Recent events including the natural disasters in Japan and the United States and the growing support for the far-right nationalist parties all over Europe, the atmosphere of fear generated by the death of Osama bin Laden along with the crisis of the Euro zone can make the world seem hopeless and doomed. The great shift of 2012 is coming, say New Age enthusiasts. The planet cannot sustain us much longer, say environmentalists. We must cap immigration, say nationalists. Our economy is in crisis, say politicians.
All of us are saying, or at least thinking: ‘They shouldn’t be doing that (whatever that means!), but should be doing this instead. My way is better, more enlightened, tolerant, just.’ But how can we know who’s right or wrong when opinions are always subjective?
How should we react to all this? Do we become suspicious and fearful, demanding justice and pointing fingers at people or groups whose ideas we cannot accept, or do we focus on what we want to nurture, grow and love? Are we fighting for something or against something else?
Living compassionately doesn’t mean becoming passive and refraining from taking action. It means staying grounded and silent within and acting from a place that is love rather than fear. It means seeing the world as a friendly place that is full of hope and believing life is on your side. It means demonstrating values that speak to us – tolerance, love, acceptance, compassion – in our everyday lives, rather than putting our energy into the very thing we disagreed with in the first place. The Law of Attraction says that what we focus on grows. We become what we think about.
We all want justice. We all want to see the wrongs righted. Love wins.
Perhaps it’s time to think about choice. Do we choose to be pro love, or against hate? This is something I’ll try to remember when I’m next tempted to start pointing fingers. Feel the love.
“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr**
**NB. The above quote has commonly been attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr, but the origin has never been confirmed.