Birthday Musings on our Comfort Zone

Today is my birthday. Birthdays can be a good time to take stock and be reflective. I’ve been thinking a lot lately, as I often do, about solutions to wicked problems like climate change. How do we get from where we are to where we need to be, collectively. I once read a book by Jane Goodall where she said we all need to become saints. And in a way we do.

I can be an overachiever. I’ve always been an introspective person. I’ve never needed to stick my face in the mud in order to find out what I didn’t want.  I learn easily from other people’s mistakes.

My mind is relatively quiet and that allows me to focus and to think things through clearly. I don’t have that thing, maybe it’s self-consciousness, that makes other people quit. But, until recently in my evolution, I’d look at other people and then look at myself and say, “good enough.” But is being good enough really good enough for the world?

Well, hell no! The world doesn’t need any more good enough. What the world needs is for us all to dig deep, find our heart’s calling, and to grab onto it with both hands.

This can be really scary. All kinds of stuff comes up when we break through long established patterns and beliefs–like the belief in our own powerlessness, or the belief that things can’t change. It can be terrifying moving outside our comfort zones.

But, the only true liberation in life is to look into that abyss, understand that we can’t control, while at the same time we can co-create the outcome we choose.

And since we’ve already shown up to the dance, let’s get out there and co-create the best of our dreams and aspirations for everyone!

Happy Birthday Me
Happy Birthday You
Happy Birthday World

 

Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu
May auspiciousness be unto all

Sarvesham Santir Bhavatu
May Peace be unto all;

Sarvesham Purnam Bhavatu
May fullness be unto all:

Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu
May prosperity be unto all

Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
May all be happy

Sarve Santu Niramayah
May all be free from disabilities

Sarve Bhadrani Pashyantu
May all behold what is auspicious

Ma Kaschid-Duhkha-Bhag-Bhavet
May none suffer from sorrow

Asato Ma Sadgamaya
Lead me from the unreal to the Real

Tamaso Ma Jyotir-Gamaya
Lead me from darkness to Light

Mrityor-Ma Amritam Gumaya
Lead me from mortality to Immortality

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Om Peace Peace Peace

 

2 comments

  • Ken Workman

    Late for your birthday contemplation, but you move so fast! “…look(ing) at other people”, is the wrong guide for your measurement, but you know that now.

    “Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
    a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
    If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
    this is the best season of your life.
    -Wu Men

    Mrityor-Ma Amritam Gumaya.

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