Sunday mornings are great opportunities for deep conversation and reflection. Religious gatherings. Meditation. Or simply being.
It puts us in a place of humble non-denial. Or – more aptly – in a place of complacency or ignoring reality.
My Sunday reflection while listening to beautiful piano music by a local artist – is this: We are made from nature. And we as humans – are – each one of us – mortal. We are only here a short time. And what we do – matters.
Why is it then that we are bent on ignoring reality and determined to ‘control’ what truly isn’t ours to control?
I enter a room with a nearby birch tree housing a nest of robins outside. Momma robin flies away every time I approach the window. I am nature. Robin is nature. She is detracting my attention away from the nest. It is for survival. Nature and Nature. Right here. This. Is. Earth. We are in this together.
I am not standing at a pulpit giving a sermon. Maybe in a past life I was?????
Lately I have felt more stir-crazy, because people are turning such a blind eye. I feel like someone has to say something. To wake us up! I say “Us” because no one is perfect. That includes me, myself, and I.
And as I say that I shake my head, and say “How can we go on with all of this mindset for destruction and control in this world?” Corrupt Governments? White Supremacy? Family separation? Border Walls? Lack of Women’s Rights? Racism? Global Warming? Threats of Nuclear War? Climate Change? Torture? Religious Inequity? Those are just the first things that come to my mind. I know there are many I have not listed – and they are NO LESS important!
We have created the world we live in – with all of the control factors in place. Via; Moral codes. The Haves vs the Have Nots. Patriarchal society. Deforestation. Consumption. Lack of Environmental responsibility. Demand for border walls. Hierarchy on many levels too numerous to mention without all of us feeling disgust or anger – or sorrow.
Did you catch that? I said “WE”. As in ‘we all are responsible’. It is a matter of ‘not standing up’ for what is morally and ethically right.
I was a catholic school girl in the early 60’s. I remember learning that we are just as guilty of atrocities even though we may not have ‘committed’ the act – by standing by and not doing a thing.
Well, I have a theory about that and I will share my thoughts here with you. (This is my blog – so I can do that! 😀 You can quit reading if you so choose….
I am a deep thinker. Many of you know that. I am also very spiritual. I have read many books in my lifetime that share different belief systems. And I find one overarching element that many refuse to acknowledge. It does not matter what religion you are – or are not. Look in any faith based doctrine – and it will be found in some way, shape, or form, embedded in its core.
“Treat others as you would want to be treated.”
I travel through Facebook, and other means of social connection – How can WE stand here and allow others to implement controls that destroy basic elements of existence? Are we treating others as we want to be treated? Are we holding people accountable? Including ourselves?
Segway: Last evening I was at an art reception, and a patron shared a humorous parable he had passed on to his children. “You can pick your nose. You can pick your friends. But you can not pick your friend’s nose.” He chuckled, and in the same conversation he mentioned that one can see the true character of another – by the friends they keep. A wise man.
So where are we? How did we get here? How can we change our path?
By being kind. And acting the “treat others as you would want to be treated”.
It truly would change the world wouldn’t it?
It can. And it will. If we live by the moral code.
There are many who believe our Creator (whomever that is or looks like to you) is in and of us.
Let’s look at that for a second – for those who are Catholic, Lutheran, or similar – hmmmm….communion. Not so off is it?
Does this change your course of thinking? I do not consider myself ‘Catholic’ anymore and yes, my way of thinking has changed!
“We are one and all – connected”. Experiencing life to learn, to experience, to grow, to reach a more aware and higher place of being. Does that reflect your means of thinking? Being mindful of each and every influence, or cause, or action we take. Because in the end – we are affecting ALL.
My request of you. Be mindful. Stand up. Treat others as you would want to be treated.
Living fully – carving a life,