If you live in the United States, surely you know it’s that time of the year. The time when we watch a parade of political candidates on our television screens debating each other about issues that affect the country, its citizens and the citizens of the world. One of the biggest topics that has come to the forefront is that of climate change.
Scientists have been warning us about it for decades but we are now at a moment in history where conversations centered around climate change have reached fever pitch. It’s scary to think about but it’s really important that we all become aware because the more we know, the more we can do. This in mind, one of the key components to taking care of the planet is undoing a lot of the damage that has been done through lack of compassion.
Compassion, on a global scale, has been missing from society for a long time. We see it with how major corporations operate, how law enforcement officials operate and even on an individual basis. Having concern for others - even persons who cannot verbally speak for themselves (like the earth and animals) - is something that can change our lives. But as with everything else, before we can have compassion for others, we must have compassion for ourselves. Only then can we understand what it truly is.
Meditation, as usual, is a great way to develop compassion for oneself. By sitting in silence for at least five minutes every day, we allow our brain to relax and heal in a way that it cannot when constantly bombarded with stimuli and external validation or insult. It is only when we set aside our judgements that we can evaluate situations with the clarity and peace of mind that compassion provides. By showing compassion we are living in the present instead of in the past or the future. We are recognizing a situation for what it is instead of what it ‘should’ or ‘could’ be. And only when we do this, can we fix what’s in front of us.
That said, I hope that we can all go into August with compassion and love for our fellow beings and this planet. Find out what what you can do to live a more compassionate existence and watch the world change.