A Closer Look At Fear
The teachings of Yoga show us to look within for answers and solutions to obstacles; but there are matters that people do not want to look at, and there are matters we cannot change. Many people do not want to look directly at the source of their inner fears. A meditation session, devoted to looking at our phobias, might not be fruitful – unless we have professional guidance. How can we deal with the fear of loss, death, or evil? Similar meanings can be found within Holy Books of all religions, but let’s look closely at this particular Psalm. The answer is that we all have fears, and they fill us with dread; but even in the worst of times, our spiritual faith is near. This is a universal theme in all religions. Yet, many people fear danger and terror inspired by extremists. Some extremists are politically based and others are religious fundamentalists. The problem is how to logically deal with those who seek to divide us.
Politics and religion are volatile subjects. If we learn anything about humanity’s historical mistakes, it should be how to prevent another Hitler or Stalin. Millions of people can be swept up, into a fury of hate and fear, by world leaders who are mentally unstable. Our solution is to participate in the democratic process. If we leave it to someone else, we have much to fear. In the case of fearing loss: I’m sorry, but we are all temporary “custodians of wealth.” Even the rich cannot take wealth with them to the after life. We can, and we should, take action to maintain the quality of life for our family; but when fears about the loss of money become an obsession, it is unhealthy. Fear of losing a loved one is also unhealthy. Fear of loss can create chronic stress, anxiety, panic attacks, and possibly death. Yoga teaches one to balance thoughts, problems, and emotions for better health. Any form of Yoga can help a person in the darkest of times. Fear of death is a major concern of many people but let’s look at this exact fear closely. Do we have a choice? Can we escape death? Can we become immortal? Once again, I’m sorry, but from the moment we were born, we were destined to pass on into the next life. We do not have a choice. Yet, we can make the most of the time we are here. We can show appreciation to everyone we meet. Yoga teaches us to live in the present. Enjoy what you have and let those you love know it.
People often overlook how much space and effort framed paintings take up. These items need a lot of care and attention to ensure they’re transported damage-free. Fortunately, the right tools and a bit of common sense will mean your prized artwork can move safely and securely. For insurance purposes, it’s always useful to have photos of your precious possessions. Moving house is a good opportunity to revise your valuables and ensure you’ve properly documented fragile items. Before you pack, take some photos of your framed paintings incase there are any surprises at the other end. Smaller frames of a similar size can be grouped together in boxes. The glass and wooden frames still weigh a lot, so don’t feel like you have to cram them all in one container. Before you pack your frames, line the bottom of the box with newspaper, bubblewrap or other padding. Keep some in reserve to slot between items, ensuring no two frames touch each other.
It’s especially important that glass frames are given adequate padding, and that the box is snugly packed so that your items don’t jump around in transit. Larger items need special treatment. Begin by clearing a space on your floor, then take your clingfilm and wrap your frame from top to bottom. Next, place a large sheet of bubblewrap on the floor and put your painting on top of it. Continue to wrap the painting in bubblewrap from one side to another, ensuring the front gets a particularly heavy layer. This is where a roll of bubblewrap (and an assistant to help turn the painting) comes in handy. Cut off the bubblewrap and tape the loose ends tight. Next, rotate the painting 90 degrees and repeat the same process. Now the frame should be wrapped top to bottom and side to side. You might want to give special attention the edges. We like to bunch up old newspapers and tape it to each corner. This ensures they’re nice and soft and nothing will get damaged by sharp edges. There are plenty of other uses for old junk mail – from floor protection to packing foam – so don’t throw it away before the move. It’s also possible to get specialist foam protectors, although you’ll need to take measurements to ensure you get the right size. Don’t tempt gravity – when you load your paintings on the moving van, make sure they sit vertically, not flat. Do so by inserting them between soft furnishings or at the edges of the van. Some professional moving companies have specialist straps that hold large items to the side of the walls. If that’s the case, make good use of them! With the right tools and a bit of professional know-how, you can transported your paintings safely and hassle-free.
Sorry to interrupt – we’re sure you’re probably in the middle of watching an old VHS (VH-what now?) tape of the 1988 Vice Presidential debate. Or perhaps you’re simply catching up on all those saved DVR recordings of C-Span programming. All right, so maybe it’s more likely that you’re ramming your head repeatedly into a cactus. But politics are indubitably important. In fact, it is arguably the most vital science for us to wrap our heads around, as it affects everything around us – our education, our health care, our laws, and our quality of fodder for stand-up comedians. George Orwell understood that, to communicate his strong convictions about the world of politics to the common man, he would need to come down to his level. And rather than simply ‘dumb down’ his arguments, he chose to utilize the tool of humor to make people sit up and take notice.