Even without our Gregorian calendars urging us to shift into 2014, I think we would all on some primal level still feel a call to transform with the seasons. Whether you are embracing the introspective quiet of winter or opening anew to the warm, expansive feeling of summer, there is change in the air… there is a stirring; a shift is taking place.
At this time of year many people choose to write out resolutions and goals, or attempt to reconnect with friends and relatives. They look forward to creating a new self in the New Year.
This year though, if we are to find a stronger, kinder, lighter self in 2014, then there is one place we would all do well to begin: by looking for where we still abide by cruelty in our lives.
In 2014, I wish for more people to ask themselves…
Are the chocolate beans we enjoy in our treats picked by the hands of a child sold into slavery?
Are the pillows that cradle our heads at night made of soft feathers plucked from a living or recently murdered being?
Are our feet covered with the skin off a loving mother‘s back?
For entertainment, do we trick the slick creatures of the sea with baited and hidden hooks?
Do we watch the fox pacing in his cage, to feel somehow closer to nature?
Where do we look away? In what ways do we deaden our compassion for those who do not have a voice, or at least not a voice we are willing to listen to?
What items fill your pantry, house and life that show that you are still willing to abide by cruelty if it fits your “needs”? Or, more truthfully, your “wants”?
If we look honestly at our life choices, it is easy to see how many slaves still serve us, hidden from sight though they may be, and how our life choices ripple out and affect the lives of “the other”… both human and non-human.
This is the beginning of a new year. Let it be the beginning of an awakening inside you. The seasons have changed and both you and the world are ready.