I Am Sorry
The world around me is turning rapidly. So rapidly in fact that I'm having a tough time keeping up with all of the change and growth in my friends and family - never mind in myself. I'd like to take this opportunity to reach out to you ..who is going through difficult times, changing times, and let you know that you are not alone. Ever. Being alone is a choice you make.
Your life is a testament to what is important for you. No judgement on anyone's part can ever take that away from you. So go. Do it. Move with the mighty flow (the things we can't control), but guide yourself with your good choices - healthy choices. Healthy for your body, and healthy for your spirit. Life is brief. It passes quickly. Finding your balance is a challenge, but it can be done with patience and persistence. Find a practice that you enjoy that is a release of stuck energy - yoga, meditation, tai chi, dance, garden, run, sports, whatever...but keep it up regularly! Don't let anyone take that away from you. Adjust your sails as you age. That practice is your rock - your constant feed from the universal tap of energy and connectedness to your source.
I support women, especially. I support all. Forget about competition. This human experience is not an easy one. What makes it scary is the feeling of aloneness. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Crazy fears hold us back. But it's just a facade .. this thing we call fear. It is a veil of perception that can be removed with right practice, with trust, and with the support of those who truly care.
In buddhist tradition it is called Sangha, aka supportive community. The idea of sangha is something I feel our community needs more of. A few weeks back I attended a festival that I have attended for years - Harvest festival. At this event, for a weekend the festival goers share food, gifts, smiles, dances, and special moments together. People write in forums for weeks after an event like this about the incredible moments they had. They post pictures. They cherish them and look forward to planning the next one. People are hungry for community. And at the same time they run from it. Sometimes being a member in community means you must face your fears. This isn't easy. It brings up pain and hardship from the past. It forces us to grow. Sometimes we're not ready, and as a result instead of growing we throw insults to protect our wounds.
In the Hawaiian tradition there is a practice called ho'oponopono which includes atonement, forgiveness, sending love, and gratitude. The meditation operates on the main principle that you are responsible for everything that happens in your life, even when you are just a witness to it. Ho'ponopono is a mental cleansing to "put right" what is wrong. Taking yourself out of "blame" and simply taking accountability for all hardship. To correct, or make amends.
You reading this: I am truly sorry for all of the pain, hardship, and suffering you have endured.
I care, and I will support you every step of the way. I am not the only one. Are you ready to join this army of support? Male or female. We are One.