(I began this blog before the recent school mass shooting in Texas, and have added something at the end, in reference.)
Change is the constant, the nature of life, and we’re all feeling its demands and repercussions more than ever. Moving from reactiveness to responsiveness is helpful in the midst of change, as is staying open-hearted and curious. But in the presence of global instability, minds that have been radicalized, and heightened collective fear, it’s a challenge that requires a strong practice, often on a daily basis.
We always have answers within and access to guidance beyond our field of perception. In the stillness that can be reached by creating space for resonance of mind, body and spirit, we can hear this guidance. In editing that which triggers our fears, learning to take in what we can handle and giving ourselves down time or even positive distraction to attain some balance, we can manage better. Even in constantly shifting winds, compassion, kindness, love, and positive action can be the cornerstones of a newly created foundation from which we build our lives now.
Lately, I’ve been allowing sleeplessness to bring up the deeper emotions and thoughts that course through me. Rather than fight it, I get out my journal and write. Even when tearful or despairing, it becomes a purification and self acknowledgment that wouldn’t present itself otherwise. I also have books on hand, or Lion’s Roar Buddhist magazine to then guide my mind toward nurturing, insightful truths, as well as countless meditations encouraging depth of connection and regenerative sleep. Most importantly, I let go of the old conditioning that insists I need eight hours of sleep and accept I will have the energy I need for the day ahead.
During a long recovery from recent surgeries, I discovered an unusually long series of novels taking place in the time of the Civil War, the Bregdan Chronicles by Ginny Dye. (So far there are eighteen novels and she plans to keep writing them.) It has been an astounding re-visiting of our nation’s history and profoundly insightful regarding the continuing problems we are facing. What I love the most, is the demonstration of how we can live to rise above those challenges.
Each book evolves from what she calls the Bregdan Principle, and I bring it up in lieu of our common grief, despair and helplessness over the lives lost in Texas last week, along with all the other tragedies of war and suffering we are in the midst of. I hope it inspires you:
“Every life that has been lived until today is a part of the woven braid of life. It takes every person’s story to create history. Your life will help determine the course of history. You may think you don’t have much of an impact. You do. Every action you take will reflect in someone else’s life. Someone else’s decisions. Someone else’s future. Both good and bad.”
She explains that she named this series The Bregdan Chronicles because Bregdan is a Gaelic term for weaving, braiding. It is a good reminder for us. We are each a thread in the tapestry of life, all of us artists contributing in a fluid design, with the power every single day to re-weave a more beautiful creation through our expression, choices and loving actions.