To Be Hopeful

“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

-Howard Zinn

2017-04-24T20:59:54+00:00 April 24th, 2017|1 Comment

Santosha

Santosha, translated simply as contentment, is not so easy to master because the habit of wanting and achieving is so deeply ingrained in us.  It does not mean that we give up having goals and striving for them.  It does not mean that we have no intention of improving ourselves, which could be called complacency.
Santosha does mean that we are at peace with this moment as it is and with ourselves as we are, even as we strive to learn and grow.  It does mean that we can enjoy the process of pursuing our goals, giving ourselves fully to them, without fear of failure.

2017-04-20T20:18:19+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Santosha

Establishing Peace in Ourselves

Establishing peace in ourselves is the only way we can expect to have the clarity to then express it in our daily lives, in the difficult interactions we have, where peace is sorely needed.  Our ability to embody nonviolence and compassion will bring those values more powerfully into the world than any speech we can make.

We have literally hundreds of opportunities every day to make a choice to be loving, to listen and understand others, to give without expecting something.   If we can open our hearts to even a few people we encounter, we begin to live as a light for peace, one step at a time.  I think there is nothing more important for us to do and nothing more fulfilling.

2017-04-10T21:47:48+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Establishing Peace in Ourselves