Light Things, Heavy Things…

<July ‘08>

These are challenging times. Everything is shifting. Everything is morphing. It’s simultaneously exciting and scary and empowering and unsettling.

The future is in our hands.

The events and challenges of our personal lives are paralleled in the events and challenges facing our entire world – our entire species.

We have to grab ourselves by the entrails and turn our personal lives/the human world around.

Many of us are laden down by things inside our own heads and minds. Heavy things, things that weigh us down. I recall seeing a sign once while travelling, that said “Caution: Heavy load.” I recall thinking at the time “Yes, our egos are a heavy load, for sure….” (I was reading Eckhart Tolle at the time, so was doing some thinking about egos…).

What do I mean by heavy things that weigh us down?

Things like attitudes. Resentments. Memories. Judgments. Expectations. Hang-ups. Neuroses. Pride.

It’s hard to avoid or transcend these less-than-useful habits of mind – but it surely is tremendously worth our while to do so!

Muse for a few moments (or days, or weeks – however long it takes!) on how much lighter you feel when you suspend habitual attitudes/resentments/judgments/expectations. Do your best to stop labelling every thing and every situation and person you encounter – say often, calmly, “It is what it is” and let your mind engage in more productive pastimes than the customary (mostly negative) internal chit-chat.

Go for a walk and really BE there – feeling breezes on your skin and face and seeing clouds and hearing birdsong and noticing flowers and trees.

Listen to music, and sing. Sing your heart out! Lose yourself in the singing.

Talk to a friend really honestly, and open up about your fears and frustrations, dreams and hopes. You will feel so much lighter afterward!

Read some useful, mind-altering books that can help liberate you on a more routine basis from the mind prisons we all create for ourselves. (There are 2 different recommended reading lists under the ‘Recommended’ tab on this blog.)

We live, dear Reader, in a world that is breaking down around us.

We are sick as individuals – with cancer, or heart disease, or heartbreak or a hundred other diseases or conditions – and our culture, our society is also very ill.

We can come together in our grief, and pain and fear – where we find the opportunity to create community – to shed our aloneness, loneliness and feelings of abandonment – or we can cling to the old angers and resentments and fears, and continue contributing to the world’s pain level.

This is a choice.

The crises (personal and global) are our “wake-up call.”

Will we heed the wake-up calls – as individuals and as a species – or will we choose to stay asleep?

I’ve written plenty on this blog about gratitude (“Radical Gratitude,” “Gratitude – A How to” and “Transformation Now! Why Wait??”)

While expectations/attitudes/judgments/resentments are very heavy and weigh us down, gratitude opens us right up. It makes us lighter, airier, more open to joys both large and small – to pleasant surprises and simple pleasures.

A sincere and regular (preferably daily) active practice of gratitude can transform your life – only if you want it to!

If enough of us choose to dump the heavy things and embrace lighter ones, we will transform human endeavour on the planet.

I’ve said this elsewhere, but I think it bears repeating:

“Fossil fuels may be a finite resource, but the psychic potential of human beings is infinite!”

May the force be with you!

Janet

A Few Relevant Quotations:

“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, but it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” Agnes Repplier

“The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have.” Leonard Nimoy

“We are not lacking in the dynamic forces needed to create the future. We live immersed in a sea of energy beyond all comprehension. But this energy, in an ultimate sense, is ours not by domination but by invocation.” – Thomas Berry in The Great Work – Our Way into the Future

“The universe oozes with power, waiting for anyone who wishes to embrace it.” – mathematical cosmologist Brian Swimme, author of The Universe is a Green Dragon, quoted in Matthew Fox’s The Coming of the Cosmic Christ – The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson