“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.”
I am a mother of the world. I am also a mother of three vivacious children. Having my own children and understanding the enormous responsibility of being a mother has opened my eyes to some extraordinary possibilities.
I find myself overwhelmed every time I open a news source to catch up on the happenings of the world. Day after day, death and destruction loom around ever corner. In most recent weeks guns seem to be the horrible hot topic. I am saddened to think this is what I get to hand over to my children. Hate. Destruction. Fear. Control. The list seems to go on and on, spiraling down a gloomy rabbit hole.
There has to be an alternative to support a more suitable global community at large. I don’t have many strong political opinions. I’m novice when it comes to sustainable food or energy and global warming completely goes over my head, so what’s a gal to do?
Become a Mother of the World.
Become the change in which to see. If I don’t protect the children of the world, who will? This is my planet and my home. I protect my children with love and compassion. I teach them right from wrong and when they have gone estranged, I guide them back not with brute force and fear, but with guidance, inspiration and adaptation.
“The threat to the children of the world and the collective behavioral patterns do not display a motherly tone of, “that will not be tolerated in my home.”~ Marianne Williamson
I try to treat every person I meet as if I was their mother. I realize for some that would send them screaming in the opposite direction, but I’m not talking about the kind of mother that uses spit on her thumb to get the mustard off your face or the mother you ask to park a block down the street from school to avoid any embarrassing moments in front of your friends.
I am the mother that looks at every situation as an opportunity to learn from and I approach these opportunities through love rather than fear. I believe that these fear based institutions are realizing that there is no more room to bully someone into action.
The world has been dominated for centuries by masculine energy and it’s time to shift to a more feminine, motherly approach in connection to humanity. I’m not claiming to be an expert on solving all the world’s problems, but I know what works in my home. I don’t tolerate hateful words so I show them how to speak kindly. I don’t punish with physical harm or emotional abuse; rather, I encourage my kids to make good choices and acknowledge their positive actions.
When my children fight over who is going to get the biggest piece of dessert, I try to teach them that there is enough of the pie to go around and everyone will be satisfied and full. That same principle applies on a global level. There are enough resources, if used wisely, for every child in every country in ever corner of the world.
I’ve come to realize when I apply these same concepts to everyone I meet, especially to people who want to pick a fight, it is much easier for me to separate my emotions from their actions and be responsible for my motherly contribution to the situation at hand.
We all have a little Mother in us. We must all stand up and say, “Enough! You will not treat my planet, my home and my children this way any longer.”
We are in need of a global timeout and in that time I hope we come to understand that when we change what is in our heart, we change what is in the heart of the world.
Alli Akard is a yoga mama to the fullest. Having recently moved back to the U.S. after a seven year hiatus in the jungles of Panama, where she and her husband raised their 3 monkey babies and continue to run their family business, she finds ways to incorporate the simple pleasures of jungle living back in Texas. As a striving yogini, story teller enthusiast and lover of all things magical she takes each day as a new opportunity to create a little more magic in the world.
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Ed: Brianna Bemel