I’ve been going about my day to day business, concerning myself with teaching classes where everyone can practice “safely”, not hurting themselves; giving massages “safely”, making sure to use care while massaging more sensitive parts of the body; and here and there worrying about how to make ends meet, how to find enough time in the day to get things done, and when I might host a retreat. La dee da dee da…BAM.
The real world sends a little reminder in the form of the movie Machine Gun Preacher. Wake up call, people are still being senselessly murdered, children are being forced to kill people, young girls are being raped, and entire families/villages are being wiped out, all while we go about our day to day business, worrying about our first world problems. We might hear about a war here or a conflict there in passing and many of us don’t even acknowledge that we heard that news anymore. In one ear, ah yes another conflict, out the other ear.
I have actually just plain old been avoiding the news in general for the past few years. Here’s the dilemma: can we really do anything to help? If you’re anything like me you become overwhelmed quickly when you ponder this question. You might think YES! Yes I can. So you set out to find out how you can help. And then are instantly overwhelmed again. So many parts of the world need your help due to both natural and man-made disasters that are taking lives and homes, food and shelter, every single day. You reach the point again where you think, how can I possibly help when there is so much to do? I grew up seeing pictures on my Gramma’s fridge of the children she sponsored in Africa. But then you hear about how little money makes it through the beauraucracy of some of those organizations to the children and people that really need the help, and you wonder if it’s worth donating. Yet the cost of packing up and flying there to take direct action is money that could be well spent feeding people and helping create sources of clean drinking water and safe haven. And so the circle of overwhelm continues. On and on and on…this would be why I stopped listening to the news. It becomes consuming.
I have no real answers for you, this post is really just an inward ramble, thoughts that need to get out. I know we all have the capacity to help, but I am trying to figure out what form that needs to take. In how many directions can my mind go at one time, and in which direction do I need to dedicate action?
For now I know that one of the easiest things each of us can do is this: accept yourself, love yourself, and let that love grow so much, become so strong, that it overflows and affects all of those people around you. Let it inspire those people around you to love themselves, to a point that their love also overflows and affects the people around them. Let that love become a tidal wave that can continue to grow. Let each of us become so full of love and abundance that it is impossible for every single person in the world to not feel that love. Maybe, one person at a time, we can convert the world into a more loving place, where the thought of harming another human being becomes incomprehensible.
Do that one thing for me. Set a timer on your phone if you need to, or just take a seat, and start this process of filling yourself with love and sending it out to those who really need it. Let it overflow from you, and hopefully it will touch someone you see today.
February 12th is Red Hand Day. Read about it here: Red Hand Day – to end the use of children as soldiers
I’d love to know what your thoughts are on making a difference. Do you donate to organizations? Have you traveled to places in need to physically help? Do you run or work for an organization? Tell me what you think in the comments below.
Peace and love to you and every single being.