Change is an inside job. If you truly want to see change in the world, you need to start by changing yourself. In a world so broken, that needs so much repair; we can each do our part by healing what’s broken inside each of us.
We can’t change our government systems in one day, but we can change how we
show up for ourselves and others during this time, how we react and how we treat others on a daily basis – when we pass someone on the street, or stand behind them in line. A smile goes a long way. Let’s infuse more love into our planet, into our neighborhoods, into our workplaces and into our homes. A little light dispels a lot of darkness, and just one smile can mend a broken heart.
I challenge you to ask yourself these questions:
How do you react when the world feels chaotic and uncertain? What is it bringing up inside of you? Can you take the time to do some inner work? I believe that what is reflected on the outside is perhaps a deeper reflection of our insides and the work that needs to be done within ourselves. When we don’t heal our inner child wounds, we remain in victim mind set, develop strong reactions to all that’s going on around us and keep running into the same traps in life.
Perhaps through healing, we can become more compassionate, less reactive and approach one another with less judgement, more wisdom, and a lot more love and acceptance.
I love this poem that brings this point home:
”When I was a young man , I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town so as an older man, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realize that the only thing I can change is myself; and suddenly I realized that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world!”
I want to end with gratitude to all the healers on the front lines doing the hard work of repairing a broken world; one person at a time. If only our government would invest as much money as they do in repairing damage, towards preventative care and making healing therapies available for all, we’d all be better off and things like this wouldn’t happen.
Thank you to my amazing therapist friends who are holding so much space right now: Rachel, Sharon, my incredible energy teacher Raven, and two people I look up to so much Christine and Stef (who are facilitating an awesome healing your inner child workshop this weekend and who are a great source of light and wisdom during this time, offering free meditations, healing and guidance to the community every two weeks. Sign up and watch the replays here.)
If you got this far, thank you for reading and being committed to the work of bettering yourself so that you can bring more healing and light into our world. When you heal yourself, you truly heal all those around you. If you’re not called to self growth and healing for yourself, then do it for those you care about.
One of my favorite Rumi quotes, so powerful, especially during this time:
“If you keep your heart open though everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom“.
Have an easy week my friends and take time for self care and reflection. For more ‘Rivkie musings’, check out my Instagram page, where I share a lot more.
Lots of love,