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The Time is Upon Us

The Time is Upon UsbyAaron Hoopes

There has been a lot of speculation as to what is going to occur during the winter solstice of 2012. The ancient Mayans determined it was the end of their long count calendar. The Vedic texts tell of the end of the Kali Yuga, or great age. Experts in cosmology say the Earth will come into alignment with the galactic center. Some assume it is the end of the world. Others believe it is the beginning of a new one. It could be just about anything from the next step in evolution to the extinction of the human race. This is not a disaster movie, but without your conscious attention it ends the same way.

The time has come to notice what is going on. Everyone has heard a lot of talk about climate change. Most people can understand the basic concept of overpopulation. It is quite easy to realize the consequences of the diminishing natural resources of the planet. Some people even have heard of the gyre, a giant whirlpool of plastic in the Northern Pacific ocean the size of Texas. And let’s not even get started on the financial nightmare that threatens to crash the world economy. These are all symptoms of a world gone astray. In the past few years these things have all come into sharper focus for a lot of people. At the very least people must have some awareness of the rising cost of food and energy. Unlimited growth is impossible on a finite planet.

Unfortunately the most common result of this growing understanding is a sense of increasing stress and worry in daily life over events that we have no control over. This stress impacts us at every level. We react to it in a number of different ways. One of the most common ways is choosing to remain oblivious to the changes by concentrating on all of the stuff we have created in our society to distract us from what is important. This is not helpful.

The truth is that we are living in a precarious interconnected society that has the potential to collapse at any time. The longer we continue to distract our attention from these issues the quicker we travel headlong over the cliff. The time has come to pay attention. In order to carry on our existence we need to prepare ourselves for change; dramatic, society-encompassing, life-altering change.

The Hopi elders likened this time to a great river that is now flowing very fast. Since it is rushing swiftly there are many who may be afraid and will try to hold onto the shore. They feel as if they will suffer and drown in the torrent. The elders said that we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. It is a time to notice who is in there with you and celebrate the sacredness of the world

Fundamentally, preparing for change is about preparing the self. Of course our body needs to able to respond to whatever challenges come before us. This is why we practice our physical arts and strive to maintain a healthy diet. Our mind also needs to be sharp in order to deal with whatever situation we are confronted with. This is why we cultivate mindfulness and clarity through the meditative arts. But it is our spiritual awakening that is going to bring us through the coming changes. We are no longer able to live the way we have been living on this earth. The civilization that replaces this one is going to have to have a different set of values and a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of all things. Spiritual realization is upon us. At this time in history we must reconnect to the sacred.

The time is upon us. Gather with like-minded people, share your knowledge and wisdom, strengthen your attitude and willpower, nourish your body, calm your mind, open your heart….honor your spiritual nature.

About the author:
Aaron Hoopes is the founder of Zen Yoga, a blend of tai chi, qigong and yoga. He has studied martial arts, tai chi and yoga for over 28 years. He is the author of 5 books, a dvd series and a deep relaxation cd. website:


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Sally Joyce - May 15th 2010 01:08:18 PM
Thank you for these words of wisdom. I pray that many take heed of the advice.

Sally Joyce - May 22nd 2010 06:31:43 AM
Sally, thanks for your comment and to help spread the message.

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