Thursday, September 03, 2009
The Dalai Lama once said, in response to a question about what the average person could do about suffering in the world, "Smile".
As we go through our days we have no idea what other people are experiencing, and how much simple civility can help in any situation. Be kind. Take a breath. Expand your focus to what is around you and pay some attention to it. This is basic good practice to keep yourself happy and in balance. But it is important for the health and balance of the energies all around you as well. Listen. Be courteous and civil. Don't add to the burdens others are carrying, and that energetically the earth is carrying, by being unnecessarily curt or rude, or unloading your irritability on someone else. Every act of balance and harmony we can participate in creates just that much more balance and harmony over all. And we all need that. We are here together; we are here to grow and help each other as much as is reasonably possible. So, remember to take those long breaths, stay on the horse, and be part of the solution for yourself and for others. Take the time to pay attention to how you are actually feeling, so that you can do something effective for yourself if it is needed. All those negative and angry feelings can get stuck in the body, even when you are releasing them onto other people, and they will make you sick. Paying attention to how you really feel can be the most important thing you do.
Kelley Rico is a trained herbalist and aromatherapist, and a Certified Flower Essence and Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner.