Tara Brach leads off her talk with Congressman Tim Ryan with the idea that we are all looking for a sense of ‘hopefulness’. It’s the hopefulness that comes when you see someone, like Tim and the work of Mindful Nation, who is taking great steps to change the world for the greater good. It comes with powerful intentions and a strong vision, and it helps us realize what is truly possible for the healing of our world.
We need leaders. Uplifting leaders.
We need leaders who embody mindful awareness, exude brightness, light, clarity, and open heartedness. So many of us dream of having skilled politicians and leaders who make a difference in the world; people who are guided by kindness, compassion, and wisdom.
I believe it’s possible.
What we need right now is to slow down, to go inside ourselves and educate our hearts. I have been encouraging this for many years…but it’s time to act.
The change is happening slowly. We all want a less complex, simplified way of working and living our lives. The good news is We Have A Choice but we all have a role to play.
We are going to change things…
Tim goes on to to say that we’re asking people to slow down in a time when we’re fraught with economic inequality, a failing healthcare system, deep environmental issues, and more. An average teenager in our society sends out 3000 text messages per month; the rate of technology growth is doubling every 18 months; most of the country is sleep deprived; people are working harder and longer and making less than they were a few years ago. In order to survive, we simply must teach people basic skills to live in this world. It’s the right thing to do.
When we become aware, grounded, and centred, we awaken and our Spirit comes alive. When we work on ourselves with great kindness and compassion, we illuminate that positivity out into the world.
Mindfulness, or the lack thereof, greatly affects our politics. We’ve seen the recent debacles in many levels of our governments. This proves that we need, more than ever before, compassionate heart-centred leaders who are committed to breaking down the corrupt systems that we have allowed to flourish. I feel sad when I reflect on our current state of affairs, but I’m compelled to take action and I hope you will too. After all, it begins with you and me.
A few months ago, I was compelled to write to Parliamentary leaders. I have the ideas, the connection, and the self-awareness to fuel the positive mindful change that we need to see in this world. I called our leaders to action because I believe in a world where all can be at peace. We need to lead from this belief…and we need to hold our leaders accountable to it.
I was inspired to write this post after the Uplift monthly meditation. I shared in our discussion that I wrote to our leaders in Ottawa. It wasn’t my intention to share this with the group but I am so happy I did. I received the support I needed to take it to the next step of my journey. The lovely beings at the meditation that evening are my Angels (you all know who you are). I feel so grateful to be supported on this journey and to know that we are all supported in doing what we need to do.
Listen. Listen to your cues and pay attention to your messengers.
This is my dream. We all have them because they are how we are meant to live our lives. I wish this for you.
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
~ Albert Einstein
Love and light,