I'm the true recluse,
Blissful as a loner,
And all that we have left
Is never lied for
Delivered on a word
Never near the target
Seen for what it was
And never eye to eye
Baby there's no harm,
There's no harm ...
So watch what you say,
There's a beast that's in me
~ Boxer Rebellion ~ No Harm ~
The more and more I hear the statement “do no harm, but take no shit”, I identify with it. I realize that I am not that important, but what I do, matters. And every single thought, intention or action has an effect. Always.
I always knew that life was too unpredictable to create bullshit, but learning not to take it from others is entirely different story. And it is not about being a rude, inconsiderate, insensitive, impatient, angry ... ... it IS about choice.
We equate peace with passivity and conflict with violence ... but how do we bring assertiveness within our peace and then how do we bring peace to personal conflicts? How do we pause and wait out reactivity? How do we give ourselves the opportunity to explore the infinities of other choices?
... practice non-action, remaining silent, taking a pause and letting things settle. This may appear to be passive but it actually requires huge assertion, because it intercepts the expectations and anticipation of the outcome and focuses on the essence of what is ...
A moment of hesitation, a moment of stillness, a moment of truth ... when you may respond avoiding regret. We’ve all been there when as soon as it comes out of mouth, we wish it was still back in there.
When our intentions come from a place of compassion, love, integrity and truth, no harm is possible. This purity provides us a glimmer into the true essence of human nature. We have it in us to do no harm when we operate from our higher self, rather than our ego.
Plus there is always an opportunity to observe ego, yours or another, in action. Indulgent feelings of righteousness as well as overbearing beliefs that “their” opinion must be shared and forced onto others. Ironically, they don’t see this negative trait in themselves because they’re too focused on their belief that they are somehow justified and allowed to act that way.
Personally, I’d rather than be happy than right ...