How many things do you do every day because you feel like you have to? Lets start an inventory of the things that make you smile so intensely that nothing but joy is emitted from your very presence. You are in the light. It could be spending time with your children or other special people in your life. Maybe it’s extreme sports or other forms of exercise that make you feel incredibly alive. It could be the creative drive to paint or write music. Maybe you feel very peaceful in your garden, tending to your plants and growing your own food. Now lets do an inventory of what in your life drags you down, weakens your spirit, makes you feel trapped? Is it your day to day routine? Do you long for change? Is your home peaceful? Do you feel like you never have the time to do the things you want because life is too busy, too demanding? Do you remember when you forgot this is YOUR life? For every thing you don’t want to do, make sure you do something you do. Mindfully, regain control of your existence. Love life.
I am reading The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible by Charles Eisenstein. One of the questions he asks is “What is sacred?”This is a powerful question to ask ourselves. I deciding everything is sacred. By everything, I don’t mean material things, because anything beyond subsistence is unnecessary. Our natural world is dying. We forgot that the things we need most are sacred. Air and water and food and community. What is it about humans that makes us so careless? Is it our birthright to be so destructive? If we take a good look at how we are conducting ourselves, it is pretty much pillage and plunder. Maybe that is why people need to drink so much, hurt others so much, and continue negating the importance of nature. What is sacred to you?
People call out my name in the village. We are just crossing paths for a moment and yet it feels special every time. Like goodness matters. Because I am being seen. What are the conditions that create this sense of connection and caring? Walking, not driving, small streets, not highways, and towns, not cities, and a value system based in community and family. It’s not about being rich or famous or who you know. It isn’t about having a big house or a fancy car. It’s about people, not things. How we value ourselves and others is what enables us to see. But if we are always driving, always in a hurry, never taking the time to make eye contact and smile at someone as she or he goes by, we remain stuck in dead end reality that says no one really matters.