I recently went to a Vegfest in my local community. The food was great and overall the message was a positive one. A message that we can help stop climate change, transform our health, and vote with our wallets to stop cruelty against animals through eating a plant based diet. A few of the vegans were so angry at meat eaters though. One of the presenters went on an angry tangent about decapitated pigs heads at the grocery store. She yelled at the crowd that she couldn’t understand meat eaters(even though she ate these products most of her life). It was a friendly reminder to me that true compassion encompasses all beings, not just those who live the same way as you. The way of peace doesn’t condone violence but seeks to understand others instead of judge. True compassion encompasses Hitler, Stalin, and Charles Manson.
If we want others to be more peaceful we must be peaceful, it’s as simple as that. Maybe we could just focus on ourself, making our own life our message to others? Our message of peace will be watered down if we communicate in a violent way. Practicing non-violence is something MLK, Gandhi, Jesus, Buddha, and mother Theresa all agreed on. It’s something they wanted us to practice on a daily basis. The next time we complain about the world affairs we could ask ourself “how can we expect the world to be at peace if we aren’t?”
Focus within. One lit candle can light a thousand candles.
Culture wants me a certain way
Break under the pressure
Bend my values
Ignore my instinct of compassion
Indulge my ego
Feed my darker side
How do I pave my own path with such pressure?
Constant flashing lights
Tell me to eat foods against my values of health & compassion
The talking heads on the screen tell me to fear the world
They have enticed me my entire life to choose greed, hatred, fear & apathy
Dividing me into a million labels
For me to fear the other
I will choose another path
Paved with compassion, understanding, & love
This is the path of the peaceful warrior
A path that doesn’t fight greed, anger, & hatred
It just focuses on growing peace by showing compassion, love, & understanding to all
Divinity is found within all
Even if they don’t realize it
Buried under years of conditioning
Fear, anger & greed cover the jewel that is your true nature
To be kind
Wisdom is the process of unlearning
Unlearning old habits & beliefs that hold back us from touching true joy
Allowing us to see our true nature
Compassion begins with me
Peace begins with me
Love begins with me
How I talk
How I listen
How I eat
How I breathe
How I write
I must live my values in order to make the world a better place
I must practice faith that what I do matters in an infinite universe
A cloud is my brother
A dying star is my father
A mighty tree is my mother
All life connected through a mysterious force
Whether you call it
All is one
Lost in the world
Lost in distraction
Lost in the hustle of the American dream
Lost in the meaninglessness
Lost in social media
Lost in the dollar bill
May I show compassion
To even those who harm others
May I always seek peace
When others choose violence
May I be grateful
Even when life gets tough
May I seek forgiveness
Knowing its a gift to myself
May I choose love
When fear crosses my mind
May I choose freedom
May I always seek to understand others
May I be in this present moment
Even when my mind drifts to the past or future
I can always find something wrong
Something to worry about
My mind is gifted at causing my own suffering
Untrained & disobedient
It drifts from lane to lane
Speeding at 130mph down the highway
Out of control
Often a victim
All else is wrong
Happiness always found around the corner
Grand delusions of
Discipline, commitment, and focus
Today I can make an effort to pave this new path
If not now
I will not come in this weekend
Relaxation is much more important
Take your precious TPS reports
Throw them in the trash
I’m done with this mediocrity
I will not sacrifice my life
For your quarterly bonus
Life is too short for these florescent lights & glowing screens.
The time is now to plan my escape from the 9-5 grind
I am not my job.
I am not my college diploma.
I am not defined by the amount of money in my bank account.
I am not my religion or lack of one.
I am not my skin color.
I am not defined by my car, clothes, or stuff.
Careers are overrated.
Stuff is just stuff.
Money is paper we give meaning to.
We are much more.