What does it mean to cultivate the good? How can you take intentional action “back to yourself”? Why is caring for yourself ultimately good for the world?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Udo Erasmus about how to make life brighter.
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Meet Udo Erasmus
Udo Erasmus is the founder of Udo’s Choice products, found in Whole Foods and health food stores worldwide. Udo first pioneered FlaxSeed Oil after deep research as a result of being poisoned by pesticides.
He also invented the machinery and method to bring healthy oils to the marketplace. Udo is an acclaimed author, speaker, and expert on TOTAL SACRED HEALTH. This 8 step process considers all the elements of whole health, including our mental health, presence and awareness, life energy and being in harmony with nature and humanity.
Udo is a presenter at Tony Robbins and Deepak Chopra’s events. He has sold over 250,000 copies of his books.
In This Podcast
- Cultivate the good in yourself
- Work with your awareness
- Taking deliberate actions towards yourself
- Udo’s advice
Cultivate the good in yourself
When people do not actively cultivate cooperation, harmony and peace, and neighborliness, the world ends up in war.
This is the same on a smaller scale in people: when we do not care for ourselves emotionally and mentally and leave trauma unattended, our mental, emotional, and physical bodies end up in war too.
We need to take the opportunities we have – outside of war, outside of personal breakages – to cultivate cooperation and harmony amongst ourselves so that peace does not become an antidote for war and personal unnecessary suffering, it becomes a mechanism against its existence in the first place.
We tend to be neglectful of the things we need to work for, and that’s how we got into a war. We’re in a situation like that now too [where] things are getting worse because we’re not taking on deliberately cultivating what is good in us and what is good in other people, and in my view that would be an educational or a counseling function. (Udo Erasmus)
By cultivating the good within ourselves, we get rid of the urge to steal the “light” from others and cause harm because by working on the “light”, the good energy within ourselves, we each see and respect that in one another.
Work with your awareness
Being present, fully present, in the space [that] our body occupies and actually experiencing what that feels like is what every really wise person in the history of humanity has said should be job one for us. (Udo Erasmus)
“The greatest gift” in Udo’s words is the moments where we are called to experience awareness of ourselves, the moments that we go through when we experience strong pain or loss.
The reason why a “gift” because if it wasn’t for that feeling that keeps calling us home to ourselves we would get lost and never find our way back. I say to people “sit with that feeling, be with it, allow it and don’t judge it, embrace it” … because that is your heart calling your attention to come back home inside to its source in life … that is where your wholeness lives, that’s where your fulfilment and satisfaction is. (Udo Erasmus)
The access that we have to our “light” and to our core is through those moments because we are called back to ourselves, to remember that we are human and finite and that we can have infinite experiences in a finite body.
The journey home, the journey inwards, is not automatic – it is a deliberate choice and needs you to take deliberate action to get there.
Taking deliberate actions towards yourself
Sit quietly with yourself:
- See how still you can become, physically and mentally,
- Sit with the discomfort,
- Cry if you need to, but sit with it,
- What do you notice in this space inside of you when you do this?
We are good at being aware on the outside because we do it all the time but we struggle with practicing internal awareness because we do it so seldomly. It is like learning to walk: the more you do it, the deeper you go, the more you discover, the more you feel and the more clarity you find.
Once you get to this point, everything changes, because your perception of yourself and the world changes. Before this point, you are mostly concerned with what you need to do to make yourself feel safe.
After this point, you learn that you can feel safe with yourself, and now you can give your energy and help to the world instead of constantly seeking and fighting for the care you thought was external to you.
When I learned how to do that and started feeling it, I was like “oh my God, it’s not about me anymore, I’m good and if I don’t feel good, I know where to go to feel good because it’s within me [and] it’s always there, always waiting for me to tap in. Because I feel take care of, it’s not about me anymore”, now the question is “okay, where can I help? I’m taken care of, where can I help? What needs to be done? What’s the biggest splash for good that I can make in one body, in one lifetime?” (Udo Erasmus)
When you feel secure and safe within yourself, and you know that you can provide yourself with at least the baseline levels, you free yourself of the desperate need to be loved, liked, and understood by everyone around you because now you love, like, and understand yourself.
Other people then become wonderful partners and friends instead of sources of the love that you lack to give yourself.
The question is why do we focus on the problem and not on the wholeness? And that’s because we live in a world that is disconnected from self and always needs to either imagine a problem into being, or having imagined a problem into being is then trying to fix it in a way that doesn’t get fixed because you have to unimagine the problem by imagining something better in order to fix the problem. (Udo Erasmus)
Make time every day, like you do for going to the bathroom, for making breakfast, for cleaning your body, to also maintain yourself, your thoughts, emotions, and your mind. Make time every day, for five minutes to start with, to do nothing, to sit and breathe and feel what it feels like to be alive.
If you could live your life fully present in all of your being, there are five pieces to it:
- Life energy
- Survival smarts
And your surroundings:
- Social group,
- Big picture,
If you can be fully present to all of these and live your life that way, it would be mind-blowing and beautiful. Every person born deserves this because this was given as a gift.
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