We often talk about change, as if it arrives overnight. But truly, real change is often built over time with foundational ideas that inspires many small actions. These small actions join together creating a collective force that makes possible a way for change to happen. We are experiencing the collective building of global changes. Some might say, dramatic change, as if the world has decided to make big script changes with unexpected plot twists. And within this global drama, we can each find our role to play.
The changes that we face as a collective group of souls is different for each of us. As each one of us holds our own unique perspective that instills our beliefs patterns, providing a special view of the collective experience. This means we are all different, even though we are also, the same. It is not the ways that we are similar that binds us. It is the reverence held for all within the experiences of many that matters. Each of us is valuable inherently.
As we collectively share the responsibility to endure, make better or worst our future through actions of today. It has never been more important to remain secure in the reverence for life, all life; plants, animals, and especially human beings. Our collective home requires all the different actors to play their roles for harmony and balance.
Each of us carries a special light within us that is precious and unique. Each of us has a potential to which we were born to fulfill. Each a special path to walk lifting the whole with each individual step. We may not look like we are influencing the world within our perspective. Yet, with each thought we shape the world. It is valuable to have good thoughts. Focused intention on ‘good’ often becomes powerful, when good thoughts generate great deeds.
It isn’t easy to stay focused on what we would perceive to be good. Especially, if much of what we witness reflects a harsher reality. It’s important to remember that there is always something to be grateful. This simple shift can help realign energy back to seeing what is good. It is extraordinarily helpful practice. Stating a simple internal ‘thank you’ for what we cherish can help lift our hearts and minds in an instant.
Being in a state of perpetual change can feel stressful as we are not being grounded in our typical routines and shared lives. Additional stress created by having potential unseen outcomes from various sectors of our society has only increased the discomfort with what we label as the unknown. This discomfort with what we are unfamiliar can call forward other fears associated with things that are seen as different. It’s important to be mindful that this discomfort due to unexpected change, does not feed into prejudices towards those that are seen different from us.
When we feel secure in our surroundings, we often crave adventure looking for that which is foreign or different. This is because we feel safe enough to explore and incorporate change in adaptable stages. Our growth is supported within naturally formed comfort zones. We don’t always have the luxury of being comfortable with change. Currently, the pace of change accompanied by the question of safety has made the unknown a scary option.
In yogic practices, we often discuss the varying degrees of conscious by labeling the level to which our understanding is limited. It looks something like, we live in the known, we transcend to understand the unknown. And yet, there is still the mystery of life called the unknowable. With this awareness, we can integrate the unknown as it becomes known, and marvel at what’s possible within the unknowable. The unknowable is also called unlimited potential.
The beauty of our uniqueness arrives when we cherish the differences that we find both in ourselves, as well as, reflected in others. It is what we can learn from each other on the shared path that makes the journey worthy as we walk together. Granted it may feel more comforting to anchor in the familiar. However, our consciousness expands while exploring the unfamiliar. Even our relational bonds grow stronger when navigating the novel and unexpected.
So, when the opportunity comes to expand into the unfamiliar dialogue of something new that is being discussed within all the change that is coming be open. Open to listen with a heart that is looking to admire the differences for the power and resilience they reveal. Open to feel what another’s story stirs within our own memories. Open to become a larger family to help embrace those who are losing theirs.
With each moment that we have that is free from the burden of fear, we embrace hope. Allowing others to feel hope because you do not succumb to fear creates a stable field in the collective that brings balance and increased harmony. We may each have very real concerns that generate feelings of fear. Being mindful that fear is often the absence of love can create freedom.
When we love unconditionally, we have nothing to fear. This is because love is the experience of love. Love is not something that we own and can give away as we chose. Although, there are many who believe this to be true, love cannot be controlled. Those who fool themselves are only bartering their limitation of love in a negotiation that says they can never have enough.
Love is the universal language that heals all wounds and strengthens every cause. It is the unifying principle in life that bridges words into meaning. Without love, we have no hope, nor dare to live a life of joy. Love is the first expression in life and the last wish when parting in death. Love is the powerful force that lift us to be tolerant, respectful and understanding.
We each have routines that comfort us. These coping practices ground us into our known situations. Although we may find comfort in our old habits, the change we each must consider is largely beneath our collective comfort. So that, holding old belief patterns or familiar stories may limit our potential to progress and adapt new ideas as a catalyst for good.
Believing in anything presents challenges. Especially, if those beliefs are newly formed and haven’t been part of our personal experiences. It is vital to remain open both mentally and emotionally as we take these inspired and intentional steps toward a future of equality and unity.
We don’t normally catch our own bias when they are operating within our mindsets. That’s why it’s so useful to listen to other people’s perspectives to test where we may have hidden treasure under a shadow of fear. When we think of prejudice or bias, we might associate it with ethnicity, race, gender or even sexual orientation. Yet, the real limitation within a bias is the shadow it cast within that hides all the freedom of expression that gets associated with that prejudice.
When we label anything as unappealing and place it into the shadow, it become an unhealed wound. Only through consciously bringing light and awareness into what’s hidden can we release what’s needing to be integrated back in wholeness. This is an important and often tender process, whether it’s an individual’s work or global initiatives.
The key to change may be found in cultivating faith in the power that leads us from within our hearts. Within each of us beats a heart full of awareness. We are carriers of good news, kind actions, compassionate speech and peaceful thoughts. The potential that has arrived in this moment speaks to how we wish to be in our hearts. Those sparks of awareness that shine have incredible power to generate hope, love, peace, compassion, understanding, harmony and yes, real change.