While mainstream media focuses on the negative, plenty of positive tales are transpiring in the world.
"We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. You always have the choice."
- Dalai Lama
So many reasons for optimism
Only paying attention to mainstream media, one might be led to believe that all is gloom and doom. However, this is not the case. Everywhere in the world and every day there are less published, far-reaching, inspiring initiatives. Each of these adds traction to manifesting a new world paradigm, one that reflects a higher level of consciousness and ensures the well-being of the earth and her inhabitants.
Individuals practice random acts of kindness demonstrating their generosity of spirit. Nonprofits are upgrading lives for people, animals and the earth all around the world. Cities and towns are enacting humanitarian and ecological policies. Best selling books cover consciousness-expanding topics. More public schools now offer yoga and meditation; every branch of science boasts cutting edge discoveries. And some countries are forging national programs in support of a new world paradigm.
Here is a small sample of events to inspire your optimism, taken from news less publicized. May they remind you that you can also contribute to anchoring a world paradigm based on loving-kindness. Indeed, the old fear-based paradigm is rapidly dismantling itself. We just have to pay attention.
Random acts of kindness
USA - Special education teacher Chris Ulmer spends the first 10 minutes of class every day telling each student what he likes about them.
UK - Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, two soccer stars from Manchester, England, purchased an old hotel and invited the homeless to stay there for the winter.
North Carolina - High school students started a full time food pantry at the school to ensure that fellow classmates and their families do not go hungry. Students can take what they need for free.
New Zealand - Instant good karma - Religions Sikhs wear turbans, and they are never supposed to take them off in public. Sikh Harman Singh took his turban off to offer first aid to a young boy hit by a car. When the TV reporters went to the man's apartment to interview him they noticed he had hardly any furniture. The staff at the station surprised him with the gift of new furniture.
NYC - A woman named Carol Suchman bought all the inventory of a toy store going out of business and donated it to local homeless shelters.
A positive tale of two countries
The small Himalayan country of Bhutan continues to implement a new way to measure its prosperity. In 1972, the then newly crowned leader of Bhutan decided to measure prosperity not on its Gross National Product (GNP), but on its Gross National Happiness (GNH). Inspired by Buddhist tradition, which defines happiness as being at peace with the environment, being at peace with one another, and being at peace with oneself, Bhutan added equal access to education and health care and shared prosperity into the mix.
To date, Bhutan's evolutionary vision is supported by legislation, which has accomplished the following: Life expectancy, which was 38.7 years in 1972, is now 68.3 years. Public education and affordable health care have been opened to all citizens. The government has required that 60 percent of the land remain forested. The economy is largely based on exporting hydroelectric power and tightly managed high value/low impact tourism. Similar initiatives for a GNH are being studied in other countries.
Denmark goes organic
Recognizing that organic farming is healthier for the land, for animals, for people now, and generations to come, Denmark has launched an Organic Action Plan to meet the very ambitious goal of becoming the first Western nation to have 100 percent organic farming and food production by 2020.
The public sector is leading the way collaborating to meet this goal. For example, organic food will be offered in hospitals, on military bases, daycare institutions and schools. And new curriculum added to primary schools include classes on organic food production, farming and new knowledge about food.
The Dalai Lama, and you and me
There is a very public person who embodies living and leading from love and compassion rather than coping through fear and revenge. He is the current Dalai Lama. When he and his people were exiled from Tibet, he could have become an angry, bitter man and a violent, vengeful leader of his people. Because he took the high road, however, he has become a world leader who embodies what is possible.
Every one of us is also that one person, like the Dalai Lama, who can be aware of all the negativity and in the face of that, choose to embody a loving state of being and action. As every person does this, we contribute to a global tipping point upgrading the world. This can be our uplifting legacy for 2016 and beyond. PJH