"...Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

-Mary Oliver

Food For Thought

The Necessity of Goodwill toward ALL

Tis the season…and yet increasingly the news is not of joy and good will. Our job, then, is to figure out how to bring it regardless of what others are doing (or not doing). As the holidays approach, it seems we get busier. And for all the songs about joy, the felt sense is rushed and frazzled. The more rushed and frazzled we are, the less likely we are to practice mindfulness and kindness…or as I read recently ,”kindfulness”.

It is time to pause now, and consider all the violence and disrespect for others, the planet, and life going on now in this world, and make sure that our daily “busy-ness” is not actually contributing to that violence. I deeply believe that the world will change through our own small steps to be present…not just give presents. A wise , open hearted compassionate presence for even the most painful and difficult people and events is the best gift we can possibly offer. And this is cultivated through practice. So in this busy season, see if it matters to slow down, to see the faces of the people around you-all of them- and honor and respect the path that they are on. Consider wishing that everyone have what they need to be their best. And remember that we all share breath and life. Take time to nourish yourself every day, especially if you think you are too busy…for it is only from a place of center and ground that we can most skillfully relate to the difficulties of life. Your daily practice is a true gift to the world, because then everyone ┬ábenefits from your calm. Let’s not underestimate the power of a single calm, clear seeing person even in a situation of chaos.

Winter is a season of turning inward for contemplation and rest. As we begin our winter season of rest with joyfulness in the holidays, let’s give our best to the people with whom we share this fragile existence. Let’s start to really see each other as real and to connect rather than judge, love rather than hate. It is time to rise to the spirit of the season and learn to love each other better. It is way past time.

“We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph.” ~Elie Wiesel

Wishing for peace on earth, healing and good will to ALL, without exception, and LOTS of love-only love, always love.