What to do when the world around us isn’t practicing mindfulness, much less civility towards human beings? How can you stop this negative, sometimes hateful, destructive energy from tiptoeing into your heart and creating unbalance and unrest? First, it is important to acknowledge and address all emotions. In other words, you cannot sweep aside feelings of unrest by not acknowledging how they make you feel. Confront the emotion directly and perhaps ask yourself what you are to learn from it? What changes can you make in your own life that will lead to more harmony for all of the universe? This is one of the most difficult tasks, and in these times with daily images of hatred being bombarded on our psyche via television, social media, and our own neighbors forgetting to be mindful and compassionate, it can be a challenge. If your soul is that of an Empath, all this horror can bleed directly into your heart. What this translates into is fear, and fear is something we don’t want to be living with, we want to be free of fear.
When we normally feel compassion it is biased and mixed with attachment. However, genuine compassion flows towards all living beings, particularly your enemies. If I try to develop compassion towards my enemy, it may not benefit him directly, he may not even be aware of it. But it will immediately benefit me by calming my mind. On the other hand, if I dwell on how awful everything is, I immediately lose my peace of mind.
How to do this? I am struggling with this lately, and it is the state of our world and the fact that more and more people are coming from a place of fear instead of love. Yes, love is where we need to come from in all that we do. We must forgive those that have wronged others and we must forgive ourselves. This does not mean that we do not hold people responsible for their actions. Collectively we must send out a vibration to the universe of love. When we can all come to this space and hold love for one another, we can begin to heal the issues each of us faces. This won’t be easy; it will test your soul to its very core. That is fine. Sit with whatever comes up for you personally, acknowledge it and ask those simple questions and then begin to heal with love. Today I have been pushed in many directions on this front, and I found myself asking the questions, what can I learn and where can I change things in myself?
One-way that was clear to me was to write about it, which is a good catharsis for the soul. Grab some paper, or your journal and jot down some things that have been on your mind. Remember when journaling, do not concern yourself with grammar just let the words flow. Set a timer if you must, for even just 5 minutes, and free write whatever comes to mind. It is an amazingly healing exercise that has been scientifically proven to help reduce your stress level.
Collectively we can make this world a better place if we become united in our thoughts of love toward one another, even when we don’t like the actions of another individual. When we can become the love that is divine, and share that love in our thoughts and actions to all of humanity, we might begin to heal.
Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.
~ Pema Chodron