As I was teaching class today I began talking about the sun’s journey, well actually the earth’s journey around the sun. I visualized dawn as it raced around the globe. It is always sunrise somewhere on the earth.
Today was the last day of a four-day workshop. Tomorrow I begin another one. I had the afternoon off so I was walking along just enjoying the day. The sun was shinning, the air was fresh and crisp, but there was warmth to the sun. The sunlight reflecting off the water was magical.
There were well over a hundred people attending the workshop and Nida is a small town. As I walked along most of the people I passed had been in the workshop. Their smiles and the hugs I gave and received along the way were wonderful. I felt incredibly grateful to be here, half way around the world. How wonderful it is to walk along and just share love. In Hawaii they call that living aloha. I imagined a wave of love flowing around the world just like the dawn. For me, that was a wonderful image.
Long ago I realized not all people want to experience peace and joy. Some people prefer war and violence and isn’t it great that this planet is big enough to have room for both. I no longer need to dictate what other people create in order for me to feel safe, happy, loved and at peace. That was a big stretch for me. I was really dedicated to creating world peace until one day I realized peace would be hell for people that enjoy violence.
The most important question we can ask ourselves is, “What do I want to create?” I find it useful to make sure my answer doesn’t require anyone else to change or to act in a certain way, in a way I think they should be. If my definition of personal freedom enslaves someone else is that really freedom at all?
Life is and then we tell ourselves a story. Does your story demand things of others? Does is require the world conform to a certain script in order for you to be happy and feel safe? If it does, maybe it’s time to delve deeper into your filter system or not.
With love and aloha from beautiful Lithuania,
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