Things to Think

Think in ways you’ve never thought before.
If the phone rings, think of it as carrying a message
Larger than anything you’ve ever heard,
Vaster than a hundred lines of Yeats.

Think that someone may bring a bear to your door,
Maybe wounded and deranged; or think that a moose
Has risen out of the lake, and he’s carrying on his antlers
A child of your own whom you’ve never seen.

When someone knocks on the door, think that he’s about
To give you something large: tell you you’re forgiven,
Or that it’s not necessary to work all the time, or that it’s
Been decided that if you lie down no one will die.
— Robert Bly

This is hands down one of my favourite poems.

We are in transformational times. The times are changing and shifts are happening, opening up doors to new worlds that we never before have been possible as mankind. Humanity is awakening to a pivotal degree, and you'll see this even more so as Trump leads the free world and every man, woman and child will be triggered to do deep healing. 

As people begin to realize that maybe they feel strongly about certain things, that they want to fight for their voice to be heard, and that they cannot do these things with fear and anger in their hearts, they'll turn to radical love and kindness. 

First, the path is healing. Seeing all of the ways that we have forgotten ourselves. That we have neglected ourselves for others. That we have played into the 'system', dutifully going to work and going home, taking our paycheques and buying the things that are made to make us feel better, and not digging deeper. Being content with numbing ourselves all night just to do it again in the morning. 

But then, we hear this whisper. This feeling of "what is out there?" "Why are we here?" and as more destruction happens we ask, "What are we doing to ourselves?"

We come to this point in our lives where asking the questions becomes in need of some answers. And we look outward. We go to yoga, do the meditations, go to the forest, and pay healers to look inward at us. Rather than looking at ourselves, we plea, "Help!" to the full moon, or to our bathroom floor, or to India, or to wine. To any possible thing that can "fix" us, but the truth is, we don't need fixing. And I have a secret for you: 

the healing comes from within.

It's what they don't want you to know, it's what my son Onyx knows so perfectly himself, right now, before the world gets to him.

He is enough.

I am enough.

We have all the answers for the ache of it all within our hearts. If only we can quiet the mind enough to get there.

You see, we think so many things. We think entire stories and live our lives based on how we think people think. On how we think WE think. We think up all kinds of ways to say I'm not enough, so I need that BMW. I'm not enough so I need that house. I'm not enough so I need those books, that yoga mat, the latest stroller, and those boots. 

The amazing thing is, we ARE enough. We have it all, just by being here, having the human experience. We are householders, we live in society, so we have to thrive. But what if we all STOPPED the madness of thinking that we need all the things and just listened. 

What if we spent a day listening to our soul? Even a minute? Most will go their whole life without stopping. 

It's too hard to stop when you're thinking about all the parties, all of the people, all of the THINGS! 

So today, I prod you to simply shift the way you think for one new thought. Carve a new brain path out, for just one moment. When you're ready to lash out in anger or defensiveness, think a new thought about the person you're angry with. See yourself in them. A human, in need of love, care, kindness. Think of your daughter, perhaps she's hiding her feelings because you've never asked her about them or honoured the fact that she feels so much. When a mailman leaves a package on your doorstep, think of the love and care that went into the process to get it there. Think about the fact that maybe that mailman loves his job so much it's his whole world. What joy comes from it when someone loves the work that they do. When you eat an apple, think of the farmer who plucked it off his orchard, ripe with colour, and of the happiness he felt at the bounty. 

This simple shifting of the things we think, it can shift everything. Our whole world can go bright.

What lovely things to think.