A Better Way

I keep trying to stop eating earlier in the day, but then I can’t fall asleep until the wee hours of the morning like 4 am because I’m hungry. So I’ve decided to compromise and have a snack closer to bedtime. I feel like my body is a bratty baby, lol. I stubbornly keep thinking I can force it to adjust to what I want it to do (even when I’ve tried before and failed) when sometimes the body knows better than I what’s best for it. So I keep trying to find a happy medium by experimenting to see what works best.

I like starting off with small changes first, then keep adding healthier habits gradually, that way it’s not so overwhelming. Eventually, I get into a basic routine and it’s easy to maintain, kind of like daily hygiene and maintenance, it just becomes part of your day. Playing guitar, dancing and drawing are now part of my daily routine after about 5 days I’m in the groove of these new daily practices, it’s so much fun!

We’re avidly watching The Vow NXIVM, it’s fascinating. I’m seeing how we can easily get sucked in, brainwashed, and manipulated. I don’t believe anyone is totally immune to mind control techniques. Just look at our society, how people are irrationally blindly committed to their politics or religion, and how people are believing in conspiracy theories and propaganda. Look at how religious zealotry and persecution have traumatized and shaped our world. What about dictators and cults of personality. We as a whole can be manipulated into doing all manner of unsavory things by falling under the spell of groupthink.

I believe that those of us who are highly empathetic and conscientious who have been raised in an authoritarian environment are more susceptible to this psychological coercion and control. I know I have to be extra careful and keep listening to my logical heart to avoid being ensnared in the traps of narcissists and to quickly disentangle myself when I inadvertently do. I’m getting better and better at it, lol.

As these past few years have unfolded, I’m seeing that more people than I realized are not in touch with their core, their truth, with their wisdom that’s communicated through their logical hearts, to the voice of love… to their humanity and conscience. People can all too easily be swayed by fear tactics, manipulation, and mind control.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/groupthink

It’s even more important these days with all of the information bombarding us to be able to discern what’s objectively verifiable, and to utilize critical thinking, common sense, and to stay rooted in our conscience, in our higher selves, our human rights/ethics and ultimately compassion and love. To keep the golden rule at the forefront so that we don’t lose ourselves along the way. So we do right by ourselves while also respecting and doing right by one another.

I keep reading, researching, observing, and trying to understand and make sense of how we humans operate. The more I know, the more I can possibly make the biggest helpful impacts and wisest choices in life. I do not want to lose my sense of right and wrong, my humanity or my soul along the way during challenging times such as these.

I always want to advocate for what’s going to help everyone be treated humanely, with respect and care, to maintain healthy, loving boundaries where there is truly justice and equality. I aim to support solutions where there is no domination, discrimination, oppression, and exploitation of others. This is common sense to me because the better off we all are, the better everything will be.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Wouldn’t that be wonderful if we were all able to practice this consistently? If our world didn’t leave anyone behind and cared for all of us equally? There has to be a better way. I see some places in the world are managing to leave fewer people behind, if they can do it, we can do it too.

Michelle Miyagi
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