by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
With all the tragedies going on today in our troubled society, I think that one of the most important things we can do to make the world a better place is to become happy.
Alongside developing our potential and reaching our uniquely personal dreams, encouraging others along the way to do the same can only make things better.
I think that world peace begins not only at home but essentially from a much more focused space—within each of our hearts.
EXAMINING MY RESPONSE
For me, based on my Buddhist practice and using its humanistic philosophy as a guide, part of my journey to experience absolute happiness is doing the work to overcome my prejudices and judgments. My starting point is examining my response to the tragedies, corruption, and polar opposite ideologies in the world around me.
DOING THE WORK IS KEY
Now that I especially and clearly understand that there are many perspectives opposing mine, doing the work to respect others is both transformative and key to improve my happiness and become part of the path to a more peaceful society.
UNITY VERSES DIVISION
I want to be a force for unity, not division. I want to base my actions on respect for life—not on judgments about behaviors or actions. Rather than promoting disrespect and divisiveness, I want to learn to fully and deeply listen—with the spirit of respect and toward unity.
I'm not saying this is easy. For me, at least, this inner work is both grueling and requires my greatest efforts to resist responding to external challenges with my negativity.
START WITH BEING A PART OF THE SOLUTION
But I want to be part of the solution. That means I have to self-reflect and master my mind toward the goal of happiness for myself and others.
I’m learning that I can only be part of the solution, contribute to unity, and lead with mutual respect if I have done my work on myself. This translates into more self-care.
SELF-CARE FUELS POSITIVITY IN THE WORLD
Doing what it takes for me to be at my best allows me to view the challenges of today’s troubled community with greater compassion, energy, and wisdom. We can listen, act, and contribute in a more positive way when we first tackle our individual needs.
A MICRO-PERSONAL TO MACRO-COMMUNITY APPROACH
There is much work to be done through social services, economic recovery, and improvements through policies on a larger scale.
Those conversations and movements are necessary and must be viewed from long-range and incremental efforts. We each choose the causes that mean the most to us and where we feel we can make our impact.
WHERE DOES REAL IMPACT START?
But I hold firm the idea that the real impact comes from grassroots, life-to-life connections, and initially, within one heart at a time.
How can we be part of a positive solution or contribute to a more harmonious society without first addressing our individual wellness?
Consider what we bring to the table if we have fully cared for and maintained our inner condition. Imagine the impact across diverse viewpoints when we initiate honest, earnest work toward our personal character as a starting point.
We can be part of the greater goal for peaceful existence when we first start from within our hearts. This kind of self-care approach emboldens our spiritual and mental strength, positions us toward a greater openness to authentic listening, and being a positive influence on others.
What are your thoughts?
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