America has the highest per capita in prison in the world.
1 in every 31 adults in the USA (7.3 million) is behind bars, or on probation or parole (2009). In other words, 743 adults per 100,000 population are currently locked up in a small cell the size of a cupboard.
What does that say about the nation? What does that say about the individuals?
Locking people up in metal blocks and throwing away the keys! How is this shocking statistic a solution?
There’s an ancient Hawaiian Hoʻoponopono practice of taking responsibility not only for oneself but for the whole world.
When addressing any pain, sorrow, lack of balance or the need for healing, one says the words “I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.”
This practice involves healing oneself via mental cleansing.
How quickly do we blame, hate, and label others? What would happen if we saw what is outside of us, as relating to us, connected to who we are and part of us?
What would happen if we were to decide to change it?
Did we abandon those in our society who were struggling?
Could we have done more to help those in need?
Instead of casting aside those who who fail or get lost, let’s start to take personal responsibility for each other as a society.
What would happen if we realized that our responsibility is the world?
3 Ways to Take Responsibility for the Whole World
Change your perspective
When we can take responsibility for the whole world, fundamentally we change our perspective.
When we realize that we make the world, we see connection and possibility replace fragmentation and separation. Taking responsibility for the world is taking responsibility for yourself.
Contact someone incarcerated. Establish a connection where there wasn’t one before. If you’re feeling brave, you visit a local prison. There are many amazing programs being run in prisons. One of my favorite documentaries is, “Doing Time, Doing Vipassana,” a film about meditation programs in Indian prisons.
See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEPaacnLyDs Reach out to others in need. It doesn’t need to be those in prison, it could be those you love. Use your skills and interests to help others. For instance, if you have a love of literature, you could read to the blind. Or if you do Reiki, you could visit a local hospital and give healing. You will gain much more than you expect.
Share your love
In your inner thoughts, yoga or meditation practice, spend a moment sending unconditional love to those around you and throughout the world — especially those suffering or in need. Consciously be more loving in your personal relationships. Every little bit of positive intention does make a difference in our world.
Share the love.
Say to all those incarcerated in prisons, “I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.”