Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. ~The Dalai Lama This month’s theme of Awakening Humanity features the story, “It’s All About We: Conscious Evolution: Why We’re Better Together.” We can accomplish anything as a community, a nation and a world when we have our neighbors’ best interests at heart. At its foundation, awakening humanity is about making the shift of our individual focus from “me” to “we.” Jack Canfield and Lynn McTaggart help us see through the “what’s mine is mine, what’s yours is yours” mentality into a “me-we” way of thinking that can help inform wise decision-making about everything from environmental stewardship to economics to health and spiritual development. These works assert that “no man is an island” and that we as individuals do not exist separately from the rest of mankind nor from our planet—we are, indeed, one. Aside from the spiritual aspects, hard scientific research across various disciplines such as physics and biology continues to prove that in reality, everything and everyone is linked into a coherent whole. Scientists believe that we are genetically hard-wired for co-creation and cooperation and as a result, most of the world’s greatest innovations are a result of collaboration, not competition. As we begin to shift our focus away from looming negatives and self-centeredness toward positive connections and meaningful relationships, we create constructive change. The “Me to We” movement has been spreading, as we recently witnessed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. A new kind of energy emerged as locals came together to dig their way out of the ruins. Only by focusing on our overlapping goals and interests and setting aside our differences can we fully realize the good that we can produce together. During the holiday season, consider a selfless, “random act of kindness”, by providing a present, a tree or some food to a family that would not otherwise be able to have it. In our Wise Words article this month, you can read about how acts of kindness and giving, large and small, that start with you can spread throughout your community and into the rest of the world. It may seem counterintuitive to give away our money and time when we may need it most, but that’s just the point. Abundance is not a one-way street; it’s not even anything as narrow as a street, but a starburst, a cornucopia, an all-encompassing rainbow of possibility. It’s our choice… the possibilities, and the potential good we can do for each other, are endless. Peace and Joy to the world!
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