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My heart and the state of our world

The breach was a small thing, inconsequential really. Except that it wounded my already fragile heart. In the grand scheme of life, the tiny annoyance caused when this HeartMatters website was breached barely warrants a mention, especially in comparison to physical violation or hunger or homelessness or the many other true tragedies experienced daily by my fellow humans all across our planet, this is surely a small thing.  

It’s just that I am so emotionally fragile now. SO MUCH BAD STUFF is happening right this very minute that I feel as though I do not have the personal bandwidth to learn of one more iota of unkindness or greed. And, I know that others of you feel the same way. YET, there is so much in my life for which I am deeply grateful — people love me, I am healthy and energetic, I am engaged in meaningful volunteer and community work, and I savor Mother Nature’s abundant beauty, to name a few.

Google’s greed prevailing over humility and humanity when they agreed to build a search engine for China that would be a weapon of their government to censor citizen information; GM’s priority of paying their shareholders over keeping their factories open and people working; asylum-seekers being denied access to our country; virtually everything about this current administration, ohmygosh I could go on and on and on to name daily injustices and unkindnesses that breaks my heart. So, when these low-level Bad Guys messed around with my site to open 25 new websites in my name using my credit card, the cumulative Bad Guy effect brought me to my knees with despair. The next thing I knew, I was crying to the Support Desk guy at Network Solutions about the inhumanity of it all…

Thankfully, I’ve learned a few things on this life journey. I know now that, for me, recovery from despair begins when I open my heart to the perpetuators of injustice. I acknowledge that these people are incomplete humans–they do not know self-love, they do not revel in the joys of love and kindness, they are empty in spirit and they live without grace as their guiding light. With intention, I send them blessings for an opening of their heart so that they may know self-love, become familiar with authentic joy, revere Mother Earth — the traits about myself which I cherish so dearly. I send my love for them, and these blessings, into the universe so that I may cloak my own spirit in goodness, so that I do not become bitter, or afraid, or withdrawn…Which is what I did this morning on my dog walk with Grace (yes, her name is intentional). As I breathed the cold Midwest air, I expressed gratitude for my warm clothing, the kiss my husband gave me when he left for work, that I would go back to my kitchen to make a delicious meal for friends coming to dinner, and then I dropped into my contemplation of Bad Guys, coming full circle with opening my heart. It really is a joyous life peoples, which those of you reading this post add to immensely. For you, I am grateful. xoxo

Grace, the dog.

Robin Mallery

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