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The knight in the rusty armor

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The knight was caught in his armor, because after years without taking it off, it had rusted.

At last he tried to take it from her, but he did not know how. Have you ever felt suffocated by a situation, that even if you try to get out of it, you get caught? Have you felt that you have lost yourself through time and do not know how to be who you were before? Or even, have you forgotten who you used to be?

Through a metaphorical story, Robert Fisher shows us the conflict that many of us experience in our lives. Sometimes we cling to negative stimuli that have taken us away from the important things in life, or we focus on them forgetting our essence.

There are times when we can feel completely alone and lost, but Fisher shows us that with the help of others, we can find our way inside. The process to heal is not quick or easy, because we can find ourselves facing dragons or entering the Castle of Silence where we are overwhelmed by loneliness. Maybe we find ourselves talking with a voice that claims to be our inner self , or we are about to lose our sanity, because the road to happiness brings many barriers. However, we must face those fears and let ourselves be guided by those who know the way. We must allow ourselves to heal, and be happy.

My Mom Had Many Problems

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He had been gaining weight and losing hair. She did not sleep, she bit her nails and her teeth screeched. She was irritable, grumpy and bitter, until one day, suddenly, she changed.

The situation was the same, but she was different.
One day, my dad told him:

– Old woman, I’ve been looking for a job for three months and I have not found anything, I’m going to have a few beers with the panas ”
My mom answered:

– Okay, you’re going to find beer.
My brother told him:

– Mom, I’m going bad in all the subjects of the University …
My mom answered:

– Okay, you will recover, and if you do not, you repeat the semester, but you pay the registration fee.
My sister told him:

– Mom, I hit the car.
My mom answered:

– Okay, take her to the workshop, look for how to pay and while they fix it, get on the bus, taxi, bus or subway.
His daughter-in-law told him:

– Mother-in-law, I come to spend a few months with you.
My mom answered:

– Okay, sit back in the lounge chair and look for some blankets in the closet.

Everyone in my mom’s house we met worried to see these reactions, we suspected that he had gone to the doctor and to prescribe some pills of “MeimportaUnCarajo” 1000 mg “. Surely he would also be ingesting an overdose. We proposed then to make an “intervention” to my mom to get her away from any possible addiction she had towards some anti-tantrum medication. But what was not the surprise, when we all gathered around her, and my mom explained to us:

“It took me a long time to realize that everyone is responsible for their life, it took me years to discover that my anguish, my mortification, my depression, my anger, my insomnia, my stress and my prayers, did not solve their problems but aggravated mine. I am not responsible for the actions of others, but I am responsible for the reactions I express to that. Therefore, I came to the conclusion that my duty to myself is to keep calm and let everyone solve what is his due.

I have taken courses in yoga, meditation, miracles, human development, mental hygiene, vibration and neurolinguistic programming, and in all of them, I found a common denominator: finally all lead to the same point. And I can only have interference with myself, you have all the necessary resources to solve your own lives. I can only give you my advice if they ask me, and it is up to you to follow it or not.

So, from now on, I cease to be the receptacle of his responsibilities, the bag of his sins, the laundress of his remorse, the lawyer of his faults, the wall of his laments, the depository of his duties, the resolves of your problems, or your spare tire to fulfill your responsibilities. From now on I declare to all independent and self-sufficient adults. “Everyone in my mom’s house was speechless.

From that day the family began to work better, because everyone in the house knows exactly what is theirs.

The 12 steps

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Undoubtedly we have all heard of The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, but most of us do not know what they are and what they consist of.

The Twelve Steps incorporate a program created in the United States in 1935 by William Wilson and Robert Smith. Initially, the program was only used to treat alcoholism, but its use has expanded to all addictions. Based on medicine and spirituality, it has proven its efficiency and has left a great mark on the world.

We share the famous “Twelve Steps” …

The 12 Steps

  1. “We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol (or any other addictive behavior), and that our lives had become unmanageable.”
  2. “We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”
  3. “We decided to put our wills and our lives into the care of God, as we conceived it.”
  4. “Without fear we did a thorough moral inventory of ourselves.”
  5. “We admit before God, before ourselves, and before another human being, the exact nature of our defects.”
  6. “We were entirely willing to let God free us from our shortcomings.”
  7. “We humbly asked him to free us from our faults.”
  8. “We made a list of all those people we had offended and were willing to repair the damage we caused them.”
  9. “We directly repaired as much as possible the damage caused, except when doing so was detrimental to them or to others.”
  10. “We continued to do our personal inventory and when we were wrong we admitted it immediately.”
  11. “We seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we conceive him, asking him only to let us know his will for us and give us the strength to fulfill it.”
  12. “Having obtained a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we try to carry the message to the alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

And you, what do you think about addiction?

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And what do you think about addiction?

After asking people around the world through social networks, more than 120 people told us what came to mind when they heard the word ADDICTION. This cloud of words (in Figure 1) is a compilation of what different people think, with different nationalities, crianzas, professions and values. The more times a word was mentioned, the greater is reflected in the cloud.

Reflect about addiction and the opinion of others. Do you find your definition in the cloud or will you have another meaning?

(Figure 1)

In what way do you see things?

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In what way do you see things?                                                                           

Vision is a magnificent ability. It seems very easy to see something through the eyes, but the process is much more complicated. Our brain works quickly through cells that communicate with each other, to process the world around us. By being able to perceive color, depth and movement, we can build complete images. Hermann von Helmholtz proposed that vision is the result of unconscious inferences, that is, assumptions and conclusions based on previous experiences. Analyze the images in Figure 1. What do you see?

From left to right:

  • Two faces facing each other or a vase?
  • A young woman or an old woman?
  • A glass of water half full or half empty?
  • A skull or a couple having dinner?
  • An old couple or two people singing?
  • Is the man facing or sideways?
  • A rabbit or a duck?
  • Is the woman flying?
  • A frog or a horse?
  • Are the men flying or are they standing on the floor?
  • Straight or crooked lines?
  • People or columns?
  • Is the cat going up or down?

THE WORLD CAN BE SEEN IN DIFFERENT WAYS. YOU CHOOSE HOW TO LOOK AT IT!

The world is a mirror that reflects the image of the observer” William W. Thackerry

Spiritual Beings

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At the deepest level, we are spiritual beings; that is why no material object can satisfy us completely. We can have all kinds of material comfort and be surrounded by beauty, but until we nourish our spiritual selves , we will remain hungry.