Could it be that the U.S. is in turmoil because too many of us have been living in a myopic bubble?
Is it possible that we haven’t been listening or seeing the way we could have? And haven’t been present to our own humanity, our humaneness and benevolence?
Have millions of us not only lost connection with each other, but have lost the connection to our own heart?
“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” ― Cornel West
“The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small.” ― Mother Teresa
There is a way to come together and expand our circles. The possibility to rebuild and reconnect is always there.
It just takes heart, and the courage to step forward.
In order for the collective consciousness to change, we must be different. We must think and live differently.
As we open up our eyes, and ears, and hands — our hearts open too. And the healing begins. Not just of the world around us, but the inner healing we all desire.
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” ― Henry David Thoreau
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” ― Rabindranath Tagore
We can do it in our own way. We can choose how we can best serve. But let’s not do it from a comfort zone.
Just like anything else you want to transform and change, (your body, your home, your finances, your relationships, etc..), you have to give something up. You have to work through the discomfort and be daring enough to risk.
The commitment to love and transformation must exceed the primal desire to live with what’s familiar and comfortable.
It has to be so strong that you will be willing to push past the fear and challenges. We must poke at the imagined boundaries and doubts, in order to see what’s on the other side.
“Do some selfless service for people who are in need. Consider the whole picture, not just our little selves.” – Nina Hagen
“It is a mistake always to contemplate the good and ignore the evil, because by making people neglectful it lets in disaster. There is a dangerous optimism of ignorance and indifference.” ― Helen Keller
Powerful questions to ask ourselves: Who can I help? How could I stretch outside my comfort zone? How can I educate myself, develop more empathy and be powerfully accountable for my part in the world? How can I help heal others and myself in the process?
“You have two hands. One to help yourself, the second to help others.” ― Audrey Hepburn
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
I came across the work of Fritzi Horstman this week. Have you heard of her? She’s amazing! I found out about her through this video:
And this interview too:
This is the book Fritzi Horstman mentioned in the second video:
And this is Fritzi Horstman’s organization:
Compassion Prison Project
There are also other great organizations to explore:
Essie Justice Group
National Bail Out
Young Women Free
TGI Justice Project
And can you imagine if these (list below) voices were not heard or helped? Their great works would have never been known. They were written while in prison. As I think of that, I can imagine all of the great works that will NEVER be known. Because people were ruthlessly marginalized and written off by society. We can break that cycle, and other cycles that hurt people. We always have the power to help someone. We can be there (in many ways), to let them know they are seen, loved, heard, and valued.
Examples of those works:
De Profundis, by Oscar Wilde
Soul on Ice, by Eldridge Cleaver
Civil Disobedience and Other Writings, by Henry David Thoreau
Conversations with Myself, by Nelson Mandela
Letters from Birmingham Jail, by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Sleeping With the Enemy, by Wahida Clark
The Enormous Room, E.E. Cummings
Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes
On the Yard, by Malcolm Braly
In the Belly of the Beast, by Jack Abbott
Orange Is The New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison, by Piper Kerman