In just the last week, while searching for conscious themed news articles, I was hit with a plethora of ‘yuk’ news. I read articles on everything from how the Australian government wants to start dredging near the Great Barrier Reef (now there’s a smart idea), how the farm that supplies DiGiorno with milk for their cheese has been viciously beating and stabbing their cows, and how Walmart staff make an average of $10 per hour while the fat cats at the top eat up billion dollars worth of revenue.
I am not an overly sensitive person but reading all this started getting to me, what kind of world do we live in??
I know there is so much beauty in this world but there is also so much ‘YUK’, and sometimes I just feel like I don’t want to be a part of it at all.
If you look for it, suddenly everything around you feels corrupt, disgusting and ethically wrong.
But perhaps that is why we are here.
Perhaps we are here on the earth to experience ‘earthly things’, and whether we like it or not, all these ‘unethical issues’ are meant to be faced by us.
Sure, sometimes we just want to shut down (well, at least I do) from all the hate, pain and suffering in this world but we must find a way to strengthen ourselves.
While a world where everyone says please and thank you, where we respect everything from the tiniest creature to the biggest rainforest, a world where we are all considered equal, where there are no wars or hate is unfortunately just an utopian fantasy, there must be some kind of middle ground.
I am not entirely sure what the solution is, and I wish I could wrap this post up with a really strong affirmative ending, sorry to be bleak but I think as humanity we are so far from the answer….
I want to give credit though to the many conscious people walking this planet, people doing good, saving the whales, educating children, donating their time and effort to fighting noble causes. Perhaps we need all this yuk to help us see the beauty? To help us determine what path we wish to walk down or which direction to take in our lives.
Good has to come with bad, and bad with good, they are one in the same and really at the end of the day, it really comes down to how we chose to perceive things. What is good and what is bad? That is up for the individual to decide.
I am far from a saint, but I have decided to do my best to no longer be a part of hurting this planet or the people that live on it.
Here is my plan (perhaps you could make your own too):
1.) I will (try to) respond to everyone and everything with love, and understand that at the end of the day, people are just doing the best they know with the knowledge that they have.
2.) I will chose only organic foods from local suppliers and avoid eating foods that are not sustainably farmed. I will also be more diligent about recycling packaging.
3.) I will be grateful for what I own and will donate the clothes and items that I don’t use before buying anything new.
4.) I will get in touch with nature more, whether its tending to my house plants or going for walks outside.
5.) I will be more positive about the state of this world and I will remind myself that every rose has it’s thorn and every dark cloud has a silver lining.
At the end of the day, I just want to make a difference, whether it’s big or small.