Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. –Rumi
It’s November now and and as we slip toward the end of the calendar year, I can’t help but notice the darkness. It’s both the physical darkness here in Canada, soon to be more as we change our clocks and head toward the winter solstice, but also the broader social darkness in the world. It seems there is a heaviness like I have never noticed before.
There are moments I simply don’t want to plug into the daily news cycle. I’d rather not acknowledge the difficulties this world is facing. The privilege of not having to notice, of actually having that choice, instead of being forced to endure unthinkable things, is staggering. And while it is technically possible for me to choose to ignore this dark age for now, it doesn’t make a lot of sense and here’s why:
We are all connected. Every person, every family, each neighbourhood and country. All the flora and fauna, each river and ocean, the forests and deserts, the atmosphere, and depending on your beliefs, as far beyond as you can fathom. All of it, inextricably connected. Forever.
Which means each shift affects you. And how you choose to live ripples out to others as well. The way we choose to live our lives matters. First, to ourselves and those closest to us, but then to others and our environment. The more we offer a hand to another, share a smile or transmute our own pain without need for sharing it with others, the more we practice our innate capacity to heal. It is from that place of wholeness that we can work together to solve anything.
So, we do not have to suffer under the pressure of the dark. We don’t even have to avoid it. All we need to begin to create change is remember that we cannot possibly exisit in isolation and keep our hearts soft enough to continue feel our way along our chosen paths on the long road home to love.