Who will you help?
What connection will you make?
What will you dare to care about?
There are so many opportunities, so many chances to find beauty or to ease suffering, that the easiest thing to do is to pretend that they don’t exist.
Because if they do exist, if that little girl will live a better life because you showed up, if that void will be filled because you cared enough to do something about it-
if we actually recognize the opportunity
that’s in front of us,
what are we going to do about it?
We’d have no choice
but to change things for the better,
to take our turn and make a difference.
What do you care enough to fix, or disrupt or invent?
Starting right here, right now.
If we are willing to suffer enough to matter,
we are able to make change happen.
Or at least we can try.
Don’t avert your eyes. Look at the opportunity.
Take it. It’s yours.
where do we fall on the spectrum in our own community, as hearts-on-fire? our experiences of truth and risk and courage and responsibility? a dedication to building a life rather than floating through a life? may we take our seat with the deepest knowing…..
A human being is part of a whole of us called the universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it´s beauty.
…… Albert Einstein
The roots of our alienation from the sensible world, from both the landscape and our own rich experience of it, are many, interwoven and tangled below the surface of the modern mind. Most fundamentally, our separation from the natural world has its source in amplified forms of dualistic thought. We want to know if something is good or bad, right or wrong, moral or immoral. Reality is cast in black-and-white terms, few distinctions are made, and there seems to be a factual answer for everything. Within dualistic forms of consciousness, distinctions tend toward divisive perspectives so that we see this or that, but not both. This disavows the relational aspect of reality and renders our experience absolutist in flavor, rigid in feel, and without texture or context. The world becomes less engaging and more easily objectified. Dualism is a defensive response to living in a world of continuous change, an interdependent reality. The lens through which the Western mind observes reality can be characterized as basically unexamined and dualistic. We tend toward the crispness of fact rather than the uncertainty of mystery; we look for the right answer and do not contemplate the possibilities suggested by the many shades of gray between right and wrong or by the speckled interpenetration of subject and object. The price we pay for such convenience is the costly dismissal of magic and mystery, of unmediated, direct experience and the sensuous life of the body…….Laura Sewall