Personal Empowerment / 367 Views

Written by Roy Holman. Narrated by Marie T. Russell.

The pollution of the planet is only an outward reflection of an inner psychic pollution: millions of unconscious individuals not taking responsibility for their inner space. ---  Eckhart Tolle

Responsible means able to respond, answerable for, trustworthy. Most of us would probably say we are responsible. But it is often the wrong response!

Frequently, we are tempted to take responsibility for others, as in changing or healing them. As a peace activist, I know this one quite well. To me, doing human rights work in Central America actually seemed easier than doing the inner work, taking responsibility for myself. My ego loved focusing on educating others and urging shifts in U.S. policy. That somehow seemed more doable or important than taking responsibility for my own pain, my own mind, and my own unloving thoughts.

While Gandhi was in prison, a man wrote to him asking how he could help heal their country, to which Gandhi replied:

“Do not burden yourself with the responsibility of emancipating the country. Emancipate yourself, this burden is good enough. Begin applying all principles to your life, considering that you are India. In this rests the salvation of your soul. In this rests the salvation of India.”   -- Gandhi

We may say,If I could just change that other person (or country), my life will be better. If they would change, I would be happy.” Again, when we focus...

Continue Reading at InnerSelf.com (plus audio/mp3 version of article)

Read by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf.com

Music By Caffeine Creek Band, Pixabay

About the Author

photo of Roy HolmanRoy Holman is a certified Yoga, Meditation, and Healing Instructor who has been teaching personal growth and Earth stewardship for over ten years and has been leading retreats to Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Sedona, and in his home state of Washington. Roy also spent several years abroad doing human rights work in Central America. In July of 2018, Roy was certified as a HeartMath Coach. HeartMath offers simple tools and techniques to help us move some of the energy out of our busy mind and to access our heart intuition and intelligence. 

Visit his website at www.holmanhealthconnections.com.

Related Videos

MOST POPULAR

What am I ready for?
Daily Inspiration: September 17, 2021
We have hopes and dreams, and possibly even grandiose visions for our future. However,…
picture of several flights of stairs heading in various directions
Daily Inspiration: September 16, 2021
Whatever our goal, whatever our vision, there is always a next step. And that is…
Where Do We Go From Here?
Daily Inspiration: September 14, 2021
We all have various wants and needs. And the things you need are not necessarily the same…
Where Do We Go From Here?
Daily Inspiration: September 13, 2021
Our time seems in short supply, even though we still have the same amount of time we've…
two feet in sneakers facing forward
Daily Inspiration: September 18, 2021
Are we our greatest friend or greatest enemy? We can only answer this question by…
reaching the mountaintop
Daily Inspiration: September 20, 2021
We have to be willing to aim high for what we desire, whether that is in the realm of…
two hands, one holding the earth, the other hand open to receive
Daily Inspiration: September 15, 2021
Many of us on the "spiritual path" are quite willing to give of ourselves, but have a…
man staring out window
Daily Inspiration: September 19, 2021
We are constantly being bombarded by other people's thoughts, desires, and projections.…
young girl opening a door to the outside
Daily Inspiration: September 21, 2021
The US Declaration of Independence says we have the right to pursue happiness. However, I…
a dove with wings spread out
Daily Inspiration: September 22, 2021
Our approach to life is based on our attitude about the past, present and future. Stress…
a view of a tree from an open window
Daily Inspiration: September 24, 2021
ometimes the hardest thing for us to do is to be open to the flow of life. That's rather…
girl with angel wings inside a light bulb
Daily Inspiration: September 23, 2021
We are born as a 100-watt light-bulb. Then our radiance was dimmed down to 60 or 40 or 10…
child playing with bubbles
Daily Inspiration: September 26, 2021
Be open to discovering the gifts life is offering you -- expect silver linings and…

follow InnerSelf on

facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconinstagram iconpintrest iconrss icon

 Get The Latest By Email

Weekly Magazine Daily Inspiration

New Attitudes - New Possibilities

InnerSelf.comClimateImpactNews.com | InnerPower.net
MightyNatural.com | WholisticPolitics.com | InnerSelf Market
Copyright ©1985 - 2021 InnerSelf Publications. All Rights Reserved.