“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. 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 in its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein
In times of challenge and adversity, our natural human tendency is often to close our hearts and shut down. However, if we can stay present to these feelings of pain and suffering, we see that there is actually a call asking us to allow our hearts to “break” open more fully!
We are living now in very challenging times! They have been and will continue to be. And, right now there is an emergence of the collective shadow that wants us to continue to feel ourselves as separate – separate from others, from ourselves and from our Source.
When things are calm and going smoothly, we often don’t feel the call to look within. That’s just human nature. Now is a time when we are being called to not only look within but move beyond the illusion of separation that is emerging so strongly in our worldThis is not purely about politics or election results, it’s about our future as people and community – it’s about unity! We are being called to embody this truth in our lives more fully at this time – that is clear!
Back in September, I was invited to participate on a panel for World Peace Day. We were asked if we believed peace on earth was possible and I found myself responding “Yes” and “probable, too”. That’s what my heart wanted to say at that time and at times I truly believe this. And then, there are others times when I wonder if it’s possible.
In many spiritual traditions, the Earth is seen as a school where we come to learn and grow. As we incarnate, we enter into a state of separation which we are then called to move beyond that so that we can grow and move on spiritually. If that’s so, perhaps the nature of Earth is to be in chaos and conflict; otherwise we would not grow.
And yet, I do believe, as others do, that it’s possible that as our critical mass changes and expands in compassion and unity that the energy of our world can change, too!
Right now that there is a lot of fear, anger, hurt, judgement and pain surfacing in the hearts and minds of humanity. It’s particularly strong here in the US with the energy of opposition and divisiveness that is pervading our national stage.
One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is that, although we can take steps to try and change things outside ourselves, it is essential that we work to resolve these feelings and reactions inside of ourselves. As Gandhi so beautiful shares, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” That’s really how true change happens!
And, how do we do that? The most powerful way I have seen and experienced; and that is practiced cross-culturally is through cultivating compassion. It is in opening and softening our hearts to ourselves, others and the world itself, that we can find peace amidst the challenges and chaos of our lives and our world.
How do you wish to proceed in life today?
I invite you to choose COMPASSION!
I invite you to join me and The Heart of Awakening Blog community for an 18 day journey into “Compassion Practices For Challenging Times”. 18 is a number that in some spiritual traditions, including my Jewish roots, represents life or is consider auspicious.
So we will journey together from November 21st through December 8th…
- Each evening I will share a post which will include a reflection and suggested practice for the following day.
- You will receive posts via email; and if you’d like can join a private Facebook group for sharing.
- We will also come together for 3 teleseminar calls. Dates/times TBA – all will be recorded if you cannot attend live. I will be scheduling based on who joins us and their locations.
- I will also be sharing some audios and videos with guided practices for you to explore.
Some of the practices we will explore include Loving-kindness, Gratitude, Meditation & Mindfulness, Shamanic Journeywork, Prayer, Emotional Awareness and Council.
When: November 21st – December 8th
Where: Virtually via Email, Teleseminar, Audio/Video and FB group (optional).
*Cost: Suggested Amount $27 or Heart Based Donation in any amount your heart guides you to. All Welcome!
*30% of all proceeds will be donated to a charity of the participants choice.
Come join us as we choose compassion today!