What does it take to be inspired today, when stress is all around us due to the economy, environment, war and more? To me, it is about being truly grateful on a daily basis and, sometimes a minute-by-minute basis, on those days when you feel you just can’t take one more step. Everywhere we turn, there is continued devastation. Every minute, there is a child raped, a person murdered, a rainforest dying, an iceberg melting.
But what if we looked at everything, good, bad, or indifferent, and saw the magic? What if we saw things from a different perspective and knew that every experience was a gift to help us reach nirvana in our lifetime? What if we were able to see that, through the dark, we see the light?
I know that most of us already live by these principles, but what about when life is so overwhelming that we accidentally slip back into old, negative ways of thinking and doing. It causes me to pause and remember what we have in this precious life, is to usher in the light, come together as a community, lift each other up and simply love one another as unconditionally as humanly possible; so that we can share the essence of our enlightenment.
To see at the end of a flood that devastates a water-front town, there is a droplet of water on a leaf that sparkles in the sun and a whole new universe is opened. Or at the end of a fire that destroys a forest, there is a chance for a new forest to grow. Or, when Mother Earth shakes so hard that a village crumbles to ground, it gives us the opportunity to come together for those who have survived.
We all know on some level what is in store in the coming days and years, surrounded by much more devastation. It is a time when history is writing itself. However, we have the power to change those pages in life. We get to say LIFE GOES ON when we lose a loved one and have no other choice but to feel them in that intangible place in our hearts. We get to learn that LIFE GOES ON when we see our bank accounts drained, not knowing how we’re going to feed our families. We get to feel that LIFE GOES ON even when the darkest night is all around us. We get to feel our power in faith and know there is a gift to give and receive with every encounter.
So I remind myself and invite all of us to BREATHE and to remain as calm and centered as possible during this transition time, so that we are beacons of light to ourselves, and, therefore, for each other.
Each of us are a blast of light, so that when we put ourselves together, we cause a magical light storm so powerfully blinding, filled with faith, hope, compassion and above all love, that we only have the choice to live as one… which to me, is the true meaning of life!