This week, Tina Robbins has written a beautiful guest post that I wanted to share with you about how you can change the world. Its simpler then you think and you can start right now.
When Emily asked me to write a post for you, I of course jumped at the chance! I started thinking about what it was I wanted to talk to you about. I thought about exploring the shifts happening in the world at large, but that felt too big and broad.
Then I saw this quote that a friend posted on her Facebook page and it really struck a chord with me because this is really at the heart of why I do what I do.
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself” – Rumi
I believe that the way to change the world is to look deep within, to understand your personal core values, and your desires and intentions. When you are clear on your beliefs and your desires, things shift. Those shifts ripple out and change everyone you touch and everyone they touch, and so on.
So, how do you make the ripples?
The first big step is to understand your values and beliefs. When you develop an understanding of why things connect with you, or why they cause conflict within you, it can change your whole outlook on your experiences. This is really important, because when one part of your life is out of alignment, it can make everything feel off.
The second thing you can do is to set an example of what you want. This is sort of like positive reinforcement for the Universe. You have probably heard about the Law of Attraction, or the idea that ‘Like Attracts Like’, and this is along the same lines.
One simple practice to set the example is called bookending. Bookending means you insert a positive activity before and after something that you are already doing.
You might start the day with a mantra, meditation, or even just an inspirational quote like the one above. This sets a positive tone and intention for the day, which can help the rest of the day flow more easily.
Then, at the end of the day, you might keep a gratitude list, treat yourself to a cup of soothing tea, or say a little prayer of thanks. This brings that positive feeling back around so that your whole day is ‘bookended’ in the feeling you want.
The idea here is to make choices that are aligned with your desires and to have gratitude for the experiences and connections that support your beliefs and the ideals you are working towards. When you are acting in alignment you affect change in the world around you.
Change yourself, change the world.
Does this mean that I don’t think you should get involved on a bigger scale?
Do the big work too. Get involved with your community, donate, vote, and support the causes you believe in at whatever level makes you comfortable.
But understand that you are more powerful in the larger world when you cultivate a deeper connection to yourself and your values, and understand why these things are important to you and how your actions make an impact.
So, take the time to understand your personal core values, to know where your energy is stuck, and to step fully into your powerful self.
Check out her website here: http://openroadscoaching.com