Excerpted from Alan Briskin's Huffington Post article.
SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you understand the notion of becoming active participants translating meaning into life? Can you share a personal story of synchronicity where your returning to balance coincided with harmonious external changes? What helps you stay focused on your inner balance when you notice disharmony in the outer world?
When I see disharmony in the universe, I bless it, saying: "bless your heart, [the person or event], and "bless my heart". I then continue to bless people and events with whom I feel disharmony, and each time blessing my heart. This helps me to be calm and to come within.
Synchronicity for sure today! I was planning on posting in another forum We become the stories and experiences we share. I believe this relates beautifully to the idea of "becoming active participants translating meaning into life." For example, post election here in the US, although some awful things have happened already in the name of hate, other wonderful things have happened as well with people stepping forward to act out in deeper kindness and love and care to one another. Which stories do we focus upon? Which ones do we continue to share? We become these and our world view changes because of it. Do we lament or do we take positive action? And do we allow ourselves to be in discord or harmony? I struggled with this last Friday as I have a wide range of friends with a very wide range of beliefs, I hold all of them in my heart with compassion and seek to understand views that may be different from my own. I do my best to not judge, but to listen to hear what is going on underneath. When we stop to do this listening, the story we hear is usually one not so different from our own: we all want to be valued, understood, cared for and to matter. So I focus on this and then I ask: how can I serve others to feel this and how can i reflect it myself?[Hide Full Comment]
I had been caught up in the sadness I felt during and after the election season. I was recently jolted out of it & into the joyful wonder by synchronicity. I am an art teacher and one of my students was looking for help & research material for a project. Two days later, as I browsed in a thrift shop, a book caught my eye. I opened it up, and there were just the instructions we were looking for! It made me so happy to realize that when I put my heart into caring for others,even in small ways, the universe works with us! It gave me hope and a renewed commitment to try to make ripples, no matter how small, toward good for others.
YES! We need this especially now...a group of contemplatives willing to commit to practicing daily to send that love and energy into the world.
Such readings make me go deep inside of myself. I have come to realize that when I create dissonance in me by being carried away by my self fulfilling needs without consideration of the other, I create a big split in me and the other. When I become aware of my self-created disharmony within me and consciously make a shift in me I once again feel wholeness in me and with the other. This is like tending my garden and receiving the rain of grace. To me this is the awakening, coming out of my slumber, and relating to the light within me and without me.This is the middle point where both hands come together, the outer and the inner. And the rain of joy, love,light and peace showers.
May I continue learning how to remain awakened and balanced and receive the blessings of the rain!
Jagdish P Dave
I think of us as participating in the meaning of life, not as translating meaning into life. The meaning of life is whatever it is. Our translating meaning into life is our interpretation. We can be in harmony with our selves which puts us in harmony with Nature though not necessarily in harmony with the outer world of people and activities around us. When in harmony with Nature, we are in harmony with the meaning of life. In becoming more accepting and valuing of my real self, I allowed more synchronicity with my self and became more in balance with my self which resulted in others becoming more accepting and valuing of me -- what a coincidence. What helps me stay focused on inner balance is knowing that my real self is my essence and foundation that I need to stay faithful to even when noticing disharmony in the outer world. I've learned that faithfulness to my inner self is primary and independent of the outer world and keeps me in balance with my inner self.[Hide Full Comment]
Such a beautiful reflection to change the lens on my perspective. Reminds me of Swami Vivekananda's speech on 'microcosm' - the world within - and the 'macrocosm' - the world without. He said that the inner world of a person decides whether any blow from the outer world affects her/him. Similarly, I've also found that if I am not at peace or acceptance with myself, it becomes difficult to accept things in the outside world. Perhaps acceptance of the situation allows surrender, and then we may not be waiting for the synchronicity to happen, making us at peace with the outcome?