by Nick Andrea
All these crazy things happening in the world stage have been getting me down, lately – wars, collateral damage, unnecessary killing, and the list goes on. It reached a peek this afternoon when I had a hard time even being in my body, knowing there was so much suffering in the world.
And, finally, it broke with a conversation I had with someone who has been walking the path of spirituality and service for quite a few more decades than I. He said, “Well, we’re still here, and we’ll keep on doing what we can in our own, small way.”
That little bit of hope and focus on the small things we do every day made me change my perspective and focus, and I came up with five small things we can do today:
- Reach out to someone close to you. It doesn’t have to be an intimate relationship, though it can be. Ask them, “How are you? How is your day going?” Take an active interest in them and what is motivating them, today. It’s easy to take those closest to us for granted, and it is those people with whom we have the most concentrated potential to experience love or turmoil, based on our choices. Choose love.
- Ask someone who is different from you how you can be of service. The root of conflict is us as individuals seeing the world in different ways according to the unique missions we have been designed for. Asking others how you can be of service allows us to expand our own perspectives and become larger than we were before.
- Spend at least fifteen minutes doing something creatively self-expressive. Pickup the guitar and sing your favorite song. Write a poem. Draw a picture. Cook a delicious meal. Go shoot some hoops. Stat knitting something. Creative self-expression is a powerful way to connect us with our hearts.
- Spend some time alone in silence. A good relationship with Self is the start of good relationships with others. This can take the form of sitting meditation, mindful walking, riding a bike, or anything that minimizes distraction and thinking and allows you to feel our own beingness. The connections we make with the world in this space are profound. Imagine what would happen if the Israelis and the Palestinians, the Ukrainians and the rebels, the Islamic militants, started to feel their own beingness. We can help them by feeling our own, because being is contagious. The more presence we bring to the world the more it spreads by osmosis.
- Identify three things that are going right, today, and give thanks. With so much turmoil in the world it is easy to forget that there is so much good happening as well. In fact, I believe there is more love than evil on the whole, and focusing on the love expands it. In addition, being in a space of gratitude invites life to give us more things to be grateful for.
Come, take my hand, friend. Let’s walk together, right here, right now, to this pond of existence and drop these pebbles of small, conscious action into it, and watch as their ripples go out and change the world.