I follow a mindfulness teacher called Alfred James who blogs over at PocketMindfulness.com.
We’ve kept in regular contact since we both enjoy meditation and own websites. He’s a really inspirational guy, and has a few books out that are well worth a read.
Recently he sent out an email and it really got me thinking, and with his permission I felt compelled to share it here.
I am hoping to get Alfred to do a guest post here on something self help related; perhaps to get his take on how mindfulness and self help co-exist. I’ll let you know if I make that happen.
In the meantime this email below will set your mind free for the day.
Stop Looking Up – Alfred James
It’s funny the things one ends up drawing inspiration from. The other day I was watching Bruce Almighty with my niece, you know that film with Jim Carey and Morgan Freeman. Carey plays a news anchorman who is becoming increasingly frustrated with the cards God – played by Morgan Freeman – has dealt him.
It’s a funny and sometimes silly film, but with an extremely thoughtful ending. Bruce asks God how he keeps up with the millions of prayers and still manages to allow free will to prevail. To paraphrase, God replies something to the tune of, welcome to my world, Bruce. The problem is people keep looking up without realizing that they already have the power within.
And isn’t that just so true. We are constantly looking up, praying, wanting, asking. But, if we look at the reality of things, the answers are right here on earth. The fact is the majority of the world’s problems could be solved if we just used the resources we have (and each other) to create change, instead of wishing for some form of divine intervention…
– We ask the sky for mercy from natural disasters yet continue to pollute the air, spoil the sea and damage the land.
– We look to the sky for more food for the hungry when we have plenty to share.
– We ask for peace but allow our leaders to take our sons and daughters to war.
Think about it for a moment today. How often do you look up to the sky for answers that you already own.
We’re always looking to the sky in the hope that someone is listening. Well, maybe God, Buddha, Mother-Nature or whatever you call your god isn’t replying because, just like Morgan Freeman suggests in Bruce Almighty, it’s time to stop looking up.
Change is already in your hands.