FEATURED ON HOMEPAGE
The soul of the world needs a childish makeover. A quiet, internal awakening like a new sun rising.
We all want to experience love, happiness, meaning and fulfillment in our lives. But our modern society is not set up for prioritizing those things. It’s more about mere survival. Everything we do is fast-paced. Hour after hour, our days are rushed. We run like lemmings fueled by stress, worry and fear. We race from morning till night, and on through the years until we are old, worn out and fall off the cliff into nursing homes.
We leave our babies and children all day to be raised by strangers while we struggle through groundhog’s day at a meaningless job, just to keep a roof over our heads and buy food. Our children cry for us when we leave them, and we cry for them once we’re out of sight in the car. We try and justify it by telling ourselves it’s just the way things are. Everyone does it. It’s just “normal” nowadays. But deep down we know it’s wrong. Nothing about being apart from your child 90% of their waking lives feels right. I don’t want that life for my child. And I don’t want it for anyone else’s.
“There is only one kind of love, but
there are a thousand imitations.”
~ Duc de la Rochefoucauld
In the history of humanity, we’ve gone from caveman to where we are today. In our rush for advancement we seem to have lost sight of what really matters. I think it's time to reach for the next level. Thich Nhat Hanh calls it “Homo conscious, or humans with the capacity to be mindful.” It’s reminiscent of how physicist Michio Kaku described his desire to help humanity become a “type one civilization”. He explains what that means in the video to the right. When I watched it the first time, I immediately felt, Yes. Let's do that, let's start right now.
Imagine our children and grandchildren, living in a new world where freedom, happiness, compassion and love are prioritized over money, greed and control. How would it feel if people everywhere were more mindful, conscientious and kind? I can’t think of anything more worthwhile to do with my life than to join that effort.
We can start bringing this quiet change into reality, one person at a time. Mothers (and yes, Fathers too) are raising the next generation at this very moment. We are all born loving, kind, peaceful little beings. If we can just keep that light going in our young children, and to teach them to trust and listen to their innate selves, imagine the ripple effect they will have in the world throughout their entire lives. It will be the quietest, most peaceful revolution in the history of us all.
However kids are raised, they will believe that is “normal”. If they grow up in abusive households where those around them are angry, violent and unkind, that is the way they will assume the world is. To survive, they will adapt and become mirrors of the actions and words they see every day.
Thankfully most kids are not exposed to such extremes. But even in suburban, middle class homes, the same survival adaptations are in action when emotional damage metastasizes into long-lasting, subterranean, harmful beliefs that shout over the child’s true inner voice throughout
their life. What do our young children experience day after day when we are gone?
Maybe part of the problem is that we tell our kids and ourselves that’s just the way the world is.
That’s just the way it is.
That’s not good enough.
“The future is made of only one substance, and that is the present moment.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh
What if all the mothers in the world decided to get together and literally raise a civilization? Starting with ourselves, and passing it on to our children, the sun will one day rise on better world, within our lifetimes. Maybe toward the end of it, but regardless, how satisfying would it be to know what an incredible world our children will inherit?
Michael Jackson had one thing in common with those who wear monk robes. It’s true that with any change, we must look in the mirror and start with ourselves. Moms are a key part of this world and the better one we create for our kids. We are the ones who will make it a reality simply by doing what we want to do anyway. Love and be with our kids.
Time is not money. Time is life
and time is love.
No one has all the answers, but together, we can figure it out along