There is so much to be thankful for in life.
I always had some recognition of the great value in simple gratitude before discovering Balanced View, but like so many, was raised in a society where criticism, sarcasm, blame, and vilification were endemic, even lauded, as functional responses to the world as we find it.
It becomes very hard not to respond in kind when this is all we see around us. Whether in friends, peers, celebrities, leaders or politicians. At times, contemporary culture can be saturated with the spirit of cynicism, and such choler is contagious.
Perhaps this tendency is born from a genuine misconception that the only way things or people will ever get better is if I criticise them. Or perhaps it was just an excuse to vomit up my own angst and project it in shades of joyless grey and angry red onto the walls of the world around me.
Either way, what I discovered is that it just doesn’t work. I saw that living a life of perpetual resentment, denigrating and deprecating people, places and things wasn’t actually what brought about genuine and lasting change at all. I saw this in the case of my own experience, and I saw it mirrored in the macrocosm – played out perpetually in the story of the society to which I belong.
Equally impotent was the “head in the sand” mentality of whistling a happy tune and hoping it’ll all go away. If I surround myself only with “positive”, “high vibration”, happy thoughts and things, then everything will be just tickety-boo and I can live in my fluffy pink bubble, blissfully oblivious to the pain and suffering, injustice and inequality in the world.
I find in my own experience how the bite of reality sooner or later ensures this fragile illusion will come quickly crashing down.
What I discovered since coming to Balanced View was a different approach entirely. At the heart of this grassroots movement for social change there is the simple invitation to engage. First and foremost, this is an invitation for me to look at how all the horror, injustice, fear and failing I see all around me in the world plays out within myself, and to start to take responsibility for that. This responsibility involves looking all of this in the eye, and recognising how in one short moment of meeting it all exactly as it is, there is something within me, inseparable from all of this, that is consummate, unfractured and unbroken. The simple recognition of this fundamental okayness is beyond all thought and description. It is the one thing that is common to all of us and when I recognise that and begin to see this in others – even in those who I may be most drawn to hate, berate, resent, or revile, I am given the first glimpse of what a solution to this monumental mess might look like.
Balanced View has offered me the opportunity to discover what this ground state of basic human okayness actually is, directly in my own experience, as well as the support to draw on it ever more frequently as a resource for peace, and potent solution focus. I have never found anything more comprehensive and robust. This is why my gratitude for this, and for the network of support on offer to integrate it, is so immense.
Through the Balanced View training I have learned how to draw on a wellspring of simple gratitude for all that I have in life, to take strength in this, and to find the capacity to see the very best in others. I am learning not to turn away from problems, but to ask very simply and directly what is needed, and then to act spontaneously from a place of potent, openhearted and beneficial responsiveness. I have found this to be so much more functional than endlessly bemoaning the problem, focusing on finding fault, or sinking in a swamp of cynicism.
Instead of criticising others, I am learning that empowering each other with love, respect, gratitude, stability and firmness is infinitely more effective.
This is how change happens.
I refuse to be crushed by despondency in the face of all that is going on in the world, and thank Balanced View for showing me the possibility that exists for humanity in creating a culture of gratitude, respect, empowerment and honouring, rooted in the clarity and dignity of what it really means to be human.
I bow to the beneficial okayness of this Open Intelligence in all of us.