Do you notice a change lately? Of course we see the world changing, but do you notice anything changing in your thoughts, the way you do things, how you feel? Call me crazy, but not only do I notice things breaking down and reconstructing all over the place, I also notice my thoughts changing, the way I am thinking about things. And I wonder, does that come from something inside me, or is it the result of what's happening in the world?
Lately, I notice two things. One, that I feel more connected, plugged in, more in-tune. It's as if I can access answers from my higher-self more easily. I know that might sound woo-woo to some of you, but I have to go there because it's so pronounced. Sometimes I even hear what people are thinking (I know, I know), but it's true. It's not a psychic thing, it's a tuning-in kind of thing.
I am also ruminating on how strangely I feel even more love in my heart. I was walking down the street in New York City the other day and an older African American man asked me for a few dollars, said his car broke down Usually I would keep walking (you know, us New Yorker's hear that story all the time!), but instead I stopped and pulled out a five-dollar bill. I thought, it's the holidays after-all give something of yourself. But it was more than that. It's the feeling that I can't just ignore other people around me anymore. I can feel other people's misfortune more; it's as if I'm just plain more sensitive to it. And I can't escape the feeling that we are all connected and if one of us is suffering we are all somehow suffering. I've had these feelings in meditation class before, but instead of it happening when I have a spiritual epiphany, it seems to be with me all the time now. I turned to walk down the street and saw another man in a wheelchair with no legs and rather than pass him by and shrug it off telling myself there is nothing I can do about that, instead, I felt him for a moment. I felt what it must be like for him on a daily basis the struggle and I wished him well. I then thanked life for giving me both of my legs.
With my students, and the people in my life, I feel an even stronger connection. It's like I fall in love with them more in the little moments we interact in. And I also notice that whatever is not being said, anything that's being held under the surface pops out more easily, or is more prevalent in conversations. Is the veil between us lifting? (That's one of my Artist Success Circle artists, Dilia and me at the Emerge Unplugged concert this past October.)
Unless you live under a rock you're probably noticing that the world is changing radically so. Old structures and systems are crumbling and new one's are slowly emerging. We are in transition across the board. No one really saw it coming, but here we are.
I'm not saying it's easy because it's not. A lot of people are in the middle of serious crisis; they can't find jobs or they've lost theirs. People are losing their homes, careers, and have no money to even feed themselves. This is a serious crisis, not only in America but in the world. Is it because it's time to reinvent ourselves? Are we being forced to grow?
The way I see it is, oddly enough, underneath the rubble, in the midst of a meltdown, in the middle of crisis, we are forced to come together, to rise up, perhaps because the alternative is not acceptable. I guess you could say that a forced evolution is taking place that it takes things falling apart for things to change even that crisis creates change. We can't go back to the old way of doing things and we're not sure what the new way is. Now is not the time to jump too quickly, or make quick resolutions, rather to stay open and hold a strong intention for what you want in your life and for us in the world.
One thing I know for sure is that it takes a crisis to bring us together. Otherwise we'd sit on the couch and eat bon-bon's (or the no-sugar, vegan alternative )
On the crest of 2012, are we on the forefront of a Love Revolution?
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