Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lesson #11: Rethinking the News (Part 2)

Last week we discussed how the media can have an adverse effect on our well-being, and how we need to be more proactive in filtering what we allow into our energy fields. I asked you to consider how you might be able to get the information you need while protecting yourself from unnecessary negativity and overload. This week I'd like to take it a step further.

You've probably heard the saying, "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." While this is not always true, often it is. Of course we don't mean any harm, but if we're walking around angry and depressed about the state of the economy or the world, we're inadvertently spreading negativity to everyone we come in contact with and everyone with whom we have a mental, emotional, or psychic connection. It's not enough that we don't intentionally harm people. It's time to intentionally help people (or animals, or the environment, or science, or whatever lights us up).

Last week my husband returned from a conference of Engineers Without Borders, a non-profit organization for which he is advisor to the board. While so many people in the world were busy feeling hopeless, he and his band of altruistic engineers were busy planning bigger and better ways to serve the planet (which in this case means providing clean water systems, health care, etc., to poorer communities in the world). He was so pumped up he could hardly contain himself.

I think you get my point. When we're part of the solution, we feel great. And when we feel great, we raise  the vibration of the entire planet (or at least our little corner of it).

So what's your part? You wouldn't be here during this dynamic turning point in history if you didn't have something special to contribute. It doesn't have to be a monumental effort on your part. In fact, it's highly likely that your special gift to the world involves something you love to do.

This week, especially if you find yourself being pulled down by negative thoughts, family members, co-workers, or the news, try doing something of service. It needn't require time or money. It can be as simple as picking up three pieces of trash, or giving an elderly person a few seconds of your attention. Notice how doing this service makes you feel, and recognize that how you feel actually effects the world.