“Without struggle, success has no value” – Buddha
Edith Wharton said, “If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.”
Are we are nation obsessed with happiness and perfection? Never allowing our fears, our pain, anger, frustration, grief and sadness to arise and be seen?
There is an indigenous saying, “Move on the land, or the land will move you.”
Which means, we must practice letting go of our heavy feelings and energy on the land, because when we don’t, this heavy energy builds up in us and on the land, and at some point, the land has to move it for us.
Which means, fire, floods, drought, viruses etc. You may say these are all natural causes created from climate change, weather extremes, or not enough hygiene practice, but they are excuses for blame and victim hood, instead of us taking responsibility and action that we are connected to everything and everyone.
Albert Einstein tell us, “A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ —a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison, by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Whatever feelings we have within, it’s time to take responsibility for them and know that everything in us, is constantly returning to the outside world around us.
We are completely and inseparably connected to everything on a physical, mental, and emotional level.
And so during difficult times, let’s not lose sight of this interconnectedness, because it is our fear and our separateness that will create more of what we don’t want, and the land will continue to move us again and again, until we finally understand our part in this beautiful cosmos.