You open your eyes in the morning. You fire up your smartphone. You turn on the TV. You see endless amounts of calamity, police shootings, famine, war, more war, animal abuse. Day after day, month after month. You think – well, maybe you don’t- ‘when is the tipping point, when will great news overpower sad ones?’ How come in this day and age we still fight one another and have little reverence for all kinds of lives: humans and non-humans. It is disconnection. It is the Great Forgetting.
Most of us forgot that we are one, that we are all connected, we all have the same right to be happy, to thrive, to blossom, to love, to feel, to smile; humans and non-humans alike. We forgot because we are too busy getting stuff, and more stuff, more money and more ‘things’ and fleeting one-night stands through the myriad of dating apps.
We are too busy, constantly running from the artistry of stillness. Because it is from that stillness that we are able to see the world as a magical place, the fascinating truth that we live on this spinning mass in the middle of absolutely nowhere and that we are all together on this planet. The extraordinary idea that you wake up every morning with thousands of possibilities, hundreds of people to meet, hundreds of ways to connect and share love and compassion- is exhilarating. But for me, I have to first be still to know and understand that and to see others as fellow travelers, sharing stories and lessons. I have to sit still to experience my divinity and extreme luck to be alive and to understand that you, fellow traveller, are in the same boat.
I have to be still to understand that it is my responsibility to care for my blind dog, my spiritually hungry students, my water hungry state, my polluted air, my species on the verge of extinction and it is my responsibility to share with you what I know and what I have found…and it all comes from stillness. I share it with you so you can too sit still, maybe only for five minutes each day- and revel on the miracles of life. From that space you’ll no longer fight, you will no longer run, you will no longer fear, you will smile at your steroid-like thoughts and you will understand that the end of violence lies in stillness, it lies in compassion, it lies in truly seeing others as they are, as you are. You can start today, you can start tomorrow and share what you have found so the verity of meditation can spread like ripples in a pond, ripples wide enough to cover the whole entire planet.
Originally Posted on April 13, 2015