Watching the news lately is a roller coaster ride... with the Royal wedding of Harry and Meghan, and on the other extreme... another mass shooting in the US, in Texas this time.
Then I check my emails. I am subscribed to many animal rights groups that post petitions to save our furry and feathered friends from abuse of all kinds. How did humanity get to be so cruel? Yet, I should not be surprise, humanity has always spilled the blood of others for greed, gain and power.
How does all of this affect me on a daily basis? How can I make a difference? First, I can be selective to what I watch, and sign all the petitions I can, knowing that they do make a difference.
At my age I can't go out and stand with signs in protest against pipe lines tearing up the land and oil spills polluting our Mother, or the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous Women and Children being ignored by the government and police, in spite of all the nice words to do something about it.
How do I stay positive and happy in this world? Do I tune out, numb out? Do I ignore the hard things that I cannot control? Do I fritter my time away with meaningless movies and TV programs? I cannot lie, I have been guilty of all of the above... but every day I try to do something to find sacredness and balance in this world out of balance.
I try to be creative, doing art and working on my small patio garden and recently I joined the garden committee for the building. I also plan to start a Talking Circle for Seniors in our building and see if we can visit those who live alone, to help make their lives a little better.
I find it harder and harder to maintain balance in the world today. Ten or twenty years ago, it was easier. But when the tide of humanity is leaning towards non-belief in anything spiritual and its everyone out for themselves... it's hard. I have mixed feelings about being born at this time. I am grateful to be born early enough to grow up when pollution and overpopulation was not a concern, in a small remote northern town where I could play in wild meadows that are now mowed and pruned.
I feel bad for my son's generation and those to come, it won't be easy for them. The ball is rolling downhill and there is no stopping it now. There is a reason for all of us who are here at this time when everything is shifting.
I am not here to save the world. I am not here to convert anyone to living in accordance with Natural and Cosmological laws. I am here to complete my stories and move on. I am here to learn and practise Traditional ways, Circular ways, Sacred ways. It is not easy to do, but for those whom I meet with the same values and beliefs, I am grateful. Meeting kindred souls keeps me going and it means a lot to me.
How do you practise sacredness and presence in your daily life?