Overcoming the Major Obstacle of Our Time
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Hanuman Jayanti. Passover. Easter. It’s no coincidence that these springtime holidays all took place this week. While their religious origins differ, it’s what they represent at this time that truly matters. Victory against all odds. Deliverance from oppression. Rebirth and renewal. Essentially, three perspectives on overcoming.
And that’s exactly what we’ll do. It’s what we’ve always done in the face of uncertainty — observe, adapt and overcome. There was never any doubt about that.
But where doubts exist — the mind — is where we have our most significant work left to do. It’s where the issues that continue to plague humanity begin and end. The stubborn issues that have survived countless years of violence and viruses. The issues that refuse to let up despite the lessons of history. Here are but a few — greed, fear, rage, hate, and indifference.
Pointing out these issues, and other harmful states and traits, is not to point fingers. We all share them to some degree. My point is that naming them is to begin knowing them. Once we acknowledge that they exist in ourselves, we can discover them as they arise, and not allow them to take over. We can ask ourselves in each moment if we really need more than what we have, or if we’re treating all beings with kindness and generosity. We can overcome our shadow selves, individually and collectively.
Of course, this work is not easy. Change usually comes with hardship. It’s hard to let go of our past programming and future fears. It’s hard to stay true when we witness the rewards of ruthlessness and the celebration of stupidity. It’s hard to notice every lesson that a situation gifts us, especially when that gift is unwelcome.
But if we are to emerge reborn and delivered from oppression, against all odds, we must change. This spring, and every season that follows, we must align with our greatest allies and overcome our greatest foes — ourselves.