I don’t know about you, but if I’m not careful, I can easily let what’s happening in the world get me down. Terrorist attacks, racial injustice, the elections in the US, the British vote to leave Europe, hate crimes, desperate people fleeing their countries, fires here, floods there – the list seems endless and often overwhelming.
I also understand enough about how “thoughts become things” to realize that the current state of our global, national, and local communities is a reflection of what is going on inside each of us individually. If you are on this website, I suspect you do too. And we know that if we shift what’s going on inside us, we each can play our unique role in shifting the outside world.
That’s why I’ve been focusing on what’s bothering me about local and world affairs. My intention is to glean what my negative thoughts and feelings say about opportunities for my spiritual growth. Not surprisingly, my work with others has prompted me to adapt the process I’ve been using, and share it with you here.
As you move through this exploration of your own reactions to what’s going on these days, feel free to make changes to meet your own needs. Maybe you want to focus solely on a global perspective right now, or perhaps take the local view instead. Great, that will work.
And many of you will find it better to work with a partner, or even a group. That’s fine, too. Whether you capture your answers on paper, a computer, or a recording device also is up to you.
To find your way to peace in the world’s events, relax, and take several full breaths before you answer each of these questions:
Some people, before they’ve actually explored this process, have been concerned that it asks them to stick their heads in the sand and become Pollyanna. “What would I prefer to think and feel?! How is that important?” they ask, incredulously.
As it turns out, it’s the fear that our hopes and dreams for this world are impossible that leads to our anger and overwhelm. Chances are, however, our aspirations actually do exist in this 3-D world. But when we are in fear, it’s very hard to see that.
When we invest the time, energy, and mindfulness in looking for what our hearts and spirits truly desire, our worldview can shift. Peace becomes possible, as do wiser responses to events in the world around us.
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