It takes a breakthrough to reveal how precious you really are. Almost no one believes that he or she is absolutely necessary in the grand scheme of things. Yet if you are the growing tip of evolution, the universe needs you in a unique way. You fit into a plan that cannot be imagined in advance. It has no rigid guidelines, no fixed boundaries, and no predictable outcome. The plan is made up as it goes along, and it depends on the participation of each and every person.
Adapted from Reinventing The Body, Resurrecting the Soul, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2009).
You Can Transmute Despair to Celebration
The rifts between the earth, corporations, and each other have to be healed. It is time. All we can do is start somewhere. So, where? A friend of mine offered some insight. He was visiting some friends whose land abutted 60 acres that had been clear-cut. The destruction was awesome and the grief of the land and neighbors palpable at the harm that had been done. My friend said that in the midst of so much grief for the loss of such beauty, he realized that his grief wouldn't do anything but bring more despair, so he walked into the wreckage and slash and found the beauty that was there--in the new tree shoots and in the sun on the horizon. Where there was harm, he found healing by celebrating the beauty that was left.
Adapted from Home Enlightenment, by Annie B. Bond (Rodale Press, 2007).