Yesterday was World Refugee Day. I didn’t know that as I began my morning ritual of intentional practice (a fancy way of saying I sit still and think about love, invite it into my heart and ask it to guide my thoughts, decisions and actions for the day).
Before I even asked anything, these thoughts arose in me:
Let go and Love.
Be filled with and go forth into the world, healing as you do (are healed).
Know that the only truth, is Love.
You, are Love.”
I wrote it all down.
Like I’ve said before, the truths which have been revealed to me since I began this practice have been profoundly simple. After 58 days of inviting the truth into my heart every morning, this is where I have been led.
If you only knew the amount of crap I have had to clear and the pain I have been through in order to arrive here!!!! (And some of you do).
I just sat with that for a while, for there was really nothing else to think about after that.
Just know that you are love, and love others.
When I checked my email afterwards, I’d received a message from the International Medical Corps announcing World Refugee Day. As I read through the statistics about Syria, I thought about the recent news in my home country of Australia.
As I scrolled through Facebook later that day, I read through the updates of the Asylum Seeker Resource Center, which included a photograph of a man who recently died in custody and whose death has sparked more debate over the treatment of refugees in Australia.
I thought about that man. I read through a few of the angry, outraged responses.
But I wasn’t angry. I wasn’t outraged.
I had been, not so long ago. Anger and outrage have been modes I’ve used in the past to express my confusion and guilt over matters concerning my fellow humans.
Blame was another good one. Especially toward the government. But now, while I understand and even applaud those reactions in others, I don’t feel it necessary to embrace them myself.
It all comes back to the love.
I’ve realised that Love Will Win, because it always does, so I am no longer afraid of the world and its woes.
But I have also realised that I can do nothing except invite it and allow it into my own heart. Since love (and compassion and hope and forgiveness) ARE the truth, I only need clear my mind and heart of all my fears to allow it to fill me up.
It seems more difficult to change ourselves, but only because it appears that way. It seems easier to blame and become enraged at the atrocities of others, but it actually only brings more suffering to ourselves. In some ways, we should be thanking the world for teaching us to love more.
Anger has no place, except to wake us up enough to move from fear to love.
Blame has no place except to empower us to great action.
Darkness has no place except to draw us into the reality of the light.
Love begins with us. If we can’t allow it into our own hearts and minds, inviting it into our daily interactions, decisions and actions, then we are unable to change the world.
I want to change the world, and I’m starting with me. Because I am worthy of love, and because you are too.
Check out this short Maya Angelou clip which rocks my world every time I hear her profound message of love.