It’s funny… I entered the title, placed my cursor in the text box and reached for my lighter. My cigarette had gone out and I had to light it back up before I could begin this, this piece of whatever you want to call it, about the importance of life and the ‘value of air’. So I suppose in some sense, I have already condemned myself to hypocrisy. Irony?
I have been on a mission to seek peace and happiness. A new spiritual path to find some kind of calm within myself. A way to escape the chaos of my overactive mind and the dis-accord of the world around me. I decided to remove myself from situations that will strike anger, withdraw from people who negatively affect me and lock myself away inside this happy bubble of silence and confinement. Which is located in my bedroom because taking off to live alone in a hut in the Himalayas is just not feasible. (My son and my husband would starve to death.)
In a post I wrote to you a while back, I explained how I would be attempting to take up the act of meditation. I must confess, I did not do it right away. But I did finally discipline myself recently and have been taking ten to thirty minutes a day to practice through guided meditation. So far, it has been beneficial. One major change I have noticed has been the way I react to certain things. Things that would normally ignite my fuse and set me blazing, have been easier for me to let go of and just breathe through them. Of course, my husband has no idea how to take this. For instance, he tells me he is going fishing and without argument, I simply say “okay.” Next thing you know he is kicking off his shoes and saying, “I’m not going.” All because my response was ‘too easy’ he thought something was ‘up’.
I’m still giggling.
My Facebook news feed is filled with so many positive quotes and sayings. I think I have ‘liked’ almost every page there is that was designed in the name of inspiration. Rumi, Ghandi, Gibran… I am constantly entertained by positive words. I find myself becoming enlightened as I scroll through my special list, reading various wisdom and ideas. And I began to think, ‘wow, what if the whole world were like my news feed? What if television programming and movies and billboards and workplaces were plastered with these positive images. What if the media bombarded us with all the good and happy in the world instead. What if?’ You must have experienced a moment of sheer inner joy while reading or watching something inspirational. Can you imagine if that is all we were subjected to? Can you imagine everyone walking around with that feeling inside of them all the time? What if…right?
I believe… I believe…
I’m not saying that the world can ever be perfect. Where there is good, there too is evil. But what I am saying is…majority rules. And when the majority is at peace…peace will reign.
I often wish that more people could grasp this same logic. I wish more people would make time to step away from the unimportant trivialities of the world that have consumed us and escape into their own happy bubble. I wish for homes for the homeless, food for the hungry, loving parents for orphaned children… I have a lot of wishes, but I know that looking to the sky will not grant them. I know that I have to be my own star. As beings that feel emotion, we are designed to have purpose, or at least the need to feel we have a purpose. We cannot help but feel for another because we have felt it too, or we hope we never do. Either way, we bond in our human attachment.
Today I decided to share something inspiring in the midst of a media driven internet littered with woe and frenzy. I hope you will take today to share only things that soften the heart and kiss the soul.
There is a reason we are here. A reason we breathe. And air is invaluable. Every breath is an irreplaceable moment.