The light within me honors and respects the light within you.
It seems like an appropriate idea to meditate on today of all days; but wouldn’t it be wonderful to recall this every day? Better yet, every minute of every day? Are you honoring and respecting the people around you? Are you seeing the greatness that links you to them and them to you? Are you living it with every breath you take?
You don’t have to be a yogi or a religious nut job to understand that we’re all linked in even the least symbolic or metaphorical of ways. If you don’t believe we share anything else, then know that we share this planet. And isn’t that enough to have in common?
Eleven years ago I was 14-years-old and living in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. And even from there I could feel the United States coming together in the face of impossible tragedy.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we (the world) could come together in the face of a regular Tuesday? Wouldn’t it be awesome to be able to work together just because we’re people and we honor and respect that we at least share that commonality if not religious, political or ethical views?
If everyone literally took the teachings of my Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Cloak (oh and Jesus): treat others the way you want to be treated - and honored that in their day-to-day lives where would we be? For one I think the New York skyline would look like it once did. And so would the lives of thousands and thousands of people.
Does living and respecting your fellow-man really have to be so complicated? Do the issues that we as a species face really have to be broken down into a political science?
Maybe I’m naive; maybe I’m just a yogi on a soap box shouting about things I don’t fully understand. But I was brought up to believe that people should love, honor and respect all other people.
And yes, allow for today of all days to be a reminder about that – but also let tomorrow be a reminder. And the next day, and the next weekend and the next day after twenty-four hundred days from yesterday.
And above all else I would ask that in response to someone not respecting you, for the good of the world, please try respecting them that much more. Because I’m not a very strict Christian but I do understand that an eye for an eye multiplied by the millions of people on this planet does make the whole world blind.
Namaste (and I mean that).