Saturday, September 29, 2012

How to Change Your Life in Midlife - Peace Begins With Me

Are you looking for how to change your life? I've discovered that most women in midlife are not only seeking changes in their own live, but are also seeking to help change the world as well.
The changes we would like to see in the world around us can begin immediately in our own lives. Each of us has the capacity to become a little keystone, a healing and protecting force
within our communities, with friends and family, at work and in whatever environment we find ourselves.

Such little changes can seem small when compared to the kinds of crises we read about in the headlines, but through my personal experience I have become convinced that there is no instrument of change more powerful than the well-lived life.
A profound example
Look at Gandhi - his simple, loving life has done more to benefit the world than all the speeches and policies composed by politicians in this century - however eloquent, however well-meaning.
Once while Mahatma Gandhi's train was pulling slowly out of the station, a reporter ran up to him and asked for a message to take back to his people. Gandhi's reply was a hurried line scrawled on a scrap of paper: "My life is my message."
So, if you have made a commitment to your spiritual life - CONGRATULATE YOURSELF... Every effort you make is important.
Taken together, these small daily efforts to improve our ordinary lives add up to a very powerful force that, in the years to come, can become a kind of spiritual revolution, providing a firm foundation for the kind of political, economic, and ecological improvements we need to make.
Barbara Marx Hubbard, who is a futurist and an awesome spiritual teacher and mentor, has said that what will change the tide and the force of destruction is simply each person living his or her own purpose!!
Where to start?
The great spiritual teachers of all religions, all taught- Start with yourself. There is not much purpose served by preaching to others or by talking at them. WE DO NOT HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE ANYONE ELSE ANYWAY!
The only way to influence people for the better - your family, your friends, your club, your class, your society, even your enemies - is through your personal example. Harmony with the environment - the alleviation of our environmental crisis - and harmony with others - the easing of our social, political and socioeconomic difficulties - both begin with a third harmony: harmony with ourselves.
Even though they may not realize it consciously, people absorb something deep below the conscious level when they see a person at peace within him or herself.
Billboards and consciousness
It is the same mental dynamic as advertisers use in their roadside billboards. While you are traveling on the freeway, you may not notice the billboards consciously, but a certain part of their message steeps into the unconscious, and influences you the next time you go to the store.
I've noticed that I'm consciously choosing to be with people who are PEACEFUL - not necessarily having their lives together - but on a path to it!
Similarly, when you and I are able to live WHATEVER IS BEFORE US IN LIFE with joy,
we are not only fulfilling our highest destiny, we are also helping all those around us to grow to their full height.

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