I felt the need to write for you today, but I wasn't sure what about, so I pulled out my "The answer is simple" oracle cards ( there's a huge clue in the title, don't you just love the synchronicty?) and picked "Step away from the crowd", which is particularly interesting as in the past few days I have had conversations with a couple of my like-minded friends, who like myself, have found themselves feeling the need to retreat a little from the "Crowd" to get back to simplicity, to cut through the "Bu*%$"it and remove the gloss. Now, I must state for the record, this isn't about to become a negative blog or a negative statement, or a criticism of anyone, just an acknowledgement that as human beings we can get caught up in the masses, get swept along with the hype, the propaganda, the spin and the window dressing and forget that life doesn't have to be so very complicated... it can be just simple.
As many of you know I use social media to communicate and connect, I have a smart phone, a computer, I'm not removed from the high tech age that we live in. However, I like some of my friends are feeling a deep need to step away , take time out and just BE.
Turn on the TV, the radio, open a newspaper, pop onto facebook or twitter and we're bombarded with news, opinions, spin and a cacophony of noise. And that news right now isn't the most pleasant sound with which to feed our souls. That's not to say I have no feelings for the harsh realities in our World right now, but by adding to it with sadness, judgement, anger or upset will not add positive energy to myself, anyone around me or in fact to the World. (remember the butterfly effect?)
butterfly effect noun: butterfly effect; plural noun: butterfly effects
I was reminded this morning that there will be a silence at 10pm this evening (UK time) in remembrance of the beginning of the first World war. All of those souls lost their lives to give us a better chance at life. I wonder, are we making the best of that opportunity ? If we can find peace within us, if each and everyone of us can find that quiet space, that communion with our spirit, then perhaps, just maybe, we can truly seize the life that has been afforded us by those that so cruelly were lost in the great war.
It really is up to us, to step away from the crowd, to go within and find our own core truth, our own simplicity. And carrying on with the butterfly reference, and it's symbolism; this is the perfect catalyst for change and transformation.
Whilst on a recent course, myself and some of the delegates took a lunchtime stroll to find some greenery ( in central London) we were wandering around just near Covent Garden when we found Lincoln's Inn Fields. It seemed like lots of others had a similar idea, as many local workers were sitting eating lunch with their colleagues, enjoying some summer sunshine. Now we could have done just the same, we could have followed the crowd, but instead we joined in our small group and hugged the biggest tree we could find. What an uplifting experience, all from a simple act. Bringing blissful harmony and pleasure.
It made me think, perhaps we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle the noise of the crowd that we can't hear our spirit. It's healthy, no sometimes maybe it's essential to step away from the crowd. Time to allow us to check-in with our spirit and to go within. Time away from the crowd gives us the opportunity to reconnect with our spirit, to who we are to what's in tune for us.
Just imagine, if each and everyone could reconnect with their true essence, what might happen to the World we live in?
Just a thought!
Until next time,
make each moment a meaningful and peaceful one,
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