Life is not all rainbows, so how do you respond to these crazy times?
I choose love. And I do things that help keep me sane. Here are three:
News fasting – I turn off the news. A steady diet of violence and negativity makes people, me included, feel depressed and helpless. Now more than ever we need people who are tuned in to a higher channel aligned with the Highest Good and Divine Love. When I am not sure of next steps, I ask myself the question: “What would Love do?” Then I imagine breathing through my heart and listen to what my heart says.
Look for beauty – I notice the pile of dirty dishes in the sink and the stinky garbage that needs to go out, and don’t give them much energy. I choose to direct my energy and savor the yellow leaves turning orange, the reflection of the wind moving tree branches in my picture frame, and the sound of wind chimes on my doorstep. I pay attention to what is right with the world and drink it in. I let the goodness and beauty in the world refresh and nourish me. I look for stories of people making positive contributions to others. The more goodness I see the more goodness and beauty I see.
Random acts of kindness – In our spiritual community, the middle schoolers painted rocks with positive messages like: I AM ENOUGH, KINDNESS, and JOY. When the rocks were dry, we walked around the neighborhood and left KINDNESS ROCKS where people would find them. We left LOVE, EQUALITY and PEACE on the steps of a mosque. The kids came back from the excursion with warm hearts after depositing little nuggets of kindness in the world.
What do you do to stay sane during these crazy times? Please share your positive contributions in the comments and spread the love!
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4 thoughts on “Choose Love”
Today, Call someone you love and care about. “Listen to someone today.”
Yes, the more we share heart-felt connections with others, the more we feel appreciated and supported. That’s good for the heart.
Beautiful suggestions, Leah!
I remind myself – and aim to feel it in my entire body – that the Universe loves and holds all of us, tenderly and lovingly. To me, this is the true nature of reality, and it is exquisite to re-member it. If I am feeling a little down or alone, I focus this body-knowing on how the Universe loves and holds *me*. If I am aware of the suffering of others, I start with my own body and then visualize this blissful feeling extending to all beings. This body-prayer comes most easily to me if I am able to step outside and absorb the sensations of living on this earth – the sights, sounds, smells, textures – the beautiful energy of earth and sky.
On the lighter side, laughter! Truly, truly medicine.
Thank you for this post. The more we help each other in these ways, the better.
I love body-prayers and feeling the connection to all life. It makes me feel more alive and whole.