The Desires of your Heart
The subject of my meditation today was about manifesting. What does that mean? It means that instead of simply going through the motions in my life, I try actively and diligently to clarify what I want to bring into the world and then I ask for it. And then I practice it.
In the words of Eoin Finn, we as humans have a greater calling to balance our own personal desires with the greater good of all beings. I believe this — even if I am slightly shy to express my belief because I know I fall short sometimes of who I wish I was. I mean, the default human position seems to be some sort of judgement about how ‘so-and-so’ is a hypocrite because they profess to believe in something but they act like something else. Isn’t that part of what it means to be human though? Falling short at times of what we strive and practice to be? Isn’t it more about the practice anyway? I think about my experience as a junior commander in the military. I realized that when the bullets were flying, the team resorted to what we had practiced for so long. I was happy that we had practiced so diligently for so long. Much like an athlete is grateful, come competition day, for all of the challenges of training.
So as I allow my trepidation to dissolve, I ask myself the question, “what do you want to see in the world?” I wish I could give you a recording of what went through my mind when I finally allowed myself to answer the question. It went something like this, “Oh… I wish the world would be happy. I wish we would think less about ourselves and more about others. No… that’s not what I mean. I wish we would think more about the collective us … because that would manifest itself more as the balance of the self and the team. I wish that we would stop being so afraid of our differences and start genuinely loving each other as we are. I wish we were more concerned with giving than keeping. I wish we could get along. I wish us to open our hearts.” Then I started thinking about how my ankle hurt and I lost my focus…
The point is that it was liberating to clarify what I wanted for the world. It was like my heart was waiting for me to ask it what it wanted to see in the world. I wonder what would happen if we all spent a little more time consciously wanting and asking for more for our world. I ask/challenge/entice you to ask yourself what you want for the world.