I feel like I’ve reached some sort of spiritual awakening. Everything in my life is starting to make sense, and I’m learning to trust myself so much more. I’m so grateful for my beautiful life and for the beautiful people in it.
wrap my heart in embers
encase my chest in cloth wrap it stop it from breaking
or at least hold its shattered pieces together
wrap it in steel so I can’t feel the quaking
roaring rivers running through canyons
filled with lions
cool it with breezes, funnel in light
hold me so hard that it stops hurting
hold me hard and plant flowers in my emptiness
I want to watch them bloom in the springtime
remind me that everything dies but that there is new life
I want to devour those pages
those words, intoxicating fantasy
the pit in my stomach,
Ravage you, cover to cover
I want to feel your cobblestones against the soles of my feet and revel in the sunshine playing off of your shoulders
The window gaze reflecting sharply searing into my consciousness
Take me down a little dirt road to faraway England where the sun shines down on the fields of peat
Take me through forests
Replete with dew
The smell of cinder in the trees
Take me through twists and turns to that old bar
Brett Ashley smoking in the corner
lazy gaze of wine, drunk, and afternoon glistening in her eyes
Take me running through glittering cities
the grates hitting our heels endless causeways
and then lead me back to that forgotten orange
Sitting in the fruit bowl placed up high
Long gone summers, kisses, laughter
Take me through those corners and tell me why you always keep the light on in that empty room just in case
I want to feel those corners like they’re mine
Memorize the pages, run them across my tongue like aged honey
Filling my chest like love found,
Like love lost.
Take me back to the time we were sitting in that old Chevrolet and the dust was catching the sun just right across the windshield, lazy day in 1979
You put your sunglasses on and kissed me and everything felt like cigarette smoke and sunshine.
It’s a tough time to be alive. We live in a time where hate crimes are a regular occurrence and where random acts of violence appear on the news every other day. We live in a time where normal people are killed mercilessly as they do everyday things like run marathons, attend parades, have a night out or simply walk around the neighborhood. This is a time where it’s much easier to focus on everything that’s going wrong – it’s a time that’s making it much harder for us to see the things that are actually going right.
We post on social media and express our disgust, fear, hatred and sadness about the events going on around us, and we focus on everything that’s bad in this world. In a sense, we rubberneck as the car accident happens, and then we spread and perpetuate the experience of fear and negativity by posting photographs and commentary online. Very few of us are doing anything to solve the problem – we simply point out what is wrong, and then social media allows the fear and hatred to spread like wildfire. The more we focus on the negative, the bigger it seems. The more we focus on the negative, the more it becomes all we see. What we need to recognize is that this world is not “going downhill*” and that the people performing these acts of violence don’t illustrate society as a whole – they illustrate a small, hateful population that is getting a lot of press.
*note: current US election not included in this sweeping generalization about the world not going downhill
I want to challenge us to focus on the good things that are happening in the world. I want to challenge us to focus on the positive events that still exist and have always existed – the positive energy that we’re actually inhibiting by spreading the fear, hatred and negativity. This isn’t to say that we should be ignorant; we should all be aware of the events that are unfolding across the globe. But what we should do instead of throwing more hatred into the mix is to throw more LOVE out into the world every chance we get. We need to break the cycle of negativity by interrupting it with love. What if instead of focusing on the random, unexpected acts of violence, we focused on performing random, unexpected acts of love? Could we cause a domino affect that would break the cycle, setting off a new chain reaction? What we look for in life tends to be what we find. What we focus on changes our experience of what happens. Our thoughts manifest – and this isn’t touchy-feely spiritual nonsense…this is physics.
Negativity is a defense mechanism, and it’s a defense mechanism that is outdated. It stems from survival instinct – we almost use negativity to try to “prevent” bad things from happening to us. In this day and age, we don’t need that – it doesn’t help us. We can’t prevent bad things from happening, and our very focus on them is what gives the fear and hatred fuel to multiply. Negative thoughts create negative actions, which in turn create more negative thoughts, actions and events. We need to develop a new, better defense mechanism – and that defense mechanism is called positivity. If we focus on positive energy and the good things going on in the world, we promote a cycle of love, acceptance and gratitude – and it multiplies.
Here are the things we should be focusing on and the things we should be doing more of – especially in times like these:
- Focus on positive energy and events
- Focus on the beauty in this world (it’s everywhere!)
- Focus on the good people in this world
- Focus on the love of our friends and family
- Focus on our goals
- Focus on giving love to others in spades
- Focus on helping others
- Focus on our similarities and not our differences
- Focus on our humanity
- Volunteer time to help others
- Promote love
- Promote courage
- Smile more
- Hug more
- Show your love more frequently
- Spend more time with your loved ones
- Focus on the things you want to do, and do them
- Make sure every day of your life is happy
- Make changes if you’re not happy
- Appreciate everything. Little moments, big moments, and everything/everyone you have
- Forgive people who have wronged you (let go, for yourself and for them)
- Keep looking up
- Create beauty wherever you go
- Be so, so grateful to be alive.
Why don’t we focus on the great things? Let’s become fountains of love and positivity. Let’s be so, so, so kind to one another that we soften the hardened hearts around us and prove that there is still so much boundless love to be found in this world. Let’s keep looking for the light, always.