I recently had cause to be reading three books at the same time. (I never do this)
The result is a mind altering ideologies regarding myself and the world regarding accountability and spirituality. I have shared the concepts that have stuck with me and caused me to ponder with people I know and have met along the journey, most have found these concepts worthy of discussion too.
Here is one of them:
“The world feels high lonesome and heartbroken to me right now. We’ve sorted ourselves into factions based on our politics and ideology. We’re lonely and un-tethered. Scared. So damn scared.
But rather than coming together and sharing our experiences through song and story, we’re screaming at one another from further and further away.
Rather than dancing and praying together, we’re running from one another.
Rather than pitching wild and innovative new ideas that could potentially change everything, we’re staying quiet and small in our bunkers and loud in our echo chambers.
I can only conclude our world is in a collective Spiritual Crisis.
Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion.” – Brene Brown
“Addressing this crisis will require a tremendous amount of courage. For the moment, most of us are either making the choice to protect ourselves from conflict, discomfort, and vulnerability by staying by staying quiet, or picking sides and in the process slowly and paradoxically adopting the behavior of the people we’re fighting. Either way, the choices we’re making to protect our beliefs and ourselves are leaving us disconnected, afraid and lonely. Very few people are working on connection outside the lines drawn by “their side.” Finding love and true belonging in our shared humanity is going to take tremendous resolution.”
Removal of the Cynicism and Distrust we have created within our cultures, that has such a powerful stranglehold on our hearts, it will take a cognizant reconstruction of our thoughts and beliefs to be free thinking. Mindful movement towards our inextricable connection as a people, with a vision of sharing and caring will need to be a full on movement if we are to succeed.
For a while we may need to be “Braving The Wilderness” (Brene Brown) and stand alone until we find our tribe and seek to make it grow, one person at a time.
Here are 4 suggestions from Brene Brown’s book, one of the three that I am reading;
1) People Are Hard to Hate Close Up. Move In.
2) Speak Truth to Bullshit. Be Civil.
3) Hold Hands. With Strangers.
4) Strong Back. Soft Front. Wild Heart.
Pericles- “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone mountains, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
May each of us make a more cognizant choice each day to be more Human & Kind. To seek out the opportunity to be more Spiritual. More Open Hearted. More than we were yesterday. Evolve.
OH, I forgot to mention the other books I was reading….Oops!
The Five Agreements by Ruiz
The Book of Mormon, Scripture