Surrender is not a weakness, it is strength. It takes tremendous strength to surrender life to the supreme—to the cosmic unfolding. -Mooji-
My main goal in starting this blog was to motivate people to change their lifestyles. I figured that we should come together and change the way we do things to help future generations live better lives on this planet. I wanted us to change so we needn’t wait for governments to set limits around our destructive economies. Which in turn would give the ecosystems that we are dependent on a fighting chance.
Most of the stuff I do for the planet I do gladly, without effort. But in wanting to be part of the solution, I sometimes go without because I feel that I should. That it’s the right thing to do. Then I get resentful that society in general is not following suit. Not proud of it, but still, that’s how I feel.
Last year, just before the pandemic, I had an opportunity to join a family reunion in Florida. I really wanted to visit these relatives that I hadn’t gotten to know very well. My mom was the only one of 12 siblings to raise her children in Canada, all the others lived in the States.
Lately, social media helped me connect to her side of the family and I was keen on meeting everyone in person. After considering different travel options, I ended up not going because I judged that taking the plane to go somewhere for such a short amount of time was too wasteful. I so regret that choice! What was wasted was a wonderful opportunity to be with family! A cousin and an aunt who were at the reunion have passed away since then and the chance to meet them is forever lost.
And now, with the pandemic, a lot less people are taking planes. That has had an impact. I can’t help but think that my little gesture, my sacrifice, was fruitless. I have a habit of shouldering responsibility for others, planet included. But perhaps spiritual teachers like Mooji are right. Am I supposed to understand that I need to surrender to the cosmic unfolding?
The events of the pandemic have spurred situations that are helping nature. People are working from home and not having to use their cars every day. Many less jets are burning fuel. We seem to be transitioning towards a more local and sustainable economy, for different reasons. Shortages of food and supplies have made us realize that we need more autonomy. The number of folks gardening has exploded! When we garden, we avoid a lot of packaging and transportation. And we are cooking more, which saves packaging as well. These are all wonderful silver linings around the Covid19 cloud.
I wouldn’t want to abandon all the good habits I’ve cultivated over the years. I think that all of our positive actions impact others, and probably more than we know. But I feel the need to loosen up on the strict rules I sometimes impose on myself for the sake of the planet. Sounds contradictory to my usual message, I know. But it’s about my need to strike a balance… (Read more on balance here)