Cultivated Distractions

“Our current climate of uncertainty is a gateway into global unity consciousness”

--Matt Kahn

We are living in challenging times. There is no normal any more. I hope to go back to normal, but doubt it’s possible. When I think ahead, I don’t know what to think. It’s a dangerous area to venture into as there are no pat answers.

According to Matt Kahn in an interview in Authority Magazine,

“COVID is giving humanity an opportunity to release engrained patterns of fear in the collective unconscious.” I have to include climate change, racial injustice and more.
“In a modern-day reality where the fulfillment of many human desires are just one keyboard click away, we have been ushered into a new phase of evolution, where despite what we personally want and insist must be delivered into our reality, each and every person is having to set aside attachments to outcome to serve the immediate needs of their families and communities at large.”

A therapist once suggested I play solitaire as a means of controlling my anxiety. Playing a game of solitaire focuses my mind and allows me to have control over what I am doing. It eases my nervous system and pulls me into the present. I find comfort in it.

I’ve tried other games but some are so addictive they take over my brain. I need a game that helps me focus and when I finish with it, I’m not craving for more but feel ready to engage with life again.

Focusing my mind helps me stay in the moment. Using my creativity helps me stay in the moment. Practicing gratitude helps me stay in the moment. The list can go on.

Staying in the moment is the key to managing anxiety and stress. Mindfulness means creating an intention, giving it full attention with no judgment allowed.

Mindfulness helps to control “the vibration of fear, which often shows up as FOMO or the fear of missing out” which continues the loop of fear as a contagion spreading throughout the body into everything and everyone around us. Hence the collective unconscious.

Matt Kahn goes on to say in the interview,

“Since anxiousness just needs to be heard instead of rescued, creativity remains one of our most essential tools of transformation, which is always available to all, even for those who insist they don’t have a creative bone in their body.”

He lists five steps we can take to support ourselves or others. Here are his steps along with my thoughts:

  1. "Anxiousness just wants to be heard, not rescued.” Using a journal to express your inner thoughts is a way to be heard.

  2. "Uncertainty inspires the inner artist.” Follow your desires to express yourself in your medium of choice.

  3. “Self-Love is the compassionate parent anxiousness yearns for.” Listen to what you feel. Loving yourself is the key to fulfillment in everything around you.

  4. “Generosity transforms both the giver and the receiver.” – Help