The #1 Way to Bridge Our DifferencesMindfulness
The times that we live in have me thinking a lot. Though days may be difficult, confusing, upsetting, and anxiety-ridden, I believe they have a powerful purpose in bringing up our shadows, so that we can see them, work through them, and come out on the other side stronger. The greatest thing I have been noticing is the consistent focus on our differences. Different races, genders, sexual orientations, nationalities, religions, political views; we are constantly looking at ways we separate and close off from one another. Of course we have different attributes, the truth is we are one, and we are all part of the human race. In my thinking, I have come to believe that the reason we are in such a difficult era is because we have focused too much on the differences. When we create labels, we shut down our ability to recognize that the people we think are “different” are still truly human beings trying to live their lives in this world; just like us. Focusing on differences leads to lack of compassion, kindness, understanding, and ultimately, love.
Love is what bridges all of the differences we see in others.
I believe that living life as a full embodiment of love would change the world. Embodying love means seeing people as people, who have their own stories, their own circumstances, their own destinies and not having judgment for any of it.
When we live in love, we are living compassionately, kindly, and with understanding and patience for everyone we encounter.
When we live in love, we recognize the humanity in one another.
When we live in love, we are not judgmental, condescending, or hateful.
When we live in love, we want what’s best for all, leading to a peaceful existence.
Marianne Williamson says, “Love is what we are born with, fear is what we learn.” Love is our default, somehow we have allowed ourselves to be permeated by fear.
Thankfully we can consciously choose love every moment of every day. How you may ask? We set the intention to see all people as human beings and actively choose love.
Wishing you all a beautiful day- choose love today!
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at email@example.com