I spent the last few days at Sister Giant conference in Washington, DC with Marianne Williamson presenting “Creating a Politics of Love.” Over 1,700 people were live with us in the room and over 4,000 via livestream.
An incredible gathering for like-minded individuals and those of us longing to make a difference by understanding first of all how we got here, and then where we go from here using tools and perspectives that define anew this nation.
While still processing and putting together my thoughts and takeaways, this morning what was in my mind was Marianne’s book “A Return to Love” which I bought 20 years ago to the day.
It was one of the first books I got when I moved to US, which introduced me to a different frame of spirituality than I was used to.
Then following my meditation, I was thinking of Marianne’s remarks on how can people live and operate without some form of meditation, prayer or connection to a higher source.
I smiled because in the past I have made the same remarks but for yoga, and how can people live without some form of physical practice that brings them back to their heart and in their body. From this, my thoughts moved on to the topic of a return to inner stillness.
I find it is impossible to stay sane and hopeful at this time in America (and in other parts of the world) with what is going on, with what is broadcasted hourly on the news and the internet. It is impossible.
There are two choices: you either keep listening to everything, getting upset and depressed, numbing out, seeing nightmares, and sinking into a state of despair that permeates your daily life, OR, you listen in some, get informed, check the facts, re-center within, join with other like-minded individuals, and take action (at whatever level) to change, to effect what is happening.
Action, doing anything that takes you out of your routine – whether mental, emotional or physical – is what heals despair and mental disturbances. At the same time, tuning in to Oneself through quiet time, reflection and meditation is not anymore a luxury or something reserved for a special occasion. It is a necessity, it is non-negotiable.
It is the first step towards conscious living. It is the first step towards developing our inner alignment so that we can stay emotionally poised and true to our values and integrity, and so that we may embrace our courage of conviction and act in whatever way inspires us.
Because at the end of the day it is through us, each and every one of us, that change and societal transformation will come.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead