WOW | Life Inspiration

UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS

In the past three months I’ve covered four continents and five countries.

In each place that I have visited, wonderful souls have been my hosts – family members, old friends, and others who, at first unknown, are now dear. It has been a time of creating and connecting with my tribe. A global tribe. A tribe that is as diverse as it is united in its calling to live conscious and meaningful lives. Lives that serve each one’s personal wellbeing; and lives that serve our loved ones, our communities and the beautiful planet on which, and with which we live.

This tribe is a network. It is a world wide web of kindred souls. Of support. Of inspiration. Of vision. Of strength.

And, oh my…. how much I need and cherish this web right now.

In each place I have visited there are stories of violence, abuse of power, affronts to human dignity, and destruction. Whether it is politicians who are serving their twisted interests before the interests of those they are elected to serve; or the possibility of nuclear war that – as shocking as it is – overshadows the conflicts happening in real time in countries not powerful enough to make headline news. Whether it is the genocides happening right before our eyes; or testimonies that reveal just how colossal the scale of sexual harassment and abuse is. More and more, stories of infringements and injustice are erupting. Like pus from a deep, infected wound. Their truth is ugly and makes even the most jaded of us uncomfortable.

Indeed, the unveiling of truth can be unsettling. And yet, it is necessary.

When we look at what is, as it is, we open ourselves, and situations, to the possibility of healing. This asks that we be bold and look at what is with clarity and with humility. It asks that we own our part in whatever has happened and is happening. Without blame. With honest accountability.

It takes a brave heart to be truthful and sincere. It takes a brave heart to be resilient enough to make space for our dark sides as much as our good traits. It takes a courageous heart to hold space for the only force that heals: Loving Kindness. This Love is not the love of niceties; nor does it let us or others off the hook. This Love is bold. It is fierce. It is the Love that gives us the space and resilience to become accountable for what we have done and what we have failed to do. It is the Love that nurtures self respect, dignity and healthy boundaries.

There has never been a better time than now to awaken our hearts to this fierce love. There has never been a better time than now to find our tribes that help us to do just so. The world needs us; each single one of us with hearts ablaze.


LISA GAUTSCHI (Yogatara) is a Yoga Therapist and Spiritual Psychologist, and the Director of Isha Institute, Jhamsikhel – a centre for holistic learning and conscious living. LISA GAUTSCHI (Yogatara) is a Yoga Therapist and Spiritual Psychologist, and the Director of Isha Institute, Jhamsikhel – a centre for holistic learning and conscious living. Contact: yogatara108@yahoo.com