Wednesday, October 2, 2019

U.N. Day of Nonviolence and Gandhi's True Message

Today (Oct. 2) marks the U.N. Day of Non-violence and coincides with the 150th anniversary of his birthday.

So many things to admire about this man but, in this picture of him, I see in him a fellow pilgrim. Humility. Humanity. Perseverance. Love. Compassion.

While many reflect on his many accomplishments, I am drawn to these words from spiritual teacher and author Eknath Easwaran:

"Gandhi’s mission was not really the liberation of India. That was a tremendous achievement, but India was essentially a showcase, a stage for the world to see what nonviolence can accomplish in the highly imperfect world of real life. . . .

In today’s language, Gandhi gave us the basis for a technology of peace. He gave us tools for resolving conflicts of all kinds, which anyone can learn to use.

But it is urgent to understand his message that nonviolence is a way of thinking, a way of life;

Not a tactic, but a way of putting love to work in resolving problems, healing relationships, and generally raising the quality of our lives.

We don’t begin on the grand stage he acted on; he did not begin that way himself. He began with his personal relationships, aware that he could not expect to put out the fires of anger and hatred elsewhere if the same fires smoldered in his own home and heart.

His nonviolence is NOT a political weapon or a technique for social change so much as it is an essential art—perhaps the essential art—of civilization.

In other words, nonviolence is a skill, just like learning to read. Love is a skill. The transformation of anger is a skill. All these can be learned...

Finally, for spiritual seekers of all persuasions, Gandhi showed us that the spiritual life need not mean retiring to a monastery or cave. It can be pursued in the midst of family, community, and a career of selfless service.

Even without reference to spirituality, if we look upon the overriding purpose of life as making a lasting contribution to our family and society, Gandhi gave us a higher image for ourselves, a glorification of the innate goodness in the human being, whose joy lies in living for the welfare of all.

This is Gandhi’s ultimate message for us, and no sentence of his is more significant than when he says—and remember, this is a man who never let even a word stand if he did not know it to be true from his own experience—

“I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.”

From the book: Gandhi the Man: How One Man Changed Himself to Change the World (Nilgiri Press: 1972, 2011), 22-23.

May all beings know peace.πŸ™
~Mony

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

What can I Do to Support an Arising Consciousness?


What can I do to support this arising consciousness of Love in our politics, our economics, our world, ourselves?
It’s a question I ask myself often, especially as we here in Canada and the U.S. enter an election season where it’s easy to be swayed by all the emotional turbulence. The response, without fail, is usually:
Stop judging!
Stop judging the person. The situation. The emotions they evoke in you. Your thoughts.
Better yet, stay in a field of Love, and extend that field out to people you strongly disagree with, and situations that are beyond your control.
Oh, is that all?! LOL
Sure, it’s easy to extend Love in meditation or prayer, but how do you do that when interacting with the world?
That is, by far, the greatest challenge of my spiritual journey. It’s also the most rewarding when I manage to do it, even for a few moments.
I don’t have an easy answer, but I do have one practice that I consistently go to that keeps me anchored in Love.
As I go about my day, in the back of my mind, I have trained myself to repeat the words:
THANK YOU. I LOVE YOU.
Over and over and over again.
It’s like a non-stop record. I repeat both phrases – or just one – upon waking, in the shower, when I’m driving, before I go into a meeting, before I speak or write. I especially repeat them before, during and after the news!
Who am I saying them to? No one. And every one!
To myself. To the Universal Consciousness. To my family. Passersby. The cashier. The barista. The coffee. The trees. The sun. The sky. The rain. The earth. My feet. My body. My eyes. The sidewalk. The room. The buildings. The city. The country. The car. The person who cuts me off. The helpers and the builders. The deniers and the dividers. The lovers and the haters. The emotions (anger, fear, sadness, disbelief) that are still there even as I write these words. The thoughts of futility that still interject themselves.
To ALL of it, I say:
THANK YOU. I LOVE YOU.
Along with deep breathing, these words bring me a sense of deep calm: mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. A sense that all is OK. When I do speak, I feel I am speaking from a place of greater inspiration. When I do act, it feels like I’m doing exactly what I need to do in that moment. I feel less rushed, more in flow, more connected to that field of Love and Wisdom, confident that it’s doing its thing through me and that all is Perfect.
Yes, I still get angry. I still lose my patience. I still judge. But I also get back to that field of Love a lot more quickly than I ever used to.
If each one of us was able to do this, imagine the transformations that would take place within us: in our minds, hearts and spirits. Imagine how those ripples of energy would change our world.
May these words serve you in your journeys. I’d love to hear what you do to also stay in consciousness.
Shine on!
Mony
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Art by A. Wyron on unsplash.com.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

U.N. International Day of Peace Declaration - why reading it matters

UN International Day of Peace - September 21
There is great power in ritual. In pausing for a moment to reflect on who we are, and why we are participating in any act or thought.

The reading of the U.N. Secretary General's Day of Peace Proclamation has been taking place at Parliament Hill for the last 13 years. Led by peace elder Bill Bhaneja, the words are spoken so that we may all reflect on what it means for each of us to BE peace in that moment, and to rededicate our efforts to expanding that peace in our lives, communities and world.

It also helps us all see we are not alone in that task, as the task may seem quite lonely at times.

If you're in Ottawa on Sat. September 21 at 11:45 a.m., I will be there - among many others - at the Centennial Flame to participate in the reading, and be an active part of the field of love and peace that I know is created when all gather with intention.

Wherever you are that Day of Peace, I hope you will pause and take a moment to breathe in the peace I know we all, in our hearts, desire; and allow all that is not peace to be taken away on the breath.

Love is always present, if we but allow it to unfold.

Blessings, πŸ™πŸ’ž

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Remembering 9/11

Photo: Andrew Kelly, Reuters

Most of us can recall where we were or what we were doing on this fateful day.
I was in Lebanon, fresh off the Camino, visiting my family after my grandmother’s unexpected passing. I had just come back from a girls’ shopping spree in Beirut and was stepping into the house when my phone rang. My best friend was crying into the phone, trying to explain these attacks in New York, and how I needed to get back to Canada right away because they were closing airports and talking of bombing southern Lebanon.
I went numb and, as I sat watching the news reports, only felt the horror of that moment.
But that day galvanized me, and placed me firmly on the path of action:
I would walk to Jerusalem for peace, and dedicate my every step to peace. Peace within me. Peace in Jerusalem, and beyond.
I reflect on this day often, on how easy it would have been to fall deeper into fear and shut myself off from the world. I saw that same struggle on the faces of so many people.
But I also saw so much grace and dignity, so much love and compassion, so many people refusing to bow to fear and to carry on, choosing to light the way rather than close off into the darkness. If there was to be a gift from this day, that would be it for me.
May all be blessed on this – and every – day.

Friday, September 6, 2019

A Conscious Politics


One of the most profound and authentic conversations that I see taking place these days is from this woman: Marianne Williamson.

Marianne Williamson (Image from NY Times Magazine article)
 It’s not even about her run for the American presidency, but the deep truths that she’s speaking.

It’s about the consciousness she represents, where LOVE – for each other, for the planet, for our highest ideals – is at the core of all that we as individuals (and collectively as societies and governments) do.

She puts forth the “radical” notion that individuals are here to thrive;

That we have the right to fully realize our potential;

That we are here to be unburdened emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually – liberated from these slaveries, so that our creative brilliance may shine through and raise the world in which we live.

As we have all witnessed – in the US and beyond – fear has been harnessed to divide us. Love, humanity, compassion are all too often derided and dismissed as naΓ―ve and sentimental, lacking the power to create any lasting change.

But I say it is ONLY LOVE that will transform us. It is ONLY LOVE that will unite us. It is ONLY LOVE that will guide us.

And that journey must begin in the heart of each and every one of us.

It takes courage to embark on this journey. We must be willing to look deeply into the shadows of our own souls – our fears, our prejudices, our helplessness – and shine a light upon them. The lamp we carry is LOVE.  

ONLY LOVE can transform our deep pains and traumas into peace.

ONLY LOVE can transform our thoughts and beliefs into inspiration.

For LOVE is the greatest Liberator.

Until we can know that God is Love, and that Love is our true nature, then we will ridicule what we don’t know and crucify those who challenge us in our beliefs.

What gives me incredible hope is a certainty that people are waking up to this deep truth and that the wave that has now begun cannot be stopped.

Her website is a fountain of knowledge, and ideas that make me think even deeper. I encourage you to check it out. marianne2020.com.

This is a recent article about her from the NY Times Magazine https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/magazine/marianne-williamson-2020.html.

May we all walk forward together in consciousness and unity.

~Mony





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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Freedom

Photo by Harald Hofer on Unsplash

"Freedom is the call of the heart.
Freedom is the call of the brave.
Freedom from all shackles:
Ideas that enslave me;
Emotions that debilitate me;
A hardened heart that ensnares me.
Let freedom begin with me.
In the silence. In the unseen. In the unheard.
For as my shackles fall about me, they sound the clarion call for all shackles to fall.
As Love claims its rightful throne within me, it beckons all to the same task.
Because we are One.
Let freedom reign.
Let Love reign."

~Mony πŸ™



Friday, June 28, 2019

Marianne Williamson - A Politics of Love



It’s very easy to speak your full spiritual truth with people who understand you.

It’s a whole other game completely to stand in the fullness of that truth before the world, naked, before those who do not.

To speak about the Way of Love in perhaps the most divisive of arenas: politics.

I’ve read many of Marianne Williamson’s books, and believe in the message she shares. The fact that she was able to articulate that message – and that she got to that stage at all – speaks to the awakening of that consciousness that is taking root in our world.

I also see it as a testament to the consistent inner work that I – and millions around the world – are doing of cleaning up and transforming the beliefs, programs, traumas, paradigms and FEARS deeply entrenched in my own psyche; of showing up every day, every moment, and facing those fears with LOVE; standing steadfastly in that Love so that moments like Marianne on that stage can reveal themselves to me/us.

She is an outer manifestation of the inner work (meditations, peace walks, yoga, etc.) that each of us is consistently doing, day in day out, in the stillness and anonymity of our own hearts.

I take great courage from her example; to not only continue the inner work myself, but to (in my own way) articulate what it means to walk the Way of Love, and to walk it fully.

Mony πŸ’œ

P.S. If interested, this is a 3-minute clip of her speaking from the Democratic Debates yesterday.

https://time.com/5616722/marianne-williamson-2020-democratic-debate/.




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