Facing the World Around Me

The last couple of weeks have been hard to swallow, as I'm sure you can understand.  I have lived my life in the recent past with the mindset, ‘Turn off the ‘News’ and LOVE your neighbor.’  As someone who picks up on all types of emotions and energies around me, I have realized the things that I need to do to stay the healthiest in mind, body, and spirit, so that I can continue to carry out what I am here to do.  Watching the news only creates anxiety and fear in me…two things that can consume on a much deeper level.  However, there is no escaping the news right now, and it got me thinking.  Is it right to cut myself off from the reality of the world around me?  Is not watching the news really cutting myself off from the world around me?   What are my views on each precious situation?  Do I have to have an opinion?  Is it right to have an opinion?  And how do I proceed?

As I began to process all of these questions and thoughts I couldn’t help but continue to hear one word…Namaste.  For many years I did not know the true meaning of this word.  Sure, at the end of a yoga practice I would put my hands together at my hearts center, bow to the teacher and say ‘Namaste,’ but it was almost like reciting a prayer in church when I was younger and having no clue what it meant besides the fact that it was the thing to do.  The instructor was doing it and everyone around me was doing it so I don’t want to look stupid and be the only one not doing it.  So, Namaste it is. 

Well, little did I know that there was a much greater meaning.  I was fortunate enough to learn the meaning from a mentor of mine.  I will never forget her beautiful words….”My soul recognizes your soul, I honour the light, love, beauty, truth and kindness within you because it is also within me, in sharing these things there is no distance and no difference between us, we are the same, we are one.”

What does this all mean?  Here’s my interpretation.  When we do the work to feel our best and release ourselves from the negative/fear based thoughts in our head, we allow ourselves to move toward love, empathy, calm, clarity, and so much more.  It allows us to operate less on impulse and more on a deeper understanding of our intuition.  Less on judgement and more on observation.  Less on envy and more on self-love.  Less on anger and hostility and more on kindness and respect.  Less on fear and more on confidence.  Less on depressing thoughts and more on happiness.  Less on pride and more on empathy.  And then ultimately it allows us to embrace the fact that ‘we are all one…only egos, beliefs, and fears separate us.”  And when we embrace this, we react differently. 

I realize that this little word kept coming back to me for a reason.  It is my intuition telling me how I need to proceed.  I have a deep respect for everyone having their own way of grieving and taking action.  My only hope is that we can all understand that on a much deeper level, that we are all one. 

This is how I will proceed….

I will face the realities of the world around me.  And at the same time, I will do the work to keep myself healthy and allow myself to continue to open up to the meaning of Namaste, so that I can approach each person I encounter with love, patience, empathy, and oneness.  I will do the work to quiet from the outside world when needed so that I can pray, meditate, and stay in tune with my own intuition…as that is what guides me to be my best.  I was blessed with everything I need and it is my right and responsibility to get clear on that so that I can respect the intuition of others.  I will not focus on whether or not I have an opinion on any other person’s precious situation, but more on how I can continue to project love, empathy, and joy into the world.  It is my responsibility… it is my assignment to the world. 

 

Lots of LOVE,

Ali