LOVE IS THE ANSWER~
When we act from love rather than fear and greed we have much more power to make positive change for us, those we care about and our planet.
This may seem cliché, however, it could not be more true -- especially now. Most of us right now are in survival mode. The world is shaking, literally, with earthquakes on the East Coast of the U.S. and all over the world. Our financial systems are on shaky ground, with wild gyrations in the markets worldwide. And most of us are experiencing a heightened state of alert and stress.
At times like these, the tendency for most of us is to shut down and hold tight to what we know, without realizing that is the very thing that is making everything appear more difficult. Albert Einstein said: "We cannot solve a problem on the same level we created it." He also said: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result."
What if we all took an inner step back and looked for a higher or better solution?
In my experience, the now always contains solutions to every issue or problem. We often miss these solutions because we react to what is happening as opposed to actually dealing with what is. When we are reacting, we are not dealing with what is. We are dealing with what was and what might be. For instance, if you are in the middle of an earthquake and you are dealing with what is, you will have the presence of mind to either stand in a door jam or leave the building, rather than panicking and freezing in place.
But right now many of us are caught in a cycle of fear and greed, which causes us to freeze like a dear in the headlights. This is not just happening to us personally, but it is happening in our governments as well. Look at how much trouble the U.S. just went through in simply dealing with raising the debt ceiling.
This all gets reinforced because most of us act as though it is "me" against the world. Yet, there is another more powerful way for us all to move forward.
What if we all started doing our best to simply treat each other like we would like to be treated?
What if we all started treating each other with even a little more loving kindness?
What if we all simply allowed ourselves to act from love rather than greed and fear?
This is not new. It is something that has been recommended by all the major religions for thousands of years.
In my opinion, we can no longer play it safe and wait for someone else to act with integrity and love first. We all have the opportunity in our interactions with each other to simply start to stretch in this direction. It is not hard. It feels great. And it has very powerful repercussions, both individually and for our world.
It is okay to start with little things! Allow yourself to experiment with some of these simple actions:
•Smile at someone who seems down or just because they are there
•Offer a helping hand to someone who needs support
•Give to others without wanting something back in return
•Turn your judgments of others into love (This is just a decision!)
•Act with a little more consideration for how it will affect everyone, not just you
•Fully listen to people as they share who they are and what they experience
•Act with a little more compassion and loving kindness
•Let go of the fear and greed and uncover the love that is already in your heart now
These are just a few suggestions. You can think bigger too, like taking constructive action to support causes that help the world. I would recommend that you create your own action list and get into loving action now.
You may feel like this is a dangerous approach to life; however, if you are open to exploring this you will find the exact opposite is true. Love is the most powerful force in the universe! And when we act from love rather than fear and greed we have much more power to make positive change for us, those we care about and our planet.
What you are doing to support positive change for yourself and the planet? Together we can find a better way.
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