|The past few weeks in particular, I’ve been in deep contemplation over how it can feel like a personal attack when our beliefs feel threatened.
Afterall, our truth has been shaped by our personal experiences (which feel like an extension of ourselves) and our instinct is to defend, protect and potentially even, fight back.
Perhaps you have heard great quotes about ‘the Truth being relative’ and know on some level that your own truth has been shaped from your personal experiences.
We may recognise that our truth is a lens through which we experience life – our own perspective…and that it has changed over time or with new/more information.
Over the last few years The Truth about many different subjects, particularly global ones, has been the cause of much confusion, speculation and fear. In addition, the perpetual pushing of a version of Truth via the media and from politicians (for many decades) has elicited mistrust and promoted a widening gap of black and white thinking.
The outcome of digging our heels in, protecting our truth/point of view or attacking another for their differing view often takes us further away from a goal that many are seeking… peace: to feel easeful, reduce stress, experience joy and love.
So rather than insisting our truth is The Truth, debating, fighting, hating others for their differing truth, is it possible to:
– ground ourselves in the present moment
– listen with compassion (the person sharing their view is sharing their experience of life & how it has impacted them)
– be open to hearing what their heart is speaking, without judgement
– thank them for offering their personal truth, and
if asked, be willing to share yours?
Perhaps, through this way of communicating, we may all soften and embrace a little more grey and humanity.
Sharing with you one of my favourite mantras,
Shantipaath – Prayer for Peace:
Sarve bhavantu sukhinah
Sarve santu niramayah
Sarve bhadrani pashyantu
Ma kascit dukhabhag bhavet
Om Shantih Shantih Shantih
May all be happy, may all be healthy,
May all look to the good in others,
May no one suffer,
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.