Stay focused and centered. Don't let the news get you down. Let your mind wander but not into negativity. Pause before acting, speaking and thinking.
This message resonates with me. I've been too immersed in the news, which can make us all crazy. It's geared to get us riled up. The 4th of July, a holiday I've never been fond of, broke me apart this year. Since moving back to California I've had many of these moments, but yesterday made me realize a fundamental truth. If we come together as community to watch a funny little parade, there is no separation. This supposed separation is created to induce anger and chaos. And in many cases it has succeeded. But if we step back, take the pause, there is no difference between us. We are all human beings on the planet struggling to find our place and learn why we are here.
Making judgements about others is folly. We can never know what it is to walk in another's shoes. And this goes for everyone, even the ones we want to hate. But yesterday I thought to myself, 'what if you just concentrate on where you are?' There is no point in getting lost in causes that are beyond our ability to change. But locally we just might have a voice. And like noticing the bee on the lavender plant, there is so much around us to consider.
My heart is full right now. I live amongst the redwoods. There is fog nearly every morning, the mist that feeds them. It comes from the ocean a mile away. And when the sun appears it is soft, not harsh like the light from the sun in Tucson, from where I moved. Tucson has its own beauty but I needed trees, fog, the sea air, for my body and my soul--And I just realized that I needed community.
Thanks for reading!