Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Man in the Mirror

I looove Michael Jackson, and I particularly like the song "Man in the Mirror."  In the song he sings: "If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change." This is a great idea. In the video you'll find Michael, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. I believe those guys did make the world a better place. 

But for the rest of us, how do we make a change in ourselves that could make the world a better place?

There are lots of ways to answer to that question, but today I am inspired by what Caroline Myss has to say. She is older and more confident than I am, and she is actually pretty hardcore about love and forgiveness.

She talks about what she wants us to decide next time we're in a conflict:

"I am not going to pass on this suffering. I am not going to pass this pain that I feel back to this person." She wants us to turn that pain back onto ourselves. She wants us to realize that, "[i]f I transfer this suffering onto somebody else, they're going to have to transfer it onto somebody else." Whether you're in a big argument or if you just feel kinda defensive, she wants you to "...separate yourself from your own rage and hit the pause button. And then realize 'My God, this is forgiveness.' Forgiveness is the decision to take that pain and say, 'No, I'm not going to give this back. I'm going to pray it away for both of us.'" 

Told you she was hardcore. She asks us to, "[j]ust be mindful for one day, in every conversation of whether you pass on pain or love."

Make the world a better place type of stuff, for reals.

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