"Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure." - Rumi
Sign o' the times
Let's face it. We're not living in inspiring times. We're living in the middle of a global pandemic with inept leadership, uncertainty in our jobs, health, and life itself. Instead of coming together as a country, we're more divided than ever.
Of course, as always, it's open season on unarmed black people. Despite being born in this country and knowing the inevitable issues black and brown people face, I still can't stomach the disparity of policing between certain sections of the population. Armed white protesters can storm a state-building and scream in the face of police officers, but when protesters in Minneapolis get a little too close, they get tear-gassed.
It's hard to find inspiration, but we still need to.
Surrendering to the times
Still, I look for a reason to rise above. This chaotic period is what it is. A significant shift is happening in the world, and I plan on being on the right side of history. Change is painful. Spiritual teacher Adyashanti said:
"Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or happier. It's seeing through the facade of pretense. It's the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true."
As more people in this world awaken, it will be a rough process for many. We have to feel it, learn the lesson, and move beyond it. We do that so many times in our lives. When we get a cut or hurt ourselves in some way, we put whatever ointment is necessary on our wound and get on with our day.
I understand that what we are facing right now is a massive wound. What's the alternative? Wallow and do the same things? Or find a way to take inspired action and move forward in a meaningful way?
Allow the inspiration
As I go through these erratic times, I find the joy in the mundane and spiritual. I know my angst won't create change, so I move past it. I find my flow, and that propels me to take meaningful action.
My meaningful actions are the way I show up in the world as my most authentic self, my purest self. The more I do that, the more I can inspire others to do the same.
Our purest selves are our best selves. Find reasons to be your best self, even when you have reasons not to be.
"For I can see, in the midst of death, life persists,
In the midst of untruth, truth persists,
In the midst of darkness, life persists."
- Mahatma Gandhi
Until next time...look behind and beyond the veil...
Sameena K. Mughal, Author, Freelance Writer