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I AM what is right with the world — and so are YOU

That might sound a bit grandiose, so let me explain…

While on our Sunday morning bike ride, I was filled with a deep pleasure of being outdoors. The terrain changes, taking us by pastures with goats and horses, rolling hills with gardens and orchards; forests of mature oaks from which I can hear the woodpeckers calling; quail and wild turkey alongside the road; barking dogs and waving neighbors — all of this being shared with my sweetie as we rode together.

Along side the road, nearly at our turn-around spot, were 3 old tires in the ditch. On purpose. Those tires were not there on Friday, my last riding day, and were incongruous to the scenery and to the pleasure I was experiencing, so much so that I felt twanged. A thought came to me then: “What’s wrong with those people”?, meaning of course, the person who left those tires there–then right on top of that–a jangly feeling, not-so-pleasant, and I recognized the vibe with which I was putting out that thought and energy.

The Universe opened up just then and I immediately was able to let that negativity go and hold compassion and acceptance for the tire-leaver (TL). It was apparent to me that this person does not hold the same reverence and appreciation for nature and being outdoors, hence the lack of stewardship and responsibility; I held the TL in empathy for not having that connection to the planet, and put out an invitation to the TL to open his heart, to accept his place in the world in regards to sister & brother-hood, and to have the opportunity to be outdoors, somewhere quiet and lovely, to be in the right place at the right time, and then, then, the shift will occur.

Ah, in the writing as well as in that moment, I felt grateful and relieved. The feelings I am referring to are In reference to the documentary, I AM, which my husband and I watched a few weeks ago. A very awakening film, reminding us of the opportunity to be our best selves and that what we put out into the world is what comes back into our lives. Corny? Maybe. What I can say though, is that this morning, when I consciously chose positivity, acceptance, and understanding, I felt so uplifted and that is undeniably so much better than choosing resentment or righteousness.

Doesn’t that make sense?

Robin Mallery

Robin Mallery

Robin Mallery is passionate about food! Starting from where and how it's grown, to how far that food travels to the dinner table, to how it is prepared and savored...Robin blends shopping, cooking, and eating tips with her unique Kitchen Zen and mindful meals approach to enjoying real food.

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2 Responses to “I AM what is right with the world — and so are YOU”

  • Wow, Robin! Being what’s right for the world and admitting it — bold move! Hari Om.

    You’ve inspired me to check out the documentary and to add this mantra to my daily practice: I AM what’s right with the world, and so are YOU…

    I struggle with righteousness, judgment and resentment regularly. I get caught up in solving problems abandoned or dramatized by others, such as the problem of the tires left by the side of the road. Thanks for turning the gem for me by sharing this rich perspective.

  • Yes Linda, the struggle with righteousness and judgement is present in my life as well…and the blessing is that when it comes up for me, and the more aware I become of this opportunity to open my heart to compassion, the more readily I can drop into that sacred and tender place!

    How wonderful that you not only were able to find time to read my post, but that it touched you. I am honored.

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