It starts with me

Yesterday I was having a conversation with my mom about everything that's going on in the world - random shootings in the US, ISIS attacks in the Middle East, astounding pollution in China. My head was spinning and my heart was breaking as I started to focus on all of the pain in the world. Then, my mom asked me a question: what, if anything, do you think can be done to fix all of this?

My mind began to race as I tried to come up with solutions to all of these problems. What would it actually take to create the world we want to live in? As I tried to develop a 3 minute solution to world peace, it hit me. We need conscious leaders who meet hate and fear with love. Not retaliation, not baring our teeth, not disregarding the good of all for the profit of few. Love.

So where do these leaders come from? How are they created and how the hell do they end up leading? What can I do to help?

And that's when I realized (again) something that's been with me for a long time - it starts with me.  It is so easy to look out and see everything that is wrong with the world. I do it all the time. I make a list of things that are broken and judge what's being done to fix them. Now it's time to turn the mirror on myself.

How am I living that supports the world I want to live in? How am I not living?  I became vegan after seeing Cowspiracy because I couldn't in good conscience keep contributing to rainforest destruction and global warming. I compost. I minimize waste. I eat organic. But what about the softer, more subtle things? Am I totally judgment free? Do I meet hate and fear with love? How can I expect others to do this if I'm not willing to consistently do it myself?

If we really are all one, then a shift in the consciousness of just one person will affect everyone. And if many of us start to shift towards love, imagine what could happen. We're at a pivotal crossroads in humanity where we have to turn the ship around, or we might just destroy ourselves. The time to wake up is now. The time to live in a way that's sustainable and loving towards humanity and our planet is now. It starts with me. And it starts with you.

As 2015 draws to a close, I am creating a commitment for the New Year, and I invite you to join me. I am going to meet everything with love. That's right. Everything. The thing about commitments is that they are different than expectations. If you have an expectation and you fail, you experience disappointment. If you fail at a commitment, the commitment still stands. I know I will fail at my commitment time and time again because I am not conditioned to meet pain with love. But I am committed to practicing this vulnerability, to becoming a more loving person and to creating a more loving world.