Like many of you, I seek light. I seek the sunlight, the brightness of flowers, and the dancing reflections on the ocean when it is relatively calm. The simple act of opening windows, blinds or curtains can bathe a space in light that can lift us in untold ways. In the seeking of light, I seek positivity, which seems in short supply in many corners of our country and our world. And yet, I know that deep within us all is a bright and shining light of unconditional love which is at the core of our acceptance of people, thoughts and situations which are different, dark and which do not emanate from the core of our being.
The darkness, reactivity, and desire to fight (resist) rather than accept what is and move forward in peace feels pervasive. How are we to cope in this time? Many of the issues and concerns what we have are VERY important. And, we cannot move forward peacefully if we give our energy to the negativity through reactions.
How do we move forward in peace?
We must first know that we, and we alone, are responsible for the choices we make to inform ourselves, maintaining a healthy amount of objectivity while caring for ourselves.
While perusing a website I frequent and keep on my phone as an app, I happened upon a favorite author who is a columnist at onbeing.org. Parker J. Palmer’s most recent column, The Soul of a Patriot is worth a few moments of your time. If you are not familiar with the website onbeing.org or Krista Tippett, I encourage you to look at the website. The in-depth interviews of some of the most intriguing and thoughtful people who you have perhaps never heard of, is uplifting at times, and thought-provoking always. Here is an interview that you might also enjoy. The cross-generational aspect of the conversation is inspirational. The transcript is there for you to read, if that is your preference. Listening to it is quite powerful, too.
I also happened upon the following poem in the comments on “The Soul of A Patriot” column. It is a reminder that we might all appreciate.
Now Is The Time
Now is the time.
Now is the time to know
That all that you do is sacred.
Now, why not consider
A lasting truce with yourself and God?
Now is the time to understand
That all your ideas of right and wrong
Were just a child’s training wheels
To be laid aside
When you can finally live
with veracity and love.
Now is the time for the world to know
That every thought and action is sacred.
That this is the time
For you to compute the impossibility
That there is anything
Now is the season to know
That everything you do
Let us remember who we are and begin again, to live with veracity and love. May we always dwell in light.
…and how about you? How do you dwell in light?