Choose the Light of Your True Nature
Big thank you to all those who have joined me and many others in sending the message of peace and light to the world by participating in the #unitebylight campaign. If you have not yet made your short, luminous video, please find out how you can ignite your light and help others do the same at Parvati.org. Here are some of the videos so far!
This week sees the shortest day of the year with the winter solstice on Wednesday. The Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere marks the longest night and shortest day of the year, when the sun’s peak in the sky is at an all time low. Having always felt an innate interconnection with nature, I find it soulful and rejuvenating to honour the solstice and equinox times as mindfully as possible. This year, Winter Solstice occurs on December 21 at 5:44 am, Eastern Standard time, or 10:44 am UTC. Fifteen minutes before that time, I turn inward and become aware of what is about to take place in nature and allow myself to feel a part of the shift.
At the fall Equinox, nature is infused with vitality, as it is the beginning of a new life cycle. The Winter Solstice reflects the second stage of that cycle, that includes planning and designing the year ahead. The Spring Equinox highlights the energy of physical preparedness required for nature to come into fruition. At the Summer Solstice, the year’s plans and designs are at their peak and starts to move through into their final stage.
Nature as a whole is a living entity, an aspect of the universe of which we are an integral part. It is alive and evolving just as we are. Whether or not we choose to connect with it consciously, we cannot help but be in a constant state of co-creation with Nature, as we are an inherent part of her.
To me, the environmental crisis is a gift to learn to connect more deeply. It is like the call from the planet, our mother, teaching us yet again, with a mother’s patience, how we must grow up and become wiser and more compassionate. We must make wiser choices based on understanding our interconnection. She shows us that we are all connected because when we act in a disconnected manner, life dies and so do we. What I do affects you. What you do affects me. What we all do affects the planet. We are not isolated islands but one Earth family.
As we awaken to our potent connection with Nature, we are called to implement both internal and external change. Externally, we must choose to reduce CO2 emissions, plant trees, turn off lights and electrical devices when not in use, conserve water and take shorter showers, and look for alternative transportation to cars, such as carpooling or taking public transport.
Internally, we are spiritually called to realize we are part of a much bigger whole. The realization of our interconnection inspires personal responsibility and transformation. That in turn creates global change. When we see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness.
Our choices reverberate far beyond our own lives, because we are all interconnected. Because of this, as we awaken spiritually, we can only feel compassion for ourselves and others. As my spiritual teacher Amma says in her book Eternal Wisdom, Part 2:
“Sadhana [spiritual practice] does not mean just praying and doing japa [mantra repetition]. Real prayer includes being compassionate and humble towards others, smiling at someone and saying kind words. We should learn to forgive the mistakes of others and to be deeply compassionate – just as our one hand automatically caresses the other hand if in pain. By developing love, understanding and broadmindedness, we can ease the pain of so many people. Our selflessness will also enable us to enjoy the peace and bliss that is within us.”
The recent tragic events in Aleppo, Syria, where thousands of bombing survivors currently remain trapped without adequate food or shelter, are yet another call to compassion. We could so easily have been the ones living in a war zone. The people who have lost loved ones, homes, even the hope of a better life, have just the same capacity for love and grief as we do. We are not separate from them, or from the planet we share.
As you choose the light of your own true nature, you light the light of hope, interconnection and grace. You ignite your passionate fire that fuels the joy of your being. You open yourself to a field of possibility far beyond what you could know staying small, feeling disconnected and alone. As you choose the light of your true nature, you light the way for others to do the same. In this way, the courage to make a healthy choice benefits not only your own life, but all of life. You become the light of love for all beings, everywhere.
Please remember to send the message of peace and light to the world by choosing to participate in the #unitebylight campaign. All details at Parvati.org. I look forward to seeing your videos!
Until next week,
Love our world.
We are one Earth family.