I am very concerned regarding the rhetoric around the global climate.
The quick tongued and typed shaming and blaming.
The lack of respect for individual choices and differences.
We are all free to make our own decisions based in our convictions.
And bullying masked as opinions is not acceptable.
How quick one abandons their convictions when intoxicated with fear.
Once an advocate for freedom. Now a martyr.
On International Anti-Bullying day a social justice warrior, and the next, when one’s convictions differs from their own, a bully.
I see this as a global invitation for self inquiry and transformation.
An opportunity to question everything, especially ourselves, and to sit with those questions (be still and know), write them down, and explore them:
“Question 1: Is it true?
This question can change your life. Be still and ask yourself if the thought you wrote down is true.
Question 2: Can you absolutely know it’s true?
This is another opportunity to open your mind and to go deeper into the unknown, to find the answers that live beneath what we think we know.
Question 3: How do you react—what happens—when you believe that thought?Q
With this question, you begin to notice internal cause and effect. You can see that when you believe the thought, there is a disturbance that can range from mild discomfort to fear or panic. What do you feel? How do you treat the person (or the situation) you’ve written about, how do you treat yourself, when you believe that thought? Make a list, and be specific.
Question 4: Who would you be without the thought?
Imagine yourself in the presence of that person (or in that situation), without believing the thought. How would your life be different if you didn’t have the ability to even think the stressful thought? How would you feel? Which do you prefer—life with or without the thought? Which feels kinder, more peaceful?
Turn the thought around:
The “turnaround” gives you an opportunity to experience the opposite of what you believe. Once you have found one or more turnarounds to your original statement, you are invited to find at least three specific, genuine examples of how each turnaround is true in your life.”
The Work of Byron Katie
And most importantly.
“You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.” – Pubilius Syrus