Yes, there is great power within the small act, thought, word or gesture.
How can we give our greatest love to whatever we are doing right now—no matter how insignificant what we are doing seems?
Love is attention. When we say we love someone, but give them very little attention, we are fooling ourselves.
When we reflect the times others assured us of their love, but gave us very little attention, we know it was just lip service. We were down the list of important activities in their lives.
Attending to the needs of those we love to the best of our ability is important. Whether we can fill those needs isn’t so important, but doing what we can to let them know we care is the currency of love.
Just being with someone, sharing our presence with them whether we have answers for them or not, is true love.
Another form of love is to pay attention to what is occurring within and around us, so I do my best to remember to notice whether my mind is filled with thoughts or feelings that are wholesome or unwholesome.
Am I adding to the unhappiness of our world, or am I wishing everyone the best, whether I agree or disagree with their words and actions?
Am I willing to disagree with someone without throwing them out of my heart?
This may seem small, but words carry a large impact. Attending to the words and thoughts we have about others impacts the consciousness of the world.
By paying close attention to my mind state—my thoughts and my feelings—I do less damage. At the same time I develop patience and awareness.
There is an ancient Chinese proverb referring to “the taming power of the small.” It is the small that tames the large, not the other way round.
Telling myself the truth about what I am feeling and looking into my motive for my words and actions may seem small, but it helps me to avoid projecting onto others.
Am I striving to look more important, perhaps wanting some form of status, or have someone’s approval?
Am I hoping for popularity, outer success, or am I choosing to follow an inner alignment with my soul?
What is my intention? And what am I willing to do to follow my intention? It requires paying attention. Attention hold intention in place.
Therefore, looking closely and asking whether we are adding to or trying to hurt the well being of anyone is of great consequence.
What we refuse to notice, we will fail to correct.
Everything is energy, including our thoughts and emotions.
A small change here, within our own mind, changes everything.
Science has proved that we are all interconnected in such subtle ways that the physical senses cannot conceive of how much every iota of energy—of thoughts, feelings, and actions—affect everyone and everything.
When we touch something right in front of us, we actually touch the farthest star.
Our choices are creative.
When we understand that nothing in nature (and we are a part of nature) travels in straight lines, for we live in a curved universe as science has shown, we realize that course correction is constantly needed if one is going to arrive where one had intended to go.
Every path curves, and if we continue doing the same thing, following our habitual patterns, we will veer right off the course we have set.
New choices, made moment by moment, are necessary if we are to follow our original intention.
This requires pausing, breathing deeply and reflecting into our motives.
Is there a perception of a threat of some kind? A loss? A possible failure? And if so, what thoughts and feelings are connected to this?
Above all, question the truth of these thoughts. Can we prove they are true?
When we consider that the basis of all physical matter is the principle of uncertainty, perhaps we need to let our opinions and beliefs out of the box of certainty, for nothing can remain fixed.
It is rewarding to ask what it is that wants to unfold in this moment.
What is the highest thing to do or say, or not do, or not say?
These small choices tame ego centeredness, narcissism and violence.
As Gandhi has said, “What you do may seem insignificant, but it is vital that you do it.”
We have such largeness within each of us. There is no end to our creativity and ingenuity. Our potential is unlimited as we follow our authentic nature.
Each small prayer of gratitude, forgiveness, of wishing the other person well, does its work to tame the seemingly more powerful forces of fear, hurt and aggression.
How can small thoughts and actions be so transformative? Just cause we’re all totally interconnected.
And that’s the way it is!