As Bob Marley said, we are all “One Love, One Heart.  Let’s Get Together and Feel Alright!”

Yet we see and experience division all around us through our thoughts of others, interactions with others, and views of the world outside of our comfort zone.  In the United States, I’m feeling the division between parties and opinions are very prevalent with the Presidential Election coming up.  It seems that the country as a whole is lost in our opinions and entranced by conforming ourselves into a single party view, and angry with the opposing party.  This conforming that creates such division is so upsetting to me and has spurred me to write this blog! 🙂

The Yoga Sutra Ahimsa, and in harmony with many religions, teaches that this perceived division between individuals and, eventually groups, isn’t truth; on a very basic human level, we are all the same regardless of sex, color, shape, political affiliation, monetary situation, etc.  Right now, think of the most difficult person you know in your life….   Can you honestly say that they do not seek the same things as you?  Peace and happiness, acceptance and approval, love and freedom.  They may have a strange way of expressing it, but their ultimate human needs are the same as yours.

In a letter written by Albert Einstein, he explains:

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”

I can’t think of anything that better demonstrates our similarities than the Where the Hell is Matt videos, watch the latest and smile!

Next time you have a disagreement with someone, or get angry at the television over someone’s opinion, take a moment to take a deep breath, and remember that we are all ONE LOVE, ONE Heart.  Instead of reacting, respond with compassion so that you become a part of the solution.

Seek to find similarities, embrace the light within you and within your neighbor.  None of us are foes.  Find your higher self in your interactions, and respond accordingly.   This will both change you, and those you interact with, it will even change your family, neighbors, city, state, country, and the world.  It’s like a game of dominos, but instead of dominos falling on one another, we are sharing our light and compassion, and it goes on and on.  The challenge isn’t to be perfect all the time, because we won’t, but just to become more aware, and TRY to remind ourselves of this important fact of our overall connection and similarity when we are most challenged.

How are you learning to be One Love with someone or something in your life?  How does it make you feel?