A Moment of Silence (instead of numbing out on the net)!
I write this while in a more somber and contemplative mood than I’ve been in lately. I wonder if you’ve felt the same way this past week, as we’ve moved along in the timeline of our evolution together?
Although I am more optimistic today than I have been in a long time, I’m keenly aware and awake to the fact that the shift we’re in is also fraught with conflict and uncertainty. Every landscape exists simultaneously, brimming with the potential for destruction and growth, for purpose, peace, and prosperity from poverty, for trauma and healing, for rebellion, revolution and resurrection.
It’s never been an option to be asleep at the wheel, but it seems that there’s this head-jerking quality to life as the news peppers us again and again with tragedy and terror, typhoons and tyrants, the blatant misrepresentation of facts, and a modern, real-life Game of Thrones that is decidedly not related to the show on HBO, although we can all tune in to either on the internet just the same.
Brand new positive energies are forecast for this week calling us to hone in on our authenticity with fervor. For some, it will mean greater success and proof that hard work, purpose, and clarity pay off, but for others, authenticity begins in rebellion and moves through revolution before that rebirth can happen.
I keep being shown the truth that Certainty must come from within.
I’m well aware this means very different things for us as individuals and that I write for whomever stumbles into my world through resonance and synchronicity, curiosity, and a search for belonging.
You and I are constantly reminded that the world has become a noisy place relentlessly shouting over the already clamorous din of change.
A moment of silence is sometimes the only gift, the only answer, the only way to honor the truth of the messiness of life.
To be honest, if I don’t meditate every single day to quiet my mind and still my emotions, I frankly can’t handle the cacophony of events sprawled across the internet which serves both to connect and repel, in a compulsive form of sharing and distraction.
It’s not that I’m slamming the net. I connect with you. I run my business online. I have students all over the world who take my classes. I stay in touch with old friends and new ones. I learn about brilliant new discoveries, new books by brilliant minds. I research ancient texts and study important works.
The internet can be a place to bring positive, meaningful change to the world, where we can galvanize on behalf of those who need rescue and care, and advocate for positive social change and the equitable sharing of resources in the blink of an eye.
I don’t know about you, but I can also be riveted in horror, powerless and sobbing, over a plane of 300 innocents shot down from the sky, images of children I will never know caught in crossfire between war-torn countries, or a cheerleader proudly standing in front of a majestic animal she killed as the prize of a sinister safari hunt for the wealthy and immoral. (Yes, I know I’m judging here.)
Go online and in less than an hour you can see all these things as they happen in real time. I think that’s why people unconsciously embrace distractions on the internet: we find the numbing quality of wasted time somewhat of a sedative that helps to quell the fear that life is an uncontrollable mess.
The chilling reality is that a horrific world event occurs in the exact moment a baby is born to a joy-filled family.
The internet reminds us of this daily.
We are global citizens, now living in the midst of great disparity, like it or not.
And yes, even the important stuff can be overwhelming.
What do we do?
How do we serve?
What is the prescription for this pervasive sense of powerlessness when we, the watchers of the world, struggle to find the next right thing to do for others and for ourselves?
These days, I think it’s so important to Unplug and reconnect with Nature, with friends, with your small world and local environment, with the Here and Now.
Be here now.
Serve where you can.
A moment of silence for those of us privileged to have the opportunity to choose it.
A moment of silence in compassion and honor for those whose lives are different than ours, for every living thing less fortunate than you and me – send love and send peace.
Stay awake at the wheel and remove the distractions.
Today I am contemplating this prayer and inviting you to join me when you wake up each morning this week.
I begin with a moment of silence for those in the world who are suffering.
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Show me how to serve today no matter how small, thy will be done through me.” Amen.
Love to hear how you’re doing and how this prayer helped you.
I send you so much love today and every day.
I know we all have a choice to connect with one another, to find teachers, healers, and thought leaders who suit and fit when we find ourselves on different legs of our life’s journeys. There is something for everybody these days, although I’m humbly aware that there are millions of people who don’t enjoy the privilege of freedom that we have here in the West, and that my life experience and worldview may not be far-reaching, sophisticated or socially-educated enough for some.
I never want to take for granted the truth that I’m not censored when I speak my views.
I never want to take for granted that you have the freedom to read and respond to them.
I am very grateful to you for making these words count.
BIG BIG love oxoxox
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