What role does spirituality play when the material world commands so much of our attention? Is there still time or room for spirit when our world is roaring with noise and emotion?
I often distance myself from the news and media. If not physically, than emotionally. As I read things, to inform myself, I temper my reactivity. I do this so that I can see clearly, so that I can process the information rather than be swayed by how the person relaying it wants me to feel.
I’ve been practicing this for so many years and it has served me well. I speak and act when I feel inspired and only from a place of clarity. When I have done otherwise in the past, I’ve always come away feeling “off” or not like myself.
In the past few days I’ve felt my emotions rise over me like the waves of an angry ocean. I listened to them. I felt with them. I let myself rise into rage and fall into sadness.
I couldn’t sit down. I couldn’t sit with this. I wanted to check in with spirit but, not yet. I wasn’t ready. I wanted to be angry. I wanted to educate myself on what was being said and to understand what was happening.
And as my waters quieted, I could hear those impulses coming from beneath the surface. They were steady, clear, and sure.
I felt into the depths of the energy field around us, I listened. And I thought…spirituality isn’t about denying or looking away from that which needs to be seen. To me, it’s about listening even more deeply. Feeling deeply into that which is asking to be heard.
So here’s a practice for you that might be of use right now. After you’ve felt your highest pitch of emotions. When you have a moment of respite, sit with yourself. All those emotions were telling you something, paving the way for change.
Ask yourself, what do I want to see in this world? What feels right to me? Who needs to be uplifted? What needs to change?
Focus on the change you would like to see. Feel it out. See it in your mind. Hold it and set it into your heart. Now have an intention:
This vision will guide my words. This vision will guide my actions. My beliefs support this vision. This vision will guide how I interact with the world. Not only will I be the change I wish to see, but I will be an active participant influencing that change in others. I will participate naturally, organically as guided by my vision. I will know it so well, that I can’t help but weave it into everything I touch.
Do not be afraid or overwhelmed. We are no strangers to unrest, or even chaos. The natural world is full of chaos and yet, completely in harmony with itself. We move in waves of change, always striving for better.
There is a place inside of you that is steady. It is calm. Close your eyes and listen, you’ll find it. It’s humming in tune with love and knowing. It connects you with the next step in our evolution. It connects you with all the hearts that are there, ready and waiting.
We have never, and will never, live in a Utopian society. Why? Because we are dynamic beings. Our needs will always change. We will always discover more, learn more, change our minds about what is right and what we want. Perfection is not the goal, but improvement is absolutely the goal.
It takes listening, flexibility, and believing in our ability to be better than before. This is how life moves. We can do this, because we know how. We’re really good at it. It’s just time for the next update, and here we are, Ready.