Thursday, February 21, 2008

Effecting Change

Be BIG… and suddenly your arms are wrapping themselves around the world.

The Butterfly Effect: The idea that a butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that ultimately cause a tornado to appear (or prevent a tornado from appearing) across the globe. The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale phenomena.

Have you ever considered exactly just how BIG you really are and the impact you have on the world? Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now, says: “You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!” Wow, sounds like quite a responsibility. But, what I find interesting is that the road to making a difference and effecting change in the world is, initially, via the inner path, or The Heroe’s/Heroine’s Journey, as it is called. We can get ourselves so caught up in what we think is right for others, when in fact, we are ignoring our own self care, our own issues that could be having a negative effect on the world as a whole. It isn’t until we are at peace with our own truths, and in turn, trust that others are working towards the same, that we can truly effect positive change. A friend pointed out the analogy: One of the first things they tell you on an airplane regarding the oxygen masks, is that if you are seated next to a child, make sure you secure your own mask before assisting the youngster.” You get my drift. The thing is, all this can get pretty dark and ugly before it looks like anything good might be happening, but, rest assured - that’s a big part of it. And, as you gradually emerge back into the light, bringing your Heroine’s golden experience to the community, you can rest within the peace of knowing that by simply tending to your own work, you are effecting positive change in the world, no matter how small or large you may think that is.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Bite The Bullet With Loving Kindness

Learn… and suddenly the teacher in you is emerging.

It’s a known fact the physical body needs applied stress to stay healthy and thrive. Our bones need gravity and weight bearing action in order stay strong enough to support us and carry us throughout our lives. Weight training induces tearing of the muscles so during the time of rest, the healing of that action can create strength. Most of us intentionally push our bodies to the limit in order to stay strong and healthy, so why do we have such a problem with life’s mentally and emotionally challenging events? Couldn’t it be, that on some level we have chosen our hardships so that we may grow and learn and be strong? The way we handle life’s early obstacles can have a dramatic effect on the outcome of our future challenges. We are who we are because of our hardships, not because of our joy, not really. As we work through our painful, lost, angry and confusing times, we can find solace in knowing that on the other side is even more strength, more resilience. Anyone of us alive can appreciate, in hindsight, the lessons learned and knowledge gained from our misfortunes.

Paul McCartney said: “…and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” Perhaps, taking our lessons with a dose of loving kindness for ourselves, strengthens the love we put out.

I honor our life’s mission while here on Mother Earth - to learn and grow and connect with one another and to live a full and loving life, awake and aware with dignity, divinity and grace.

Sat Nam!