Seeking Clarity in Response to Climate-Denial
Many of us may find ourselves shaken up, frustrated, fearful, and/or anxious with all the environmental adversity and ignorance toward many situations that we are facing in today's world. Especially with the recent chaos of the U.S. (Trump) pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement (which is pretty much the world efforts to try to reduce carbon emissions and slow the rise of global temperatures).
Some of us may find ourselves in a dark place because of these happenings - the destruction of our Mother, the greed we see in humanity - whatever it is for you, you may be finding yourself questioning the meaning of it all.
And I don't mean to sound overly positive and optimistic here, but I wanted to share my insight and perspective on how we can see it as neutral. Not negative, not positive, but from an understanding to bring hope and a deep trust in the bigger picture.
Maybe see it as this: these happenings have brought us to do something about it all. It has (re)united people from all over to come together and stand up for what they believe in. Maybe humanity needed these sort of things to bring us together.
As much as many of us may be confused or angry with Trump and his decision(s), let's try to see him on a soul-level, to see what he is here to do in the now, in the flow of all that is. No matter how wrong someone may be or seem, the flow still flows. Maybe he was placed here to provide that contrast to show us what it is we truly believe in, what we really stand for. As we see with the marches and protests around the world, or with global leaders and huge corporations responding around the world, it is empowering us to rise.
In the podcast I was listening to (which inspired me to share and retell this topic), the host, Brandon Beachum says: "when we judge something at the surface level, we always need to go deeper. There's always more layers to the onion, always more going on. I encourage you to tell the story in a way that serves you and doesn't cause this pain and this energy of hopelessness."
Again, for some of us this might sound a bit too positive and nonchalant, or too spiritual and compassionate toward wrongdoers. But we truly don't know what this means for us in the bigger picture. We cannot judge all that is going on at the surface level because there truly is more to it: this lump of coal could well be a diamond in disguise. The podcast went on to share a Zen Buddhist story which could be relevant to the all of what's going on today:
Taoist Proverb, Maybe so, Maybe Not..
A farmer and his son had a beloved stallion who helped the family earn a living. One day, the horse ran away and their neighbors exclaimed, “Your horse ran away, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”
A few days later, the horse returned home, leading a few wild mares back to the farm as well. The neighbors shouted out, “Your horse has returned, and brought several horses home with him. What great luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”
Later that week, the farmer’s son was trying to break one of the mares and she threw him to the ground, breaking his leg. The villagers cried, “Your son broke his leg, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”
A few weeks later, soldiers from the national army marched through town, recruiting all the able-bodied boys for the army. They did not take the farmer’s son, still recovering from his injury. Friends shouted, “Your boy is spared, what tremendous luck!” To which the farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”
The moral of this story - and the story which is our reality of climate deniers and a society of money-hungry capitalists - is that no event can be judged as good or bad, fortunate or unfortunate. Only time, only the flow of all that is, can tell the whole story.
So if you are ever finding yourself hung up, depressed or furious with the happenings of politics, or even situations within your personal life, keep this in mind. To take a step back, breathe, and try to see it from the bigger picture and tell a new story from a perspective that serves you. And believe me, with all this being said, however, it isn't easy to come from such an understanding, compassionate place. It's all a practice of mindfulness, it all ties back together.
Hopefully this can be some sort of encouragement or motivation for you to do some research, sign petitions, get involved with environmental (and/or social, political, etc) movements, all the groove. And I truly hope this a feasible perspective to plant in the garden of your mind if you are having troubles dealing with what is happening in our today.
With love & light, all for a one love!!