“First they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they fight you,
then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Five conditions for civil war: 1) entrenched national polarization, with no obvious meeting place for resolution. 2) increasingly divisive press coverage and information flows, 3) weakened institutions, notably Congress and the judiciary, 4) a sellout or abandonment of responsibility by political leadership, and 5) the legitimization of violence as the “popular” way to either conduct discourse or solve disputes.
The contents of our minds are in perpetual flux. Understand that everything comes and goes. Realizing this in the heat of the moment can diffuse fear, anger, grief, and despair. Become the observer of your worries and not a participant in it. You are NOT your worries.
Below is a quote from spiritual master Osho that explains exactly how to go about doing this…
“Become an observer of the currents of thought that flow through your consciousness. Just like someone sitting by the side of a river watching the river flow by, sit by the side of your mind and watch…. Don’t do anything, don’t interfere, don’t stop them in any way. Don’t repress in any way. If there is a thought coming don’t stop it, if it is not coming don’t try to force it to come. You are simply to be an observer….
“In that simple observation you will see and experience that your thoughts and you are separate – because you can see that the one who is watching the thoughts is separate from the the thoughts, different from them…
“And if you become aware that you are not your thoughts, the life of these thoughts will begin to grow weaker, they will begin to become more and more lifeless. The power of your thoughts lies in the fact that you think they are yours.”
Finding perseverance in the face of life’s challenges can feel impossible at times but we all have an inner truth that can lead us to the right opportunities if we can only stop, breath, and listen for a moment. This week’s anonymous quote reminds us we can trust ourselves to yield to the fate that presents itself.
“SEEK ALWAYS, for by searching for one thing you will surely find another – this is the path to wisdom.”