What are you committed to?
Photo by Rainier Ridao
This can feel like a loaded question. Often we are afraid to tell others what we are committed to, for inevitably there will be those who deem inappropriate or silly that which we deem important.
I ponder this question, and I know it is not something that can be answered in a matter of minutes, no … this one requires deep thought and consideration. Some of the things I am committed to:
My pets, my friends (which seem to be few), myself (not necessarily in this order, anymore). I am committed to speaking truth, to not baring false witness against anyone, to taking long hard looks into the depths of me and find out what is making me tick, where are my triggers, and how can I alleviate them.
I am committed to seeing beauty in this world that tries so hard to strip it from my view. I am committed to finding this same beauty in me, and blocking those who would have me see something else. I am dedicated to seeing the best potential in all situations and people, and if I cannot see it, then I turn away and try to remain silent so as not to cause damages I cannot see.
It is difficult to remain silent on subjects we see around this world, in the people, and what many do. The easiest way I have found is to turn it around and begin to reflect on what part of the outside world do I find within myself, and then mend that.
It is a daunting task, this shift creation, and it always begins and ends with our inner workings. It is all too easy to point fingers and say the blame, or problem, lies within someone else, or somewhere else … and quite difficult to find these things in our own being. Rarely does one choose to pick themselves apart, and it is no wonder. Most of life is built in defending ones self from the outward attacks of others, and so we lash out, giving what we receive.
Change comes in giving what we wish to receive, and no matter how often we are given the opposite, a continuation of goodness must be poured forth in order to change the balance of things. This ‘alchemy’ is the most difficult of all. It has taken lifetimes of training to get where we are, and to undo the learned habits will not be easy.
Only the true warrior will attempt it,
The rest will continue to shift responsibility to others,
Who are doing the same.
There are many tools to allow time and space to stand still for a moment, while we reflect on that which is needing attention, the mala and mantra, meditation, exercise, time in nature … knowledge brings us closer to our goals. Listen to Spirit, for what you need to know and understand is so desperately trying to reach you. Give it a chance.