The video (below) by Erin Janus has been making the rounds. It’s good. It lays it on thick. Even just watching half of it gets the point across: The world is out of balance. We are addicted to excess. We’ve lost our way.
But I’d like to make a suggestion if, or when you watch it: Take the message to heart andnotice what your mind does.
Racking yourself with guilt over how much stuff you have; judging the unconscious behaviors of your human brothers and sisters; and/or feeling shame for the abundance of riches you enjoy… is. not. the. answer.
Reactions like these will not create the change you wish to see in the world. (When has guilt, judgment, shame, or fear ever delivered the goods?)
Instead, I might suggest another way to embrace the inconvenient truth of stuckness and stuff: Be the change you wish to see. Focus on what’s out of balance in your life. Slow down. Simplify. Feel the feelings with compassionate awareness. Practice letting go. Cultivate self-care. Live by this – more spacious – truth:
There is no separation. When we tend our homes (with compassionate awareness), we nourish ourselves. When we care for ourselves, we come back into balance. When we restore balance, we bring peace to the world.
What is one gentle step you can take to lighten the load. Today? Now?