"The enemy is fear. We think it is hate - but it is really fear" - Ghandi
A thought: If we want to make the world a better place, how about turning off our TV's and turning off the news. Constant Negative News as I heard a mentor put it (CNN & Co) affect our consciousness. We might think we are just informing ourselves but we are really not. We are still absolutely uninformed and ignorant except on the things that the media wants to inform us on. So what's their agenda? Sell us information that sells (with some exceptions I am sure). And what sells? Fear sells. Selling us on fear and uncertainty and other low frequency garbage is the business model of the mayor news outlets.
How can you be optimistic if you are consuming fear all day everyday and everywhere you look?
How can you be filled with love and be love when you intake fear disguised as information? How does it affect how you think? How do you behave? How do you get up in the morning and look towards the future?
How can you create and manifest a kinder world if all we are thinking are fearful thoughts. Worry thoughts. Constant chatter in the mind.
An old story by an unknown author comes to mind:
"An old Cherokee told his grandson 'My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy & truth.'
The boy thought about it, and asked, 'Grandfather, which wolf wins?'
The old man quietly replied,
'The one you feed'"
You listen to the media, you are feeding the wrong wolf.
You can only really create a world you want to live in from presence, an energy of inner peace, compassion, love, joy and optimism. Let's work from the inside out and first take care of the kind of energy we put out there ourselves - let's first examine our own thoughts and energy - let's switch off the news, throw out the TV and take out the garbage (yes, figuratively speaking).
I never thought I'd quote star wars but it is accurate, so forgive me "Fear is the path to the dark side." - Yoda
Choose love. Think and feel compassion. Not fear.
Much love. Be safe. Stay present.
"Be the change you want to see
in the world." -
P.S.: There are positive news out there. What's going on in the world? Everything is going on in the world. Read this for some joy and inspiration and less worry
I love Monday mornings.
I didn't always love them. In fact, there was a time, when I dreaded them. When I was in school, Mondays meant the end of the weekend. When I was in University, Mondays meant getting up early, sitting in on another boring week of lectures. And when I did my internships at banks, consultancies and auditing companies (I shiver at the thought of working for the man again) Monday's meant the start of a hardcore grind, staying in offices until late at night and basically having life pass me by…until Friday evening, when the offices released all it's busy working bees from self inflicted captivity into freedom, until the next Monday morning.
As a matter of fact…sometimes I dreaded Monday mornings so much, that Friday's, although I still had to get up early and work, were my favourite days, just because the weekend was close but Monday mornings were still almost three days away.
That's how bad it was.
Sunday Morning 6 a.m. I hardly slept more than six hours. Getting out of bed? Already? It's only 6 a.m.
That is what you promised yourself last night before you set the alarm clock. Don't you remember? The 30K training run, that was on your goal list for this week?
Yeah, I remember. But it looks like it will rain.
The fresher the better. At least the rain, if it ever starts raining, will keep your body at a tolerable temperature.
There must have been a bunch of other thoughts roaming around my mind. But I started concentrating on my breath. Once I had made it to the bathroom and taken the sleepiness away with a splash of cold water in my face, I became more alert, friendly towards the tricks the mind wanted to play on me, but also firm in my resolve to go out for the run.
I know that once I set a foot in front of the door, no matter what the time of the day, late at night or before sunrise, I am in love with running.
I just have to make it in front of the door.
That's the battle. The mind against my awareness, alertness, presence. There are always stories in my head, why now is a bad time to start running. My mind doesn't get tired of inventing new reasons:
But the stories come up. If I want it or not. All I can do is embrace them. Be aware of them. Laugh at the sometimes absurd excuses my mind makes to keep me from doing the one thing I set my alarm for.
I have a cup of steaming herbal tea.
I put on my shoes.
And I set a foot in front of the door.
P.S.: The week after that I travelled to Regensburg in the south of Germany to join their Marathon. The run there wouldn't have been as enjoyable without the 30K training run the week before.
We grow up with the idea that we are this little person
That we have to fight to make it in this world
That life is tough.
That it is a dog eat dog world
That only the strong survive.
That it is an eye for an eye.
That the competition is out to get us.
To knock us down.
That we can't do this.
And that we shouldnt do that.
That it's to risky to stick your neck out.
And impolite to rock the boat.
Okay, so this was one of my favorites. We weren't prepared at all. Our visa for China arrived just one day before departure after having been declined twice. And Johann was freaking me out with his worries (no offense buddy but you were kind of tense =)). And then...42 days of hitchhiking to India. Sleeping at gas stations. Talking to strangers that don't speak your tongue. Smoking Kirgize cigarettes. Stranding in the Kazakh desert next to a police container (see picture eating watermelon...courtesy of Kazakh police man). Hiding from highway police. And enjoying...as usual...an incredible hospitality of people we met along the way. And along the way is...Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, China, Pakistan and India... Is a trip like this always easy? Nope. But it is fun. It is sometimes awe inspiring. And it definitely expands your horizon. So feel free to follow us through our journey by which we raised funds for our favorite charity...to help build toilets in India.