Listen to nature and to yourselves to bring more balance and good health into your life
Ric Edelman: Every week here on the program, we get a visit by my wife, Jean. It's everybody's favorite segment of the program. Jean's a student of the Healing Arts, Reiki, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, and, of course, macrobiotic and plant-based cooking. Here's Jean.
Jean Edelman: Hello. Wonderful to be here. How well do we listen? When we're with our family, our spouse how well are we listening? Can we empty our mind enough to be there for them? This is hard at times. We tend to get so busy, so much going on that at times, another person's thoughts and needs, well, we have no capacity for them because we have so much going on in our own head. To the point where we can't even hear the words that they're speaking. And so I don't wish to tackle that today. I wish to switch over and talk about nature. Listening to nature...it is so much more fun, so much more interesting. I was walking my dog Hoshi to the other day, and I whistle for her whenever I want her to come over to me. And I noticed that there was a little bird chirping in the nearby trees. And so when the bird chirped four times, I whistled four times, and then the bird changed to two chirps and three chirps, and I was copying it. And so for a few moments it was like totally cool. I was talking to this bird and the trees. So my action item for you is when we're out walking, how many sounds can we hear? What can we identify? How many different birds? Maybe you're hearing lawnmowers or somebody doing work in their yard. There's so many sounds if we just tune to what's outside there.
Jean Edelman: So another fun thing is that I was out walking and there was a sound that I could not identify. And I stood there. I was walking by a river and I stood there and listen and I was like, wow, I've never heard this before. And so, you know what it ended up being? Frogs. Yeah, frogs. They sounded like aliens. It was a warm day and they were coming out of their winter slumber. So this is the beauty of nature. When we can stop and listen and get out of our head and be in a whole different world. And for me - that day, it was the frogs, it was the chirping bird. Now, we may not think that this is a type of listening that is especially important, but if we want balance and good health in our life, we need to do that type of listening. We're not meant to be so terribly busy that we cannot hear another person's words. The only way to help us is to go out in nature and listen. We need to empty our vessel so that we can be there for the people in our lives. That is what is important. If we find ourselves arguing or raising our voice, stop - before we say something we can't take back and go outside for a walk, move around, breathe, clear our head. Listen to what nature has to offer so we can release and provide space and capacity for those we love.
Jean Edelman: And so here's something else that's fun. I found out this week that I have a listener and he tries to figure out my word of the week. And so this is for Connor. And Connor, my word of the week is...can you guess it? It's going to be FROGS.
The F is for faith
Faith in ourselves and nature, our family and friends. We need each other. We need to be available for each other.
R is for real
We need to get real quiet and figure ourselves out so that we can be a good listener and be there for our family and friends. The time is now; this is all we have. To fill it with stuff and projects and deadlines, well, that only brings us further away from what really matters. And balance is the key.
O is for outside
It is our best friend. It heals all. Nature listens and gives us answers we need, and it doesn't judge.
And G is for gaily
Doing something happily. How much of our day are we doing something happily? I'm probably guessing it's not 100%. Could it be 25%? I hope so. The S is for serene, calm, untroubled. That's how it feels when we're walking in nature and listening to the frogs. We get one chance at life; one body to care for; one family to interact with. Let's make the most of our moments together! Have a wonderful week, everyone.
Ric Edelman: That was Jean Edelman here on The Truth About Your Future. If you want to get more of Jean's words of the week, just go to TheTruthAYF.com.