To Save the World, We Must First Save Ourselves
Recently a friend posted a question online about what would need to happen for our country and the world to heal and become a healthier, more loving place for all of us to live. I often ask myself this same question and ask myself what it is that I can contribute to help realize this vision for all of us.
This vision: a safer, happier, healthier, cleaner world where all people are treated with love and compassion and where everyone has their basic human needs met. It is such a beautiful vision, but raises a complex question about a very complex set of problems. And, yet, as far as I can see, the answer is truly pretty simple: if we want the world we walk in each day to be more loving, more accepting, inclusive, stable, safe and healthy, the simplest most effective answer is for each of us to to do our own healing work and to make the choices that are most appropriate to our own well-being.
The cool part about taking care of our selves instead of worrying about everyone else's business, is that focusing inward and doing our own work doesn't mean we have to be uncaring, unavailable, anti-social, or do it all alone. In fact, many of my most potent healing moments and journeys have been in community with others supporting one another as we each do our own deep work. When we show up for ourselves we also show up for and help to facilitate others: this is the magical secret sauce my friends. We are not as individual as we like to think; we are a global organism and when we care for ourselves we help the whole.
When we heal and help ourselves, we also heal and help each other.
When we heal ourselves, we're more likely to choose that which feeds and sustains us and less likely to have to lean on others for support and sustenance.
When we heal ourselves, we're more resourced to extend kindness, patience and generosity to our brothers and sisters.
When we heal ourselves, we're more likely to see the human in each other rather than the dehumanized enemy.
WHEN WE TAKE LOVING CARE OF OUR OWN LITTLE CORNERS OF THE WORLD, THE WHOLE DAMN NEIGHBORHOOD STARTS FEELING PRETTY FUCKING SWEET!
It turns out the old saying "be the change" is a cliche because it is so incredibly true...if we want the world to be a better place, we all must commit to facilitating the change within ourselves and embodying it each and every day.