The subtle ochre and aureate shades of the Autumn leaves in the pale sunshine of fall,
The chill air of a new morning brushing against my exposed flesh, as if baptising my body ready for the day,
The tumultuos grey waves of the ocean as they throw themselves angrily at the granite cliffs,
The raging storm filling the sky with heavy leaden clouds, the flashes of steely lightening turning my surroundings into a monochromatic vista.
The look of tender and all consuming love on a mother’s face as she holds her newborn close,
The wide eyed, open vulnerability of the many sentient animals who look to us for protection and sustenance,
The gentle loving touch of a loved one in an hour of need,
The fierce fire of compassion in the hearts of those who fight for the vulnerable.
The beauty and eloquence of this life is there for all who have the eyes to see.
However many of us are not blind to the pain implicit in life’s journey.
It has been said that there can be little appreciation of life’s highs without having experiencing the lower aspects of existence.
The corporate greed often at the expense of the individual,
The ego driven, divisive rhetoric of those who would have us follow,
The angry, vitriolic voices driving human lives to war,
The homeless, the abused and the lonely.
Those of us who truly have an empathic / spiritually inclined disposition can find this polarity of life challenging and confusing,
How is it possible that all these things can co-exist when they all contain the same implicit ingredients?
The call to those of us who are to heal can overwhelming.
As much as we wish to bring a quick and enduring end to suffering, we have only recourse to our finite resources.
This is when we need to remind ourselves that many small acts of kindness can bring about change. Cumulatively it can create a shift.
We can see it happening now with the challenging of investment in climate damaging activities and with society’s renewed interest in spiritual practices like yoga and meditation.
The simple act of a warm smile to a passing stranger, a gesture of compassion to the homeless, a comforting touch to the bereaved or the simple giving of time to those who need to be heard.
All these can make life just that little more bearable for those in need.
It may even save a life.