Atlanta: The Georgia Department of Labor announced that the state’s unemployment rate dropped from 10.2 percent in February to 10 percent in March. Good news if you’re not in that 10% who are still unemployed. Read more here ~
Everyone has been touched by the tremors that ran through the financial system in late 2008, even now society continues to feel the impact and is struggling to recover from of the devastation on a daily basis. For many individuals who thought they had their lives all together…successful career, good job, happy marriage, beautiful children, money in the bank, future planned for…or whatever safe structures they had build for themselves…found the security they had built begin to decay and crumble when the cosmic shift began.
Like the earthquake that recently sent tremors through Japan devastated its north eastern coast line with a tsunami that caused a nuclear reactor melt down that looks to be the largest nuclear disaster in world history, these same cosmic patterns reflect personal disasters that have caused almost everyone to tremor in fear. And in a world where so many individuals not only live beyond their means but define who they are by what they do and what they have, being laid off can be their very own personal earthquake that breaks apart and tsunami that washes away all the accoutrements that have defined who they are.
The excerpt below is from an article I read this morning on www.allthingshealing.com. In this article the author describes her personal experience of being laid off and watching herself slowly fade away. She ends the article by sayng:
“May I as I need it, may all of us when we need it, be able to have the same wisdom!
Awaiting re-creation with you,
“I am now a ghost-in-training. I got laid off a couple of weeks ago, from a university where I’ve worked for eleven years.
In the exchange to work with pay for one last month, a concession to attachment on my part, I’ve accepted a slow social death. All of the years of my work in this place are falling softly to the ground around me, but nothing here renewing: only projects winding to a close, no new projects coming in. The most interesting thing about this as it happens is that I get to watch myself, and feel what it feels like to, vanish in stages.
People do not know how to treat you when you get laid off. Everyone feels awkward. You are uncategorizable, no longer a part of the organic mechanism. It’s no one’s fault, but something primitive, atavistic, tribal. I’ve been on the other side of it. The fired person has the taint of being fired on them, and this time it’s me. It may have been more straightforward to tie this person to a rock in the desert as in ancient times, so they aren’t a contagion sharing space with the viable.
When you’ve been let go, the whole social landscape alters. Some people come forth more your friends than you suspected; exchanges with others become weird; and for the people whom you really didn’t grok, it’s a bit of a relief not to have to interact with them anymore. It’s a tonic and a clarifier, but scrambles your brain from what you’re used to. A large part of how we understand ourselves is built on relationship, so when those relationships shift, we’re in territory both existential and surreal.
When people look at you, their eyes don’t know where to focus. I think this may be what being a ghost feels like.” Read entire article here
Laid Off and Ghostly: A Modern Yogi’s Abhinivesha
by Laura Marjorie Miller