I recently saw the movie “Big Hero Six” and was really amazed by the main themes of dealing with the trauma of loss and the ability to look at life from a different view. If you haven’t had a moment to see it, then I strongly suggest that you do :). We all need to smile and feel.
And the long-haired character that shouts out “We’re being attacked by a Super Villain people!” … yeah, his name is Fred! 🙂
What I am getting at is that we all deal with loss and hardship, but will we choose to react in anger and rage or will we reach out in love? The main character and the villain in the movie both suffer loss. Each reacts in a very interesting way that is easy. Hate is easy. Revenge is easy. We want back what someone took from us. We have to question … did what was lost truly belong to us? How many will we hurt in the wake of our hate and revenge? Will we run away or stay and face ourselves? The movie asks these questions and asks us to “take a different approach.”
In class last week, we looked at four significant individuals in world history and how they took a different approach. How can we look at our lives in this present moment from a different perspective?
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A Really Different Approach
I realized that the way they dealt with their truly tough times was different from the way many of us handle such times. These people actually plunged into their most trying experiences, exploring the depths of what had befallen them, feeling the pain of their situation in its immensity, and staying with the difficult time they were going through instead of running from it.
1. Mahatma Ghandi. How did this profound insight come out of such intense suffering? How did imprisonment produce a message that invited humans to rise to a new level of consciousness?
2. Martin Luther King, Jr. How did these two simple yet powerful words (“civil disobedience”) – words that were to change the consciousness of a nation – arise from such suffering?
3. Mother Teresa. Why would she embrace such a difficult lifestyle? Of what benefit was this to her? What did she expect to receive from such sacrifice?
4. Nelson Mandela. Why didn’t he leave prison bitter, angry, and even more in conflict with the government of his nation than when he was first incarcerated?
But I have become convinced that, in our avoidance, denial, and fear, we push away the very experiences that seek to stimulate the evolution of our consciousness. In fact, we deny ourselves the opportunity to become the person we yearn to be and are ultimately destined to become.
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