There is a new normal, unfortunately, in the United States, and other parts of the world. The new normal is much more hateful, spiteful, intolerant, arrogant, and judgmental than I for one ever remember. And too often these days, violence against others has become part of the new normal.
More than ever the practices and healing potential of mediation and peacemaking are needed in the world.
The hatred, arrogance, and disregard for humanity are not just an “alternate view” of the world. They are the painful manifestation of a narrowing down of the human heart. Everybody does have the right to their own opinions and view of the world, but when those views and opinions translate into attacks on others and impingement on rights it is a whole different story.
The very core of what mediation and peacemaking are about is the inescapable inner link in our hearts that we have with one another, however much that link seems to be clouded over or ignored.
We cry with someone in their hurt and loss because of that link. We laugh together over the comedy of life because of that link.
Heart-centered mediation and peacemaking rekindle and shine a light on that link. This built-in interconnecting of our hearts holds the seeds of forgiveness and expansion. It holds the seeds of shared joy and openness.
I see the huge challenge today largely as one of rekindling the expansiveness of our hearts and not living in the narrowness of judgmental, fearful, self-protective, and hate-filled thinking. This is a very tall order to fill and not meant to be an oversimplification. Yet regardless of national origins, governmental policies, financial status, and rhetoric, or anything else, the common denominator is our inescapable connection and commonality. And therein lie our beauty and our hope.
The negativity seems to be boiling up at an enormous rate that stuns many people. And yet, there is always an endless well of Light and Heart to turn to. Heart-centered mediation and peacemaking help tap into that well.