Many of you know I meditate, practice yoga, and think about the World and situations slightly different than the average gal. Right when we moved to Bahrain, in fact the same week we moved here, there was a slew of suicide bombings and mass shootings. Reading the news was depressing, sad, frustrating, and for me, motivating. Motivating because it made me really sit and meditate more, dig deep into my own fears, pray, send out more love, contemplate life, and question why we are all here together at this time.
Eventually, the big move, suicide bombings, missing my family, friends, and dogs, and trying to find a new home got to me and I lost it. I just downright lost it. Balling. Crying. And so sad for the World we live in. Why? How? WTF? Can’t we all just get along? I know it sounds so cliche but I know I was sobbing those words out loud. Through years of a committed yoga sadhana practice, I now know when I start to feel like the external (environment, situation, reactions) is affecting my internal peace, it’s time for a little reflection exercise*. With puffy eyes and little sob to my breath, I got paper and pen and wrote at the top “What I wish for the World.” Then, I wrote.
I want people to wake up. To take responsibility for their life and footprint on this planet in this infinitesimal amount of time we are here. To realize they do make a difference and every action, word, though creates a ripple. To take responsibility for their physical health. Mental health. Emotional health. Spiritual health. To not fear but live. To stand tall in their physical body and be able to say in the mirror, “I love you.” To not get attached to the thoughts and monkey mind. To see others and other situations as a reflection of themselves. To not be beat down by challenge but to rise up and see it as an opportunity to learn, grow, and become wiser. To be okay with not knowing. To be okay with stillness. To love more than hate. To be aware. To stand up for your beliefs while being flexible enough to learn new things and change your beliefs. To create more smiles than frowns. To leave a place in a better mood than when you arrived. To not take anything for granted. To thank God for everything in your life. To let go of what people told you to think and believe and to think and believe for yourself. To share your passions with the World. To apologize when needed but to not give up your personal power. That’s it. My wish for the World.
I was so mad and angry when I first started writing but by the end I felt like I had gotten something out. My breath had calmed down and I felt more at peace.
Recently, while I was unpacking and settling into our new villa, I found this piece of paper. I read it again. I was both embarrassed and totally inspired. Embarrassed because it reads as if I have this all figured out myself, which I don’t. Inspired because it sounds like a calling from within, a call to action to step up my own game as a member of this human tribe and to really live this way too. By theory, I totally 100% believe in everything I wrote. In action, life is not always 100% of what I believe. So, when I read this, I feel inspired to make my actions align with my beliefs.
So why share this? Because if you look at the external–the news, world politics, race relations–it’s easy to point the finger, to get upset, and feel helpless. But remember, when you point the finger, there are three fingers pointing back at you. It’s also the 15th anniversary memorial of 9/11. For many people, this day represents a turning point in perspective. The ripple affects of September 11, 2001 are still felt worldwide. Indeed, it’s a day of reflection. There are many ways to reflect. I’m not biased to one way or another. I do believe it’s beneficial for people to do self-reflection often though. So if you’ve never done this type of self-reflection exercise, I encourage you to do it. It is powerful. Get a piece of paper, write “What I wish for the World” and just start writing without judgement or holding back. Put it aside for a few hours or weeks. Then read it and see how what you wrote reflects your own current life. Are the theories and daily actions aligned? In this reflection, hopefully you will glean insight into how your external environment and internal beliefs are aligned or not. Some of you may even be inspired to be your own change you wish to see in the World.
Life is messy and confusing sometimes. It can seem like life can be happening to us and we have no control. However, it’s an even playing field when it comes to how we respond to life. We all have the same chance to live in accordance with how and what you truly believe. What’s your wish for the World?
*In yoga, the personal practices toward uncovering one’s true nature, self inquiry (svadhyaya) is a very powerful tool for releasing anything that disturbs the mind, especially feelings of fear, frustration, worry, jealousy, hate, and attachment to name a few. The practice of self inquiry and self reflection have been very powerful tools in my own life and have played a major role in my own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing.