Recently, “empathy” and “unconditional love” have been discussed here. And that was all about Action Rather than Words. We can talk about the concepts of “empathy” and “unconditional love”, but words are cheap and actions carry your values from inside of you to others you are in relationships with. In this time of pandemic, it is sometimes hard to remember that we are “all connected”, and at other times, it becomes critically clear as the COVID 19 has spread. Inspiration comes easy to me as a practitioner of meditation, metaphysics, and faith. I know the entire Universe, including God, is inside of me. Always has been and always will be. So, when I share about “Actions Rather Than Words” in this time of pandemic, it is living my values. We never know what someone else we see on the street, on a news report, and more is going through. We do not know who they are as a person because the outside of a person rarely shows “the inside”. I do think of others as I wear a face mask, stay home, and more. And, yes, I do believe it starts with me. If I were to contract the virus, I would not be acting in the best benefit of others as well. Because all of us can be carriers far before symptoms appear if they ever do. More than that, I also cannot judge others who choose not to stay home, wear a face mask, or violate social distancing in grocery stores when I do go out for food. All I can see is what is “outside”.
Today, while preparing lunch, the radio played a very old tune by Peter, Paul, and Mary: “Inside”. It touched on a lot of different themes including pies, birthday presents, and books. We never know what is “inside” if we judge from the “outside”. It hit my heart because that is where “empathy” and “unconditional love” are put into play as we realize that we are all connected. It is the Action of Nonjudgment and not uttering the words that follow judgment. Let me share the chorus from “Inside” because it does say it all and calls for action by all who hear it”
Inside, inside, that’s the most important part
Inside, inside, that’s the place you’ve got to start
Inside, inside, that’s where you’ll find the heart of the matter