What if there is nothing wrong with me? What if there is nothing wrong with you?
In this very difficult and scary time when the world we thought we knew seems to be disintegrating it becomes important to ground and center in spiritual truth. No, I am not advocating a head in the sand, ignore the pain, and pretend everything is happening for the best attitude. I’m suggesting that we reinforce our relationship with our humanity, with our inner goodness, with our strength of character. I am suggesting we remember and ground ourselves in the benefactor qualities of the human race.
Because we can imagine and act on our imagination humans have created many amazing, beautiful, and positive things in this world. We have also created, through imagination and action, genocide, poverty, destruction, hatred, bigotry, and war. As we know the beginning of both heaven and hell reside in the use of our own mind. It resides in the way we think and speak of others and the way we think and speak about ourselves. As we become overwhelmed by hearing and seeing the dark side of human behavior let us also look for and listen to the good in our young people, in the actions of our brothers and sisters around the globe. Let us remember that hard times call for heroic action. The heroes of old are calling your name. Many children, women, and men are listening and responding in protection, compassion, and a renewed sense of purpose. Protecting all of life we nurture and defend what is precious.
Here are some things to consider as you cultivate the hero within you:
*You are living your life the best you know how and attempting to get better every day.
*You make mistakes, like everyone else, which allows you to gain wisdom.
*You’re unique, whether you’re introverted or extroverted, practical or a dreamer, technical or artistic, book smart or street smart…however you are…you are the only person just like you on the planet.
*If you do what you enjoy and don’t harm other beings, you’re living a beautiful life.
*You will never become someone because you already are someone.
*If someone hurt, you…you didn’t deserve it…no one does…and it didn’t happen because of karma.
*It’s OK to feel your emotions and respond to them. If you need to improve the way you respond; well everyone could use some improvement in that area.
Chaos, confusion, darkness, fear, anger, grief…these are all perfectly understandable emotions in this time of upheaval and potential destruction of the values we were taught was the American Way. The Buddha once said, being with what is we can respond (not react) to what is. We respond by knowing who and what we love- the Earth, the animals, the children, compassion, generosity, and fearlessness. We respond by maintaining the knowledge of our inner goodness and working to create a world we can proudly leave to our children.
And if, like the Jedi, many of us are destroyed, then like the Jedi we will rise again and defeat the darkness of hatred, greed, and anger. The Force is with us! We are unstoppable!