Some people believe that climate change is not caused by humans, and others know it is. People take sides, people judge, we as a species alienate those we disagree with. We have practiced this methodology since the beginning of time and I beg you to answer the question... How well is this working out for us ?
We not only need a shift in our governments, our policies and activities, we need to radically change how we all choose to deal with conflict.
Conflict can show up in many forms, in your life, your job, and your relationships. Regardless of its form, conflict is a disguise. I am a firm freaking believer that when a problem appears in your life, or when life keeps presenting you with poop, the universe is trying to offer you a moment of expansion. Most of us feel defeated, or deflated when we are presented with conflict, and it's a shame, truly, because one thing I've learned for sure is that problems are gifts.
Problems appear FOR you. And the conflict, or problem you are presented with will continue to surface in various forms until you figure out the lesson, or insight or path to your own growth. These conflicts or challenges become the ultimate stalker, begging you to take the leap and solve them.
When I'm presented with a problem, conflict or obstacle… I stop. I stop and ask myself what is here for me. I feel the emotional response intellectually, and begin dissecting the true reason I am feeling so reactionary, or defensive, or angry. I take stock of the story I am convincing myself of and then I transform the problem into a gift. A gift that needs unwrapping.
It's exceptionally freeing to transform your problems into gifts. It takes the heat off. Merely transforming them into potential gifts, is still not enough, but it's a good step. It's imperative for our survival that we learn how to work out conflict, differences of opinion.
I'd love to share some tools that have literally transformed the way I see problems, obstacles or issues with you.
Have a visit to www.thework.com, and meet Byron Katie. Watch her videos and then download her work sheets "Is it True" and "Judge your Neighbor" . If you can master these steps, I promise life will seem lighter, easier and clearer to navigate. Byron also has podcasts and one of my faves is her "work for kids".
Our planet's problems, humanity's problems lie in working with each other to evolve ourselves so we can work out our issues. Learning, trying and mastering attempts to work out conflict is fundamentally essential to our species thriving, so I suggest you begin to get more comfortable with conflict, and see it as an opportunity to help humanity mature, to evolve into a bonafide species of wonder as opposed to what we currently are, which at times can seem like a group of two year olds fighting in a sandbox.