My prayer for this lifetime: Please help me learn to take no offense, to become as tolerant as a plant. Please help me see how divinity is working through this person or situation to help me grow into my higher self.
To the degree that I am offended, I commit myself to suffering. Sometimes I feel offended and that I need to teach the other person what they did wrong. This usually ends up multiplying problems because that individual digs their heels in. And then they are offended too and the suffering multiplies. If we see each other as ordinary, we can easily fall into a feeling of superiority and that we need to teach, but can we see the divine in each person and especially in those that offended us so that we soften this sense of “I need to teach them.” Instead, I will be in a place of humility and tolerance and perhaps invite the situation to teach me.
I’d love for this to be a dialogue, please comment below if you have anything to add.
Here are a couple quotes inspiring this post from Igniting a Revolution edited by Steven Best and Anthony J. Nocella, IIMany of us are going about our daily business while a mass-extinction is happening. While we mind our own business, we choose to remain blind to the thousands of species that are dying for the sake of profit and technological “advancement.”
Is it too painful too look at our mistakes in order to change our self-destructive choices? Is it too embarrassing to realize how long we’ve been abusing our Mother Earth?
It’s not too late to mourn the losses and then choose differently. We can choose to protect those without a voice.
In kindergarten we learned what self-centered is and how hurtful it can be, we need to apply this beyond human to human interactions to all Beings who have a right to be respected and protected.
Going to the roots of all spiritual paths, environmentalism is natural. Our spiritual success is measured by realizing and acting on the fact that we aren’t the center of the universe. Let’s honor our Source and honor the sacred nature of each other and the millions of species whom we’ve silenced.
Brahmacharya: seeing and treating everything as sacred, a yogic principle that could save us from the grief of being responsible for millions of deaths, the ruin of millions of homes as ocean levels rise. We are one with all of creation, and beneath the illusion of separation, the joy or pain another experiences resonates within our own hearts.
Now is the time to rejoice in the decisions you make that protect all Beings and to change the decisions that you can’t rejoice in. Brahmacharya is profound spiritual practice that will give you myriad reasons to celebrate.