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A tweet recently caught my attention: “My secret fear is that lockdown ends and my life is basically the same.”
A telling comment, suggesting something could change for the better. The human heart always longs for something more. There is a hint at some kind of look “inside”. How and what we see inside ourselves has an impact on how and what we see on the “outside”.
Let me suggest a paradoxical way to bring about change: do nothing, just be aware. Whatever change we long for has to be sought firstly through the inner journey. Awareness involves just being present to Reality, being just there as we actually are, dropping all attempts to pretend we are different, or to soften our story and experience. This requires such courage! We humans are guarded when it comes to exposing who we truly are, even to ourselves. There is inside every one of us a lack of unity, bits that do not fit together, longings that clash, aspects that are at war with one another, and…. We just can’t hold it all together with tranquility.
Etymologically, the purpose of any religion (Latin re-ligio) is to join things up again; to enable us to hold all the paradoxes and contradictions together. In Christianity that holding together comes only from the experience of Mercy and Compassion.
In these trying times, what about consciously forgiving YOUR Reality for what it is? It will change you. And that inner change will be reflected on the outside by an increased “at-oneness” with one another.
We will change to the extent we are willing to know the truth of what is really happening inside us.
Monsignor James MacNeil, St Columba’s Cathedral, Oban