Tag Archives: lifestyle

It’s Time for Real Change

We see increasing pressure in society right now to conform to certain points of view. When I see shaming being used as a tool to force people to conform, personally I immediately lose respect for the shamer, as well as my willingness to listen. It speaks volumes about the low integrity of the person or group doing the shaming.

Shaming is a very low energy method of trying to control others. It is akin to taking one’s boot and kicking the “opposition”, trying to grind them into the dirt and eliminate them, rather than making a case for the merits of one’s own point of view, and then allow others the free will to make up their own minds.

That type of behavior is not going to help us build a better society. It is not a model for a more spiritual approach to life, or a cooperative lifting up of our fellow human beings. It is a form of bullying, and when we see a lot of that going on, as we do now, it is an indicator that our society is regressing, not progressing.

I am all for “voices for change”. There are many voices wanting to be heard right now. Our world and societies are in extreme flux. This is actually a positive thing, as I do believe it is causing more people to look inward and evaluate with their own moral compasses and value systems.

Respect for other points of view, and cooperation as well, are essential for us to get “from here to there”. It is essential that humanity lift itself up to a higher place of social behavior in order to create true change in the world.

Otherwise, we will once again simply find some temporary satisfaction in a “change” that is not real change. We will just keep circling around (as we have, many times throughout history) to find ourselves confronted once again with essentially the same set of conflicts, just in a different packaging.

Are we not ready, finally, for real change?

200917

Photos courtesy Andre Furtado and Tobias Bjørkli, Pexels

It’s Time for Real Change © Susan L Hart 2020

Subscribe2

SusanLHart.com

Be the Change You Wish For

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This simple but powerful statement is oft attributed as a quote by Mahatma Gandhi. However, apparently the actual full quote by Gandhi was:

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”

The essence remains the same. We must stop waiting for others to make the change we desire. We as individuals ARE the change.

Are You Waiting for Change?

It’s so simple really, and yet we persist in believing that other people or institutions are going to change our circumstances for us. We see this tendency when people are looking for life partners. They get swept up in those initial love feelings, and they believe that the other person is going to “complete them” for a lifetime. Divorce statistics say that this sort of thinking is faulty. When we adhere to that philosophy we cheat ourselves from our own soul work and growth. We should be striving to complete ourselves.

It is not someone else’s job to complete us, nor should we be waiting for external forces to change the world for us. Yes, we elect our government officials, and we should be able to have faith in the fact that they will work for our good. Unfortunately, currently we live in a world where we’re feeling increasingly betrayed by the officials we elect.

It’s time to change our thinking towards how we’ll contribute to and make the world a good place. It is so very fundamental. You cannot receive that which you yourself are not willing to give.

You desire more kindness in the world? Be kind.
You desire more love? Be loving.
I could go on with more examples, but you get the idea.

We Must Each be the Change

We build a world around us that is of our own vision and making. That’s not just at a micro level of our immediate surroundings. These behaviors ripple outward. Other people learn from us by example, then together we build a better world. We should also expect from our leaders what we are working to build for ourselves. Otherwise, why should we keep them around?

So now I ask you, what kind of world will you personally choose to build today? Whether you believe it or not, the fate of the world rests in your own hands.

200804

Be the Change You Wish For © Susan L Hart 2020

Subscribe2

SusanLHart.com

Cusp of a New Paradigm

We stand on the cusp
of a new time,
a new way of being.

Malcontent with a
world that condones
war for the sake
of profit,
Encourages materialism
rather than true
self-worth,
Divides and conquers
connections between people
at every turn.

Saying no to it all,
and envisioning a world
where freedom and peace,
love for the Earth
and humanity at large
are the norm.

And where every person
has the tools
and the encouragement
to express his or her talents,
and feel fulfilled
and valued.

Where abundance in
every way possible
is not blocked but
becomes reality.
And where love is
the force that prevails.

All this and more,
we dream,
we envision,
we intend,
we build,
we manifest.

For only the power
of our minds,
love, and actions
will create this
new paradigm,
together.

And the time is now.

Subscribe2

Cusp of a New Paradigm © Susan L Hart

SusanLHart.com

It Begins: Quest for Meaning

This post is about beginnings, of my journey as a traveler and writer. Essentially my travel has been a quest for wisdom outside the box. It is difficult to discover wisdom when we are imprisoned in boxes, the ones that we build for ourselves, and the ones society demands that we stay in.

Travel also revealed the writer in me, which I never could have predicted. Previously I had always defined my creative self as “artist”. Traveling has taught me many things, one of them being that we all define ourselves too tightly.

First the years of soul searching

During my early 20’s, I began reading many books on metaphysics and spirituality. Ideas that my mind had explored independently for years demanded it. I voraciously absorbed the knowledge logically, but there came a moment in Point Reyes, California, when I assimilated it at a feeling level. As I stood on a tiny platform looking out over the vast azure Pacific, my body tingled all over. I felt deeply my bond with this seemingly boundless body of water, and I understood the infinite nature of my soul and our connection to everything.

Reyes1

Our inherent childhood wisdom can become lost

Looking back I realize that my childhood self had already known this, but the logical world around me at the time did not support it. So, I had constantly questioned my own intuitive wisdom. Later, reading and exploring the ideas written by other people brought me into alignment with truths that already existed within me. In fact, that visit to the ocean brought me full circle back to myself. I do believe we are born with wisdom that is inherent. But our society values logic first and foremost, which can cause us to lose touch with it as adults.

A new chapter of my life begins

Fast forward another few years, and my partner and I sold everything we owned and began traveling. First stop was Hawaii, where we immediately befriended a free spirit surfer/photographer named Jim Welch. When you are passionately searching and you ask, the universe will work its magic and bring the right things and people to you.

We were all on a similar quest, to find some meaning in life outside the standard formula. I interviewed Jim about his personal experiences and philosophies, and wrote my first story during our travels (published by Escape Artist), called One Wave. And the journey continues…

Reyes2

It Begins: Quest for Meaning © Susan L Hart 2019

Subscribe2