I have decided to start a blog; this venture has always held some allure although it wasn’t until I watched an incredible talk given by Adora Svitak, a twelve-year-old writer, poet, and humanitarian who travels the world promoting literacy and human rights, that I felt motivated enough to begin my own. She is certainly making an effort to make the world a better place, acknowledging her own gifts and demonstrating ways she can offer them to the world for all of our benefit. Two must-see lectures are on TED and ideaCity (http://www.ted.com/talks/adora_svitak.html & http://ideacityonline.com/video/adora-svitak ).
So it got me thinking, in what ways am I contributing to the healing of our Planet, the transformation of our society’s short-sighted pysche and the destructive economic machine it perpetuates? How am I helping to carve out of the mass hysteria a world worth living and dying for; a world which fosters the best in every individual? I want to feel elated when I walk outside, knowing that a loving world awaits me. I want to feel secure inside, knowing that I am a living expression of the love that sustains my own being. Though there persists an uneasiness, a lingering doubt that proclaims the problems of the world amounting to a total sense of hopelessness for the state of our Planet, for the billions of people living today who are deprived of the necessities for a dignified life, and all the innocent sentient creatures- from the factory farmed domesticated livestock slated for human indulgence to the wild and diverse species being driven to extinction by our insatiable desires. In an attempt to cope with the despair that comes with the witnessing of oppression and mass suffering, I like to believe it is possible to revitalize our hope and reawaken our spirits. Hope is a frequency of consciousness that transcends conventional reality; it is not dependent on certain circumstances to flower but instead can always be found deep within our hearts. I don’t mean heart as in the physical organ that circulates our blood, but that aspect of ourselves which is genuinely caring and compassionate, a spiritual organ that circulates the love within to the world without. We each have the potential to feel and express the hope we have for a better world, and by opening up in this way we can begin the process of channeling the energy of hope into a practical solution, seeing the ways we can realistically overcome the challenges that prevent each indivdual from realizing their highest potential. Solutions are the natural by-product of problems, they are one and the same, yin and yang. If we can clearly see the essence of the issues that plauge our world, we will then naturally come to the conclusions which have the potential, if acted upon, to turn the global situation around.
It is with that intention that I begin this blog. It’s a starting point for me to help focus my own thoughts and observations, a place to capture my transient perspective and commentary on life before I die.
and hopefully offering up something worth reading and reflecting upon. Namaste.