With this being a Presidential election year, it’s not uncommon for us to focus more upon our individual values and beliefs as we navigate the process of determining who to cast a vote for (or if we will participate at all). Taking a more enlightened perspective can help make it possible to be engaged without being dragged down by the onslaught of negativity that can reign supreme in politics. A mindful approach that is centered on discernment and not judgement, selecting what most aligns with your healthy boundaries, is possible. No matter what’s occurring in our world, maintaining your own peaceful state makes the biggest impact for positive change.
It’s absolutely possible to create change in our world, but the ballot box will never be as powerful as your own vibration, actions and words. Many people are passionate about a candidate or cause that advocates for a desired change. Whatever the issues, our passion can be an incredible motivator and communicator; but when that passion turns from heartfelt, positive enthusiasm to sarcasm, frustration, resentment or anger; you go from advocating for change to complaining about it. That energy only creates a negative force instead of a positive paradigm; making the very change you seek slip further and further away.
Mindful advocation is an understanding that true change and peace are not about any outward manifestations in our world; they can only come from within. Life is absolutely what you make it despite any external circumstances; so in truth there are in no injustices, but rather lessons that individuals need to learn or teach on their path (no matter how difficult they are for us to comprehend). Our reactions are what create the problems and take us away from the source of peace that we each truly are. Much of the media, some corporations and many political systems are in the business of fear mongering; they must make us sick so we need them to get better. Deciding to shift your focus from complaint and argument to restraint and understanding is mindfulness.
If you desire change of some sort, practice mindful advocation with these tips in mind:
1. IT WILL NOT COME FROM ANY VOTE YOU CAST
There must be action and it must be a complete reflection of that desired change. For instance, if you desire peace on Earth; choose to conduct yourself in a peaceful manner and lead by example to strive to bring calm wherever you go. Or, if you want to promote honesty in business, conduct yourself in that manner by avoiding corruption and insincerity. To fight for peace and protest corruption only makes the focus the very things you to change. To mindfully advocate for change, it must first come from within and you simply must live it and spread it wherever you go; making yourself a walking and talking example of it.
It seems our world is currently filled with many frustrated people over government, corporations, treatment of our planet and the sheer inhumanity that can exist. Many see their role as being an agent for change by criticizing what they do not like or want; taking it to the streets, asking for laws to ensure things change or organizing ways to harm those they view as the cause of injustice. While some of these methods might bring about a temporary fix, lasting results of a desired outcome must come in the form of the change you seek. Gandhi did not say we should talk, yell, argue or force the change we want to see in the world; he said to BE THE CHANGE. Anything other than that simply perpetuates that for which you supposedly fight against. Fighting is a negative force, it never leads to positivity.
2. SEEK NOT TO CONVERT NOR CONDEMN
Convey by being the example of what you desire in the world. As more and more and more of us turn inward for peace and express it outward with our actions, words and deeds, we will be able to have truly lasting transformation. That is the kind of change that can shift souls and create human awakening. Anything else is divisiveness in disguise; no matter how right or just the cause may seem.
If you seek to promote change of any kind then….
3. YOU MUST FIRST SEEK IT WITHIN AND THEN EXTEND IT WITHOUT
The world becomes a better place every time one person decides to become a better version of his or her self; sharing that goodness with others without forcing opinions or passing judgment for not being or thinking the same. We are truly one, each connected; do you want to be connected to anger or peace? Once you’re the reflection of your desires, you can only be surrounded by them; that is how mindful advocation changes the world one person at a time.