship. Each has his own journey and lessons. We can let go, and allow each relationship to function as needed. Imagine an invisible cord between you and all with whom you feel deeply connected. Although true relationships may drift for a time, they are always connected. We will come back together if our spiritual journeys intersect. Until that time, we need to release each person with love.
This Meditation is dedicated to life on our Spiritual Journey, in recognition of the need to release, and be released, until our journeys intersect again.
Sue Kidd Shipe, Ph.D.
Please join us in prayer/meditation during the 24 hours of Sunday, May 2, and again the first Sunday of every month. We are in our 14th year of continuous meditation. Forward our Meditation to all in your address book; make copies for your religious and spiritual brochures and bulletins.
New! “Fibromyalgia: Awareness, Advocacy, and Action” is now available online.http://www.humanempowerment.org/fibromyalgia/FibroReport.pdf
We are currently preparing to print another edition of the Fibromyalgia Report as most of the 2000 have been given to patients, physicians, hospitals, complementary therapists, educators, businesses, legislature, and others. We are seeking donations to cover the next printing. We have currently raised $530 toward the approximately $3,500 needed to print 2000 more copies. You have an opportunity to make a big impact in the lives of others! Please donate toward the printing of the new edition of “Fibromyalgia: Awareness, Advocacy, and Action.”
May 10-16, 2010 — Fibromyalgia Awareness Week in New York State
The New York State Assembly and Senate have passed a Resolution for Fibromyalgia Awareness in New York State, May 10-16, 2010. This year the Resolution contains wording about the work of the International Institute For Human Empowerment, Inc. and our Fibromyalgia Report. Watch for it soon on our website at www.humanempowerment.org by selecting “Fibromyalgia”.
May 11, 2010 — Women’s Health Expo, Concourse. New York State Capitol. Visit the Institute’s Fibromyalgia Booth
May 27, 2010 — Presentation to Saratoga Lions (local Club)
September 11, 2010 — “International Unity Day” For more information, go to www.humanempowerment.org and click on the globe Please join us with your own local commemoration and Proclamation!
Nov. 6, 2010 — Saratoga Springs Lions Health Fair (local community only) Institute will sponsor a Fibromyalgia Booth. Watch here for more Fibromyalgia information and events in the coming months! See all of our activities at www.humanempowerment.org and select “Fibromyalgia”
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