Fear has made us crazy

make tea not warRecent events in Minnesota, Louisiana and Texas have brought blood shed, once again, to our front doors. Our country is divided by skin color, religions, political affiliations, bank accounts, education, ethnicity, opportunities, and neighborhoods. So is our world. This violence is very painful — and scary, too. It reflects too much fear. And fear, like shame, is a learned response. What examples are we giving our younger generations?

Fear has made us crazy and irrational and short-sighted. We hang on to enmity. We shake with rage and spit rancor. We busily point fingers and fire guns to prove our righteousness. Why must it always be a polemic? Do we have to feel angry to feel alive or to feel safe?

Can we, one by one, consciously choose a more mindful and well-considered mode of operation? Can we regain our sanity and stop raging? Can we begin to incrementally make peace with ourselves, our loved ones, our neighbors? Can we see one another with neutral eyes and hang up expectations, assumptions and biases? Equally, can we speak out about injustice and violence and not stand silent amidst cruelty and terror?

Each of us is a vibratory being. Our thoughts and actions influence the collective energetic gestalt of the planet. Let us use our powers for good:

Endeavor to meet one another with an open heart. Walk in one another’s shoes. Perception is everything. How we take in a situation or an interaction, impacts how we respond and how we behave.

Stand for equality.

Decry cruelty and injustice.

Teach our children the lessons of social justice and generosity of spirit.

Send love, prayers and blessings to those hunkered down in heart-breaking and terrifying circumstances.

Ideally, we want to be the best that we can be. Of course, that varies from day-to-day, but we all feel better when we act from our Best Selves. We feel happier — and the research proves it — when we do for one another and when we have positive social interactions. We are social beings. It matters how we interact with one another. We all share the same global sandbox. Let’s make it a happier and more peaceful place for us all by upping our individual responses and actions from a more heart-centered place.

 

 

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9 Responses to Fear has made us crazy

  1. Adele Ryan McDowell August 14, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

    Thank you so much, Terri.

  2. Terri Bantle walker August 14, 2016 at 7:43 am #

    You are spot on Adele??????

  3. Adele Ryan McDowell July 23, 2016 at 7:03 pm #

    Beautiful. Thank you so much, Meredith. You are a light. xx

  4. Adele Ryan McDowell July 23, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

    Thank you, Cat. I am grateful to know. My web person is back from vacation and is looking to into this. Thank you so much for telling me and we will get it remedied.

  5. Cat July 19, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    When I enter my email address, as the box above asks me to do to receive updates, I get this message with a red “x” to the side…”The feed does not have subscriptions by email enabled” ???

  6. meredith blevins July 18, 2016 at 8:47 pm #

    Today, while on the road and listening to NPR, we heard a brilliant man, black, Reverend West. He said, “This country is having a nervous breakdown.” He is correct, I believe. And, looking at what’s going on with the rest of the world, I would say, “This world is having a nervous breakdown.” All caused by fear of The Other.

    I noticed while going to various stores and doc appointments–and there were many–people seemed extra-courteous, extra-nice, extra-patient. As individuals, yes, we can create healing. Okay, these weren’t big-deal errands, but . . . I believe more people were acting from their Best Self.

    Thank you, Adele, for writing this.

  7. Colleen Brown July 18, 2016 at 11:25 am #

    I loved this — have not heard any one describe it the wya you have but it is welcome’d news and on my radar screen. Even though I am well–I am fighting it!! Uh oh. Grin

  8. Adele Ryan McDowell July 12, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

    Many thanks, Chris.

  9. Christina Hubbard July 11, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

    Brilliantly said. Thanks Adele