Contracting and Expanding

Thanks to Gaia blogger Jamie Walters, I found a piece written by New Age guru Deepak Chopra about our natural tendency to contract, like a turtle pulling its limbs into its shell, when a threat appears. We contract, retreating inwardly, and get smaller as a way to protect ourselves from danger.

Commenting on the economic catastrophe we are experiencing, Chopra offers an alternative:

~ "But as the economy contracts, we must resist our natural reflex to contract with it. Instead, we need to do the opposite. Expansion is the best way to survive any crisis. "

Expand in a crisis? That's certainly not what most companies are doing right now, as hundreds of thousands of workers are being laid off so that costs can be cut (and executive bonuses preserved).

He says:

~ "Relationship. Gratitude. Appreciation. Compassion. Mutual regard. Strong social connections. Love you can trust. I don't know why it takes a crisis to bring out those fundamental human qualities. But it often does."

So, while the swelling ranks of the unemployed are tightening their belts, Chopra's wisdom is: Don't tighten your heart, or your mind, or your spirit.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, December 8, 2008

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