There are so many things that we as humans need to learn. We are all one spirit, one heart, one love, one entity. With that in mind, religions mean nothing. They are generally man created, they are politically created, and set their own agendas. It doesn’t matter if you call upon God, Buddha, Jehovah, Zeus, Father of the Earth, or Joe. Reading the Bible, the Qur’an, the Tripitaka, The Walam Olum, or what other sacred texts you might find, they all have many teachings that are the same. Basic, fundamental ideals that are to lead man to a higher, more loving place. Each one set into words a simple guide to living life right. Even though the Pagan’s have no such book their basis is living and interacting and learning from nature. The definition of the word Pagan is “Country Dweller”. They write their own book of Shadows which is an ongoing, living belief system. As I said before there are many things in all “religions” that are true basic beliefs.
1. Be Kind to yourself.
Pretty basic, or is it? What does it mean to be kind to yourself? Does it mean making yourself happy above all others? Does it mean that you step on others to better yourself? No, I don’t think it means that at all. We all have a past, a present, and a future. The past has helped to create who we are and how we precieve things, how we react to things and how we see ourselves. It is the present that matters, because it is up to YOU to decide at this very moment what you let effect this very moment in your life. It is the decisions you make when you wake in the morning as to whether or not you are going to be happy in the here and now. We all make mistakes, to learn from, to grow from and to move on. They are not meant to be carried as badges of some kind, scars that marr the beauty of your soul. But infact they are scars of beauty to show that we have learned things in life. Shared as teaching tools not bragged about as if we were the only ones to ever get a scar. They are not to become skeletons in our closet, for use to try to hide. Trust me the only people that we are hiding those skeletons from are ourselves. They wrap their hard, cold, boney fingers around our heart. Letting them out, leaving them in the past and learning from them, teaching from them will make your present a happier place. Be kind to you, do not beat yourself up over mistakes that you have made, embrace them, teach from them, and above all bring into your future only things that make you stronger, happier, more loving. Forgive yourself and allow yourself to grow, to love, and to feel. Take time to rest and relax and meditate every day.
2. Be kind to others.
We all know people that are nice for the most part. Are they really kind to others or is it done just because that is how they are “supposed to act”? You must remember that you are a mirror. When you look into the eyes and soul of someone, you know how to react. Stop for just a moment and think before you do, make your own mirror that which you want others to be. Our paths are our own. We walk them alone. Our own faith, hope, fears, and ambitions help guide us. It is the people you choose to help decorate it that matter. Showing love and compassion to every individual that crosses that path mirrors our own. Which leads to number three in a hurry. Forgive the short comings of others, allow them to be their own individuals. Love them for who they are and accept them at face value.
3. It is not for you to judge.
I see so many people that judge others based on anything from hairstyle and clothing to religion and sexuality. I think that for many, it is easier to judge than to look in the mirror and find our own faults. One of my favorite sayings is, ” Know that everyday in someway you touch someones heart, so touch lightly for you know not the impact. A handshake, a hug, a kind word, a smile maybe all it takes to make or break a person. Choose your actions wisely. ” Too many times I have seen the down trodden stepped on yet again. Remember it could just as easily be you that is being judged. Take a moment, give each person a smile from your heart, shake their hand and listen to what they have to say. You could very easily find yourself learning from them, being loved by them, and helping them in the process. Helping others, witnessing to others isn’t about judging them, it isn’t about right or wrong it is about loving them for who and what they are. It is about opening your heart, your arms, and your own story to help them see what love is. Remember a good parent doesn’t beat love and respect into a child, they teach them by showing it to them. Same goes with a perfect stranger. Simple and true respect.
4. Love nature.
That doesn’t mean that you have to love being out in the wilderness being eaten up by bugs and bitten by a snake. But respect and nurture it. I was always taught that you didn’t harvest the first crop off a fruit tree. Why? Usually the first crop is small, let drop to the ground around the tree and absorbed by the earth nurishes the tree. The birds and other animals that eat the fruits also benefit from this. The seeds are eaten and deposited elsewhere to create more trees. I was also taught that when planting things like squash you plant one seed for every family member, one for the animals and insects, and one for nature. If I cut down a tree for fire wood, I plant a fruit tree to replace it. Simple things to help keep nature alive and well. Have you ever come across a dead tree that is standing in nature? The bugs, the birds, the vines all scavenging off of it? Nature reclaims itself but it is up to us, the ones that live side by side to help do our part and not greedily destroy it. Nature has so much more to offer than just being. It’s beauty calms the soul, its ravages reclaim, it’s bounty feeds, nourishes, and heals us. Listen to the animals, hear their chatter. Seek their love and beauty.
These are but a few things that we need to learn. If you look at each and every one of them they all come down to one thing…. LOVE. Learn to give it from the heart and you will recieve so much in return.