Gem of the Week: What Condition is YOUR Condition in?
What Condition is YOUR Condition in?
The simple lyric, "What condition is my condition in," randomly (Or was it?) popped in my head recently from nowhere. This happens to me from time to time. When it does, I search online for the remaining lyrics because usually it inspires my next Gem of the Week. I found that the song, Just Dropped In, (To see what condition my condition was in), supposedly put Kenny Rogers on the map.
After reading the lyrics, I actually felt dizzy from its context. I reread them a couple times to try to make heads or tales from it. Unbeknownst to me, "It was written as a song about junkies." No wonder I felt what I'd imagine to be a bad acid trip. It became a big hit after sung by Kenny Rogers accompanied by a psychedelic video on The Smothers Brothers television show in 1968. Somewhat disappointed, I concluded that there was no inspiration for my Gem of the Week from this song. Yet, I couldn't get "What condition is my condition in" out of my mind; sooooo... here we go: What condition is YOUR condition in?
We are all influenced, to one degree or another, by our past conditioning; especially conditioning from our childhood. A matter of fact, prior to the age seven, we have very little ability to use discernment. What we hear, see, or experience repeatedly is deeply imprinted into our hearts as the truth. These truths or beliefs (often false) about ourselves and the world we live in can remain with us our entire lives. Unfortunately, some are not so positive. Many people are on auto-pilot living their lives based on their past conditioning. They go through life simply reacting without awareness to their patterns that give them the same ole, same ole. Our conditioning and beliefs greatly effect us emotionally, physically and mentally.
The Institute of Heart Math has scientifically proven that the heart, not the brain, is the most powerful neural-network within the body. Its electrode-magnetic field is 5,000 times greater than that of the brain. The heart is literally communicating with the brain in every given moment of the day. It is the first organ developed in the human body and has an intelligence all of its own. The heart is also constantly pulsating out and affecting the environment.
"Coherence between our hearts and our brains is the ultimate state of being in experiencing overall emotional, physical, and mental health," states the Institute of Heart Math. Most of us already know in our hearts this to be true and have no need for the science of it. Yet, do we really know how powerful our hearts are?
The ultimate question you must ask yourself is what old conditioning and beliefs are you holding in your heart that are governing your life and affecting the whole? The ones that promote harmony, joy, peace and love are guaranteed to be truth and establish coherence. All others are perpetuated nonsense that keep us conflicted and confused and affect our health and the world in negative ways. "Simply contemplating compassion and gratitude increases heart and brain coherence," states Institute of Heart Math. And may I add, practicing self-compassion is a must!
Don't worry if you have no idea how to start self-compassion. Trust me, it can be learned. Take it from someone who had self-criticism down to a fine science - moi! Start small. It's like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it gets. Be kind to yourself rather than judgmental. Ask yourself two questions: How would I treat a friend who is going through the same thing or feeling the same way? What do I need right now? Then treat yourself accordingly.
What condition is YOUR condition in? Is it loving, accepting, non-judgmental, forgiving, compassionate, and kind? Or is it full of criticism, rejection, judgment, non-forgiveness, and grievances? Either for yourself or others?
No matter what your past conditioning consists of or the current condition your condition is in, the truth of the matter is: Your birthright is love! Love heals all wounds and is the most powerful force of all. Spend time daily opening your heart to God's love. Place your hands on your heart, focus there, breathe deeply into it until you feeeeeeel love from the tip of your head to the tips of your toes. You are worthy of love. You are deserving of love. Period.
Copyright, Denna J. Shelton, 2018
Enjoy "I AM Love" video sample from my "TwentyGems, Journey to the Self" meditation series. The beautiful hues of pink in this mesmerizing graphic animation opens your mind and heart to the Love you truly are.
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