Ebola is on North American soil. One case so far but it caught many people in it's web of fear. ISIS is not only being birthed "over there" but young people from around the world are being caught up it's web of idealism and jumping into their destructive cause.
Climate change is occurring and with it we get caught up in the fear of our planet changing in ways that won't look like it does now.
Gang slaying, murders, drugs, child prostitution, home invasions, illegal immigrants, cancer, poverty and the list is endless.
And the people who are most effective at creating change that comes from the heart are the ones who are not caught up in the fear but are willing to see each situation as it is and decide to do what they can from the place that they can and in the moment that they can.
They are often on the frontlines stepping into whatever needs to be done in the moment. They are nursing ebola patients, looking for more effective medications and doing what needs to be done.
They are the parents and friends of the at risk teens who are not afraid to ask the questions that need to be asked and to listen to the answers, unafraid of them, knowing that the answers come from a moment in time and those answers can change as their lives change.
The climate is changing and it always has. That doesn't mean we don't do our part in order to not hasten a process that is unfolding.
We have the power to create change with our hearts.
Our hearts know what steps need to be implemented. But, if we are in fear, that has often been created by the news media, who don't often believe in "just the facts mam" then we cannot hear what our hearts have to tell us. The fear creates a shield of unawareness. If we allow ourselves to be aware, observe without judgment and conclusion then we will know what we need to do in any situation that presents itself and frequently we will have already removed ourselves from any danger that is present.
When our awareness is activated-our spidey senses if you will-then we will know when to get out of dodge, when to turn left instead of right and when to contribute as best we can.
I refuse to live in fear. I choose to be as heart centred as I can. It isn't always easy but anytime I find myself in fear I stop and ask myself "Is this true for me?" Truth feels light and a lie feels heavy-for me. ( a wonderful tool that you too can use!)
Yes there is stuff going on around us and yes some of it looks pretty yucky. But is doesn't serve me to jump into the pit of fear just because someone is creating fear around a subject.
I can choose for myself-now and always and so can you.