Don’t you feel exhausted? I do too. It’s from trying to keep up with all of the noise that’s out there, while also constantly bracing ourselves against it. Resistance, being on guard and blocking out any and all of the injustice out there, takes a lot of energy. And that leaves us exhausted.
What if we stopped spending so much energy blocking against what we don’t want, and started directing our focus onto what do we want. We want a safe world. A world of freedom and love. Those things aren’t exhausting. We’re not on guard against freedom, safety and love. We don’t rise up and resist them. They don’t exhaust our energy. In fact, they come from the source of well-being that provides us with energy. That is the energy that we block off when we focus on resistance against what we do not want.
I have this quote saved that I often revisit from Zen Master, global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh: Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.
We want freedom, we want happiness. I know there is so much injustice to be angry over. But we can’t let ourselves be enslaved by our own anger. If we do want freedom, if we do want peace and happiness, we need to remember that is what we are ultimately after, and so that should be our focus.