I'm off to Winterpeg to visit family. I hope all of you have an enjoyable few weeks. If you are feeling alone and not enjoying the season much then Shane Koyczan's talk might bring you a lift just knowing you are not alone.
So the Paris Climate talks have resulted in an almost unanimous agreement world wide to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases that will be LEGALLY binding. This is HUGE. Why am I writing about this in a blog post about resilience and hope you ask? Well because until everyone in the world realizes that we are all connected: environmentally, energetically, emotionally, economically etc, then we will continue to hurt one another. This contract gives me hope that the leaders of our countries are beginning to realize that. And whatever the leaders are modelling at the top of any system ripple effects down to the bottom. Shared power, healthy communication, personal responsibility and love can be found at the heart of any healthy system. In a week where one of our world leaders (Trump) behaved like a racist, I was thrilled that it was counterbalanced by a show of teamwork and responsibility for our planet at the Paris talks. There is hope for the world. And that matters. We all matter. Even Trump.....as disconnected as he is. In honour of the climate talks I'd like to recommend a book by Douglas Wood if you are buying for your kids this season. It is beautifully written and the watercolour paintings are exquisite! If the term GOD bothers you in the book then substitute "Good Orderly Direction". All religions invite us not to do unto others what we would not want to have done to us. We are saving ourselves when we take care of our bodies and the earth. This is the season that many religions have celebrations. It's nice that the climate talks have resulted in the kind of collaboration that needs to happen if we are going to heal ourselves spiritually and emotionally too.
I will be away until the end of the year. I hope each and every one of you are able to find some kind of positive connection in the next few weeks be it in nature, with family, friends or within yourself. Keep looking for signs of hope. That matters and you matter. Namaste.
I know that this is a season that is busy and triggering and full of all of the highs and lows of life! It's a time when the joys of children's concerts and parties collide with the stress of trying to juggle family, friends and work commitments and the grief of lost loved ones. Oh.....and would you mind just fitting in buying presents and completely decorating your house too please? And even if you aren't Christian and participating in these traditions then you can still be triggered by the fact that you are not a part of mainstream and during this next month you will be reminded of it every time you go into a grocery store or mall and have to deal with the frenetic crowd of shoppers and store clerks. And really......what we all need to do is remember. Remember that each person you come into contact with matters more than the gift or the length of the line-up or the political correctness of whether they wished you a Merry Christmas or a Season's Greetings. We are all just human beings doing our best and trying to cope during a hectic and often difficult season. Each of us has a responsibility to try to create Peace on Earth regardless of the faith we come from. That means we each need to learn how to calm ourselves, be patient, work to get ourselves out of feeling overwhelmed and treat everyone that we meet in a way that lets them know that they matter. That they have value here on this planet and that you intend to treat them with respect. The personal IS political. When we take responsibility for being 'response'-able, instead of reactive, we will create Peace on Earth wherever we go. That's the ideal anyway. Take a deep breath. OK December....bring it on!
Enjoy this beautiful song about Peace on Earth!