April 17, 2018
My goal is to be of the best possible service to my country and humanity – often I struggle with trying to know what that means.
Along with working on completing some of the political commentary videos I have partially finished, I will soon be recording a series of meditations to help whomever is interested to let go of some of her/his politically-induced anxiety in order to create more balance in his/her life.
Look for the meditations in the near future.
The key here is to find ways to refill our souls with positive energy that will keep us healthy. By caring for ourselves we can be more productive and more effective in standing up to and speaking out against the elements that would destroy our Democracy and steal as much as possible from the American citizens and immigrants who help this country to function.
Not that you asked, but my advice is to choose one or two issues that you really feel passionate about and take what action you can – while remembering that you don’t do anyone any good if you get too stressed-out to function.
Meditating has always been an incredibly good source of equilibrium for me. I recently spent several days at a retreat where we worked, ate, and sat in silence and prayer for much of the day. After listening to the silence and focusing on letting go of trivial, petty issues that kept trying to barge into my consciousness, I was finally able to get some much-needed room in my mind so that I could hear the deeper messages that always guide me in a good direction. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting I am able to be peaceful and follow my better nature all the time; I struggle with how to use anger effectively. Anger supplies us with a lot of energy and I can chose to use it productively, or I can choose to lash out at others. Again, I’m not suggesting I can do this well, or consistently. What I am suggesting is that being aware of how I use my angry energy seems like a worthwhile goal.
Meditation often brings up painful issues for me. Facing and working through the old personal issues (like how to use my angry energy) that keep getting me off track is often challenging; these are usually old wounds that keep resurfacing because I have not yet dealt with them effectively. All of us do better when we are able to identify the unconscious knee-jerk reactionary thoughts and defense strategies that we needed when we were growing up, so that we can make healthier, more conscious decisions going forward. If we do not change, we cannot grow.
And as Helen Keller said:
Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.
Democracy is beautiful, and America is an amazing country worth keeping ourselves healthy for so that we can defend it.
Again, look for the meditations in the near future.
Mount Baker photo by c.zaitz 2017