Life has a way of moving us onto a new and sometimes very different path. At times that path may seem not to be chosen by us and something that we may never have chosen for ourselves. Our country is a perfect example. It appears split, divided and broken. Many of us feel broken or at least disillusioned, and can’t see a way to peace for all.
Here is the lesson: What is happening in our country and the world is a reflection of humanity’s collective ambivalence to and about our country and our planet. We’ve been ambivalent for a very long time. What exactly is ambivalence? Webster’s Dictionary states: “simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action” or “continual fluctuation (as between one thing and its opposite).”
There are those of us who focus on our individual needs, wants and desires to maintain what is best for our selves no matter who it hurts in the process. Selfish, individual needs are a primary importance and some will fight and even kill to maintain the status quo. Then there are those who fight against cruelty, discrimination, racism, sexism, mysogeny, etc. and will fight to the death, literally. We are even labeled “far right extremists” and “leftist liberals.” It makes no sense because, with the exception of a few on both sides, everyone wants basically the same thing.
There are those who are connected to the earth, our families and societies and do what we can to create change, a shift in consciousness to the reality of the chaos that is happening now. If you are one of those people whose consciousness in elevated, even just a little; if you are one of those people who recognize there is something wrong; if you are one of those people who know without a doubt that change must happen, then it’s time to take action. It’s time to begin on a personal level and gather your collective consciousness troops. Right and left move to the center collectively.
Here’s what you can do on a personal level:
1. Smile and greet others, even strangers, with a positive attitude and a hello.
2. Show kindness at all times
3. Give back or pay it forward
4. Surround yourself with healthy, positive people.
5. Clear your mind and heart of negativity.
6. Plant seeds of wisdom in others.
7. Never argue with a closed mind.
8. Present your very best self always, in all ways.
9. Think like a Creator.
10. Bless everyone, even those you don’t like or agree with.
Here’s what you can do on a societal & global level:
1. Keep your neighborhood clean. Don’t litter and pick up rubbish from the sidewalk.
2. Grow your own organic food gardens. Create a community organic food garden.
3. Use green fuels – solar and wind.
4. Plant a tree or 2 or 3.
5. Green your neighborhood with sidewalk or roadway native plant gardens.
6. Use non-plastic, reusable water bottles. Recycle, reuse, repurpose.
7. Use reusable bags in place of paper or plastic.
8. Ask for and buy wood and paper products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
9. Each One Teach One (or more).
10. Bless everyone and everything. Blessings have a way of spreading.
Speaking of blessings: Blessings heal, uplift, inspire, shift awareness, raise consciousness, and help all the world and its sentient beings become more intimate and compassionate. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, at any given time, send a blessing. Bless yourself.