I am often asked how I stay positive whilst dealing with so much bad news. Personally I have gone past positive and negative, hence duality thinking. I think this is at the root of the runaway train we now find ourselves on. Whilst the motto was to ‘stay positive’ we were compelled to ignore those facts which would not please others in the sharing. And so the train gains momentum, whilst we politely smile, organise another sporting event, chase after balls together.
It seems the top rule in our culture is to be ‘positive.’ If not, we are easily rejected, or otherwise punished. This is part of our programming from childhood. If we were sad or angry, we were not good enough. Only certain emotions were rewarded. Half of them we have to swallow or hide. Many mental health issues arise from this.
Once we realise how we are trapped by this ‘power of positive thinking’ since old Norman Vincent Peale’s days, then we can find the door to that cage. Authenticity is the new spirituality, not pretending to be cool. If we believe in the truth and embrace that, then we can make a valuable contribution to humanity.
The big fear is of that looming depression that needs to be avoided. In accepting escalating climate change – and all the other injustices in the world - we work through the entire process of grief. Much of it is hard, and depression is part of the process. However, you don’t get stuck at that point. You can move through and find a new humanity, even loving community, at the end. A huge appreciation of life – indeed the reverence, which is the founding motivation for the Green Times.
“When the mind is present in the heart, we call it happiness.”
(Betty Sue Flowers in the foreword to Healing and the Mind by Bill Moyers.)
Being present to the heart means honouring all energies emanating from inside – each one a messenger we need to welcome and learn from. These guide us on the journey of healing a wounded world, and ourselves at the same time. We ARE the environment. Following my heart is a fascinating journey of all extremes and subtleties – all contained in grace.
Are you feeling lost about the way forward? What is the best way to survive, respond, change, lead?
Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.
Enjoy the read, please comment, share and contribute.
Elma and the team
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