Building Bridges

-in diversity, there is strength and there is beauty.

Today marks a historic day with the results of the EU referendum.  I tend to keep my nose down and get on with life; yet, you cannot deny that with nearly half of the population wanting in, and the other out, things are going to be unsettled for awhile.

I feel what is crucial is we pull together and support each other in moving forwards.  Bridges need to be forged and people need to walk arm-in-arm and shape the future that we dream of.

In order to do that, we need to look at ourselves, and our deep-seated values, and ask ourselves if anything needs to change there.  Life means progress, and progress means change.  As we grow, our bodies change, where we go to school changes, babies are born, people die.  If we look back in time, societies have evolved.  As humans, we have gone from being hunter-gatherers, to enjoying having the comforts of life today.  Country borders have changed just in my lifetime, let alone over the centuries.

So why is it that people seem to want to cling on to the past?

Is it because we are scared of the unknown?

Perhaps then we should look at the bigger picture?  Appreciate how life has changed over the centuries, be fascinated by change and realise that change begins with us.

Rather than look outward and picking at the faults in the European government and the state of the country, or the people around us; how about looking at our faults?

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Wayne Dyer

We have to be the change, from within.

Build bridges with yourself, the parts of you that you are ashamed of, that you don’t like or wish to be seen by others.  Build bridges with those around you.  Yoga teaches us to self-reflect in order to make informed choices.  It also teaches us to have compassion.  So, ask yourself if your decision on a daily basis are influenced by stories from your past or present, rather than the future vision.

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

John F. Kennedy

Do you even know what your vision is for your future? What about the future of your children and their children?  Our lives today as so far removed from when we were a child.  Yes, there seem to be faults with life in 2016; yet, I am sure that when my grandparents were my age, there were faults then.

So let us link arms and make a commitment to keep growing as human beings, to strive to be better.  To look at what is good in any situation and other people, rather than what is not.

Make a choice to live from a place of abundance, rather than fear and scarcity.

This world and life of ours has so much to give.

Be open-hearted and walk with love.

I leave you with this beautiful song by Michael Franti … “GOOD TO BE ALIVE TODAY is a song about gratitude. A song to remind us of the good in the world, especially on the days when our souls are rocked by all of the bad news that surrounds us. A reminder to be grateful for all we have, at the same time, to tenaciously stand behind things in life that serve the greater good.”

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