In this world of fanciful dreams and one up-manship, of selfies and achievement, it's easy to lose sight of the simple things in life that can be the most profound.
I've been studying and researching the idea of COMPASSION quite a lot lately, and it's such a beautiful idea to me. Compassion is being curious about the moment, about life (as opposed to judging). It's about looking at common humanity (I promise, whatever you're feeling, you're not alone. Someone else is feeling or has felt exactly like you do! Validity). And finally, it's about adding kindness into the equation.
It's great to have goals, to achieve, to grow. But more and more I'm realising that so many of us are forgetting the beauty in this moment, the miracle that our life is right now, and the brilliance of this breath. We run so fast and far away from any sign of discomfort or sadness. We drink over it, we smoke, we buy toys so we don't have to feel low or sad or less than. And we get a rush - a momentary, fleeting joy or high, that for a quick minute confirms our idea of moving away from the moment, of numbing it out.
I understand - I mean, who the hell wants to feel bad and sad? It sucks!
But when we continually run away from it, we miss the common humanity - we miss the knowledge that EVERYONE feels good and bad and sad and joyous and full, on an ever-rotating cycle. That is the human experience. And when we run run run, we are full of fear. And when we are full of fear, we build up the idea of pain or hurt or sadness to an even bigger monster than it really ever was.
But if we flipped the script, if we showed up, and played at the edges of discomfort, we'd really begin to understand that things always shift and move and change. Impermanence is the only permanent! If we be kind to ourselves when we suffer, if we show up, things will surely shift - just as the sun sets and the moon rises.
Fear versus compassion. Running versus showing up. Kindness + simplicity versus complication + contraction.
I know which side I'd rather be on, so here's to remembering!
Love from me to you xx