Have you been hijacked?

 
 Connection 

2500 years ago, the Buddha taught this - 

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: our life is the creation of our mind
— Dhammapada

Right now, some of the richest people in the world are paying a lot of money to some of the most 'intelligent' people in the world, to figure out how to get you to believe things that simply aren't true. 

(Inspired by George Monbiot – How did we get into this mess?)

What things?

That something is missing.
That you don’t have enough. That you are not good enough. That you are separate from the earth and other people. That ‘others’ are a threat. That boundaries exist and are real, between countries, between people. 

Our minds and hearts have been hijacked! 

hijack | ˈhʌɪdʒak | (also highjack) verb [with object] 
unlawfully seize (an aircraft, ship, or vehicle) in transit and force it to go to a different destination or use it for one's own purposes.

It’s time to rescue them.

We are vulnerable to highjack because we believe them when they tell us something is missing. You know that empty feeling we have sometimes? But what's missing is not we're led to believe, a bigger car, a longer bucket list. 

All that's missing is connection. Connection to what is already there. Connection to our bodies and hearts. Connection to one another and to the earth. Connection to the life that’s living through us. 


 Akira Hojo

Akira Hojo

Connect to our body

  • Walk barefoot
  • Swim in a river
  • Eat plants
  • Make something with your hands
  • Make love
  • Sit and do nothing
  • Lie in the bath
  • Pay attention to the taste and smell of a peach

 Annie Spratt

Annie Spratt

Connect to the earth

  • Grow something
  • Walk barefoot
  • Be where the trees are
  • Eat plants
  • Swim in the sea
  • Sit on the earth and do nothing
  • Practice sky gazing (only at the beginning or end of the day when he sky is not too bright)
  • Let the rain fall on you


 


 Leroy Skalstad

Leroy Skalstad

Connect to other beings

  • Eat more plants and less animals
  • Smile at people you don’t know
  • See everyone as loveable
  • Tell people what is special about them (don’t wait for their funeral)
  • Sit and do nothing in solidarity with other beings
  • Write a letter
  • Give gifts
  • Give compliments
  • Reveal yourself

  1. Make your own lists, or borrow bits of mine. 

  2. Choose one activity from each list that you could do today.

  3. Find an activity that incorporates all three ways of being connected, make that a big part of your life. Mine might be - Cooking great vegan food, from scratch, for people I love. 

 

Connection brings abundance

We can join the resistance, make the radical act of reconnecting and discover that we already have more than enough. Then we are no longer vulnerable to hijack. 

Enough. These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.
This opening to the life
We have refused
Again and again
Until now.
Until now.
— David Whyte