what i learned in Canada, eh.

We care too much.

As I survey what is available to absorb around me, I can’t help but think, “we care too much”.

Inundation with constant stimuli, pressures, pings, bings and bops, let alone keeping up with whomever it is we’re “supposed” to be keeping up with now (I think the Joneses are long gone, no?), is everything but peaceful to the self.

We care too much about the thousands of advertisements we see each day. We care too much about what each of those pings, bings and bops are “alerting” us to. We care too about what someone we don’t know has that we don’t have.

You are exhausted. Did you hear?

What I believe, is that the Heart is limitless. I believe it has no bounds and is a never-ending tank of giving, kindness, compassion and Love. Easy, no? Possible? Yes. It’s not easy because you are, after all, still a human. And, with humanness comes parameters. Your physical malleability defines your ability to cultivate without a ceiling. So, you’re gonna bump your head here and there.

As a human being, you can only devote so much of your mind, body and spirit to any endeavour before they need replenishment. Day to day, week to week, year to year, we are given more to care about – more to consume our human being energy and less to restock it. We are stuck in a vacuum with bunch of the wrong stuff. As a person that doesn’t follow politics, I have no issue with, on a near daily basis, having something thrust in front of my attention of the US’ newly elected president. Whether it be through Facebook posts, general conversation or passing by a television of a lobby, there always seems to be something. But, I don’t care. It doesn’t impact my day, my objectives, my mind or my soul. What it does is illustrate how much of our global consciousness is consuming its energy toward the things that aren’t building who we are. This is in reference to any number of soul sapping vampires. Believe me, I waste my energy on stupid shit, too.

As humans, we have a limit to what we can do in a day, or a year, or a lifetime. We care too much, just not about the right things.

Returning to Canada, the beautiful country that I’m grateful to call home, it became the more apparent how with all we have, the amount of our mental and spiritual selves that we squander – that we waste on the frivolities of whatever genre of culture we’ve morphed into as beings of the 21st century.

With the endless advent of forward progress, there is a vast more to “care” about. But, there is actually a vast more to care about (the “” is what makes it make “sense”). Your health, mental and emotional well-being; fostering your creative ability whether by painting, dancing or building ships in bottles; spending time with friends and family – sharing and growing joy and Love. And, heck, there’s just plain old getting more sleep. The list of what you should care about is not really super long, it’s really super powerful.

What I found most interesting about my travels to the other side of the Earth was not about what I learned there, but what I learned about where I came from. We live in an wonderful country with unyielding opportunity and fortune. With, literally, as your freedom, to be any person you wish to be. And no, it’s not lost on me that by lauding the freedom to choose who you are and what you do contradicts my balloting toward finding the beautiful space to fill up with your energy and kicking the proverbial bullshit to the curb. I get that. But, I also think there’s so much more for us all to get. The way to get it, is by giving. By giving your time to taking care of yourself. By giving yourself a break once in awhile and not being so self-critical.  By giving yourself an opportunity to laugh. And, by giving your Self to something that fills you up and doesn’t steal your energy.

The pings, bings and bops are new; your Heart’s been around forever. In with the old, out with the new.

Be Love.

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