Don’t be afraid to be alone with your thoughts.
Turn them upside down, inside out, explore them until they feel wrong and then feel right again.
Don’t be afraid of the changes you may see in your mind.
Work to better understand yourself.
Be alone and discover yourself, it is a journey without end.
Even my cats understand that water is life.
I have one cat that will literally drink water from anything…a bowl, the sink, the toilet if you let him, even the snow off your shoes. Animals understand the importance of natural resources. (My cats even cherish every box and bag made from every tree we destroy.)
We know that we are made up of mostly water, we know we need it to survive, but we forget how important it is anyways. We start to filter our water at home for freshness or we buy from fresher sources overseas where it is yet untainted and all this as we continuously destroy the resources around us, in the name of money and progress. Water is life if we destroy our water sources we destroy ourselves.
We think of karma in terms of how we treat each other. Karma is also determined by how we treat Mother Earth.
Mother Earth is precious. Water is Life.
Can diving deep into our own family histories help us better understand and be more compassionate to others?
I have been wondering how to write this for awhile now.
Many of us have pride in our heritage, however, many of us never divide deep and see what really lies in the decades and centuries past.
I can trace one of my family lines back to around the 700s in Scotland. I can trace other roots to Sheriffs and Knights in Nottingham, England. I also have relatives from the Azores.
My personal levels of understanding and compassion, however, come from different lines of my family history. I recently stood in Plymouth on The National Day of Mourning, on the side of the Native Americans, and on the side of mother nature. (Water is life.) While there I also walked by a store named after a distant relative who came over on the Mayflower, and who’s son was accused in the Salem witch trails. ( Accused, most likely, for being allied with the Native Abenaki.) I also have Native American Ancestry (Penobscot and Cherokee, perhaps others.)
I am a product of more than one side of history. This has allowed me not to hate anyone group of people, but to examine people’s actions on an individual level. If people in my time are doing things, that harm others, their rights, or mother earth I will stand up to it. I will condone past negative actions of some of my ancestors and praise the ones that tried to be kind and break down boundaries. I hope to do a DNA test some day to explore my ancestry even more.
In short, I believe that if more of us traced, and understood the history and actions of our ancestors, many, if not most of us, would see we are descended from many groups of people and not just the ones passed down by word of mouth. The more we can see how we are interconnected as people, the more we understand and the less hate we bring to the table, and the more compassion we may be capable of the developing.
Understanding ourselves, helps us understand others.
PS. If you’ve ever been interested in family history or DNA test, I implore you to explore them, especially if you find yourself lost in this divided world. You never know what kind of insight you’ll find.
There are many religious that teach kindness and tolerance but still don’t teach full acceptance for certain types of people and groups of people. People in many faiths and spiritual paths have to choose to accept people fully beyond the constrictions of their faith. This is a good thing. I hope this is a growing idea.
Not wanting there to be a divide between doctrine and personal belief. I chose to follow another path. My belief system does not teach hate, mere tolerance, or partial acceptance, it teaches acceptance for all. It teaches me to live my life in a way that causes no harm to other living beings AND makes me happy. (Yes, unfortunately, there are a few of my faith, who do hold prejudices and not don’t acceptance some. The minority.) However, you will find no word of doctrine, teaching you not to accept someone.
My belief system does not teach hate, mere tolerance, or partial acceptance, it teaches acceptance for all. It teaches me to live my life in a way that causes no harm to other living beings AND makes me happy. If they are unkind, unfair, or evil, we may guard ourselves, but pretty much they only qualifier is if you are good, and fair you are accepted. No doctrine otherwise.
I wish this was the kind of world we all lived in. If we could all follow our own paths, beliefs, and religions but take out the parts teaching us to only tolerance of some, or even hate others, what a beautiful kind world it would be.
A sperm whale stores oxygen in its muscles at the surface, so it doesn’t get crushed by diving deep into the ocean. (Its lungs collapse at great depths.) We as humans cannot do that. However, don’t forget the power of breathing. Breathe in some fresh air and linger on it today. Remember to breathe when you’re upset, overwhelmed or angry. Take a deep breath outside this morning and feel the energy in the air mother earth provides for you.