Millennial Affect

14 12 2014

IMG_5739I declare a new dawn for mental health and I have become a fan of the millennial generation. I wholeheartedly cheer and admire them for many reasons:

On a personal level when I began my organic mental health journey, such words were never combined. The medical professionals at the time, authoritatively said medications or else, I have since organically lived out and or thru most if not all of their dire predictions.

I’m now a little past the middle of the pack in the workforce. Established, nothing to prove, enjoying my job etc. I’ve been given the opportunity to begin mentoring millennial’s in the workplace and I got to say it’s a real joy! When I entered the workplace, after adopting many strange ideas of spirituality, it was a typical older generation judgmental non-supportive etc.

After first hand experience witnessing how a majority of the millennial’s are as individuals; how they interact with each other, their level of integrity, I’ve got to say it’s impressive.

Another level I see is, Great Hope, for people experiencing mental health opportunities because one of the first phrases I paid attention to from millennials was when I began hearing, no judgment, wow! and it’s true.

In the midst of a crazy day, who knows what was going on inside or outside of me I’m coping with details the best I can at times, and I’m pretty hardened to the fact that the world I come from, the culture that I grew up in, and have lived a majority of my adult life, judgment was standard. I knew I was crazy outside of the box etc. yet I still was bound and determined to function, however I could, regardless of how crazy I looked and felt, because I was going to make my way in this world organically no matter what.

Hiding my “crazy”, and spiritual solutions to crazy, has been a primary society survival method. Here come the millennials, I don’t feel judgment, I don’t feel a lot of drama, I feel calmer in their presence, then I’ve ever felt with the generation that trained me. What a relief!

It’s funny, I’ve been immersed in spiritual new age culture for 25+ years, and yet my experience with coworkers under 35, and this is why i’m such a huge fan of them, I learn spirituality from them every shift, in an industrial workplace .

When I began in the workplace, a spiritual approach to mental health and coworkers, YEAH RIGHT. Yet, I adapted, learned, and became good friends, and as my mentors retire, I am relieved to know that I’ll be working with millennials, and can’t wait to see what their kids are like, until I retire.

I’m excited and relieved from my position in our evolving culture, we really are getting better at dealing with mental health, I can really see a day where we will get to bipolar order, bipolar awareness, bipolar celebration, I am extremely grateful for this and I am a millennial fan.

Thank God for all the younger spiritual gurus in our lives, we need them!





Relaxed Opportunities

13 12 2014

IMG_5638I used to have huge dry mark boards that covered the walls in my office. Over the years something surprising has happened. The boards get smaller and smaller. I’m not sure if it’s my attention span has shrunk even more or if I’ve gotten more focused or what, but it seems to work. I’ll journal all the rabble thats on my brain but then I get a little bit realistic about what am I most likely actually to do today and then I make that the core focus of the day. I let all the other tasks worry about themselves. I have a very small dry mark board on my fridge to write whatever IT is. It’s usually either that which I am most anxious about getting done so I can calm down a bit, or most excited about accomplishing next. Whatever I feel is the current soul thread. I usually get it done. Here is the twist, instead of having huge dry mark boards, long to do lists, and tons of extra worry or anxiety, I have a small focus, and along the way opportunities present themselves to get a lot of the less important tasks completed. If I don’t pressure my brain to get it all done all the time, it’s amazing how much I can flow thru with less worry, and be present for moments like this one.





Living Out of Darkness

11 12 2014

Every time I go screaming into the dark night away from bipolar, ritualistically burn another copy of my book, and avoid any blogging. Something strange always happens, last night I came home and of all the thousands of tracks coming out of my speakers, was the current draft of my book audio, I was

IMG_5621 dumbfounded. It was an old phone which I thought I had deleted the audio draft out of disgust and yet I found myself sitting down quietly listening.(Damn this guy is good and he’s talking about bipolar) (maybe i should try some of this shit)Here’s the deal about bipolar, it sucks I love it, and good grief trying to explain it to anyone who doesn’t experience it. So today I logged on to Twitter and searched bipolar and it’s amazing how many people are out there just like me dealing with this mental opportunity and I’m grateful that no matter how alone and crazy I feel at times, I am always grateful when I take the time to reach out and discover others dealing with this experience however we’re currently choosing to deal with it. The bottom line for me is yeah bipolar can be dangerous for myself and others but there’s also a lot of us out here working really hard to create healthy awareness and DIY organic mental health breadcrumbs. If your struggling with your mental gifts today, like I am, you are not alone. When we get thru this moment, I’ll bet we are going to create a little bit of healthy chaos and laughter.

Go Team!
George

 





Honk a bit

9 12 2014

IMG_5537Get some fish. If organic mental health is an ongoing opportunity for you, sometimes we just need to honk a bit. Let me fill in a few blanks, I’ve been digging into my favorite spiritual author and teacher Alan Cohen‘s writing lately. I came across Why Peacocks Honk Feb 14 from,
A Daily Dose of Sanity. Alan summed up his article with; how might you reinterpret your awkward or unkind acts as a call for love? How might you reinterpret the awkward or unkind acts of others as a call for love.

It’s winter. It’s peak silly season it’s high opportunity time to struggle with our mental gifts or dig in a bit, seek, find, shift into a deeper truth. I haven’t struggled much with coworkers in a while, yet it appears my ego doesn’t want to play nice in the sandbox with a new person on the job site. I find myself slipping into old mental behaviors that never served well in previous situations. So I figure maybe I just need to honk a bit, obviously this coworkers behaviors are a call for love and obviously my anger is a call for love so if I give myself permission to honk(however uncomfortably) and attempt to sit down for a chat, maybe we can skip the usual dramas.

May deeper truths free up our dance with loved ones and coworkers, this season.








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