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La globalización de la indiferencia

55eb9ba11ae6c-inlineLa causa que motivara a la familia Kurdi a escapar de su natal Siria en un bote por la mar en medio de la noche enfrentando las vicisitudes que ello conlleva y arriesgando sus vidas, es la misma causa que ha movido a los miles de inmigrantes provenientes de distintas áreas de Oriente Medio que buscan llegar a Europa: huir de la guerra y encontrar paz y seguridad. Desafortunadamente esa familia se ha sumado a los 2,300 inmigrantes que han muerto por naufragio solo en 2015.

Pocos días atrás ha conmocionado al mundo entero la fotografía del integrante más pequeño de la familia Kurdi cuyo cadáver se localizó en la playa turca de Bodrum. Su nombre era Aylan Kurdi y tenía tres años. Con su trágica muerte ha retratado el drama que viven los refugiados que buscan conseguir asilo como única vía de huída de la guerra que asola en sus países y que ha dejado ya más de 120,000 muertos, entre ellos 14,000 niños y ha provocado que 11,5 millones de sirios hayan abandonado sus hogares.

La imagen fría, inerte y sin vida de Aylan Kurdi en la orilla de la costa refleja en que nos hemos convertido como sociedad, como humanidad. La capacidad para sentir afecto, comprensión y solidaridad hacia las demás personas es lo que nos hace ser llamados humanidad pero, ¿aún podemos ser llamados “humanidad” cuando vemos a nuestros gobiernos, a nuestros líderes políticos dar la espalda a ese grupo de personas, hombres, mujeres, niños inmigrantes que claman por ayuda y compasión?. Vemos a gobiernos influyentes gastar millones de dólares en la búsqueda de agua y vida en otros planetas, en lugar de ocuparse en el nuestro, en la Tierra, en donde cada día 4,500 niños mueren por falta de agua.

La mayor enfermedad hoy en día no es la lepra ni la tuberculosis sino la indiferencia. Esta actitud indiferente e insensible ha alcanzado actualmente una dimensión mundial. Hemos aprendido a encerrarnos y enfocarnos únicamente en nosotros mismos y hemos cerrado la puerta y dado la espalda a nuestro prójimo. Pero los hechos y los problemas mundiales no dejan de existir porque se les ignore. Bien decía Juan Montalvo: No hay nada más duro que la suavidad de la indiferencia.

Las guerras y conflictos que asolan el mundo son producidas por diferencia étnicas, religiosas, y de identidad, o bien por la apropiación de las riquezas naturales de alguna región, las diferencias en la forma de gobernar o la lucha por el poder político. Tenemos que empezar a ver a los demás no como extranjeros, árabes, judíos, homosexuales, blancos, negros, cristianos, musulmanes, comunistas, capitalistas, sino como hermanos.

La Tierra en un solo país y la humanidad sus ciudadanos -Baha’u’allah-. Cuando entendamos y aceptemos la “Unidad”, nuestras vidas van a cambiar para mejor. Mientras que si seguimos atrapados en la ilusión de “nosotros” contra “ellos”, vamos a seguir sufriendo y las guerras y conflictos van a continuar. La disfunción que estamos viendo a nivel mundial se debe a nuestra incapacidad para aceptar este concepto básico: ver a los demás como iguales, como hermanos.

El propósito de este artículo es el de hacerte un llamado. Un llamado a dejar la indiferencia. Un llamado a abandonar los prejuicios y paradigmas de desigualdad. Un llamado a ser tolerante y aceptar a nuestros semejantes por lo que son. Un llamado a la hermandad. Un llamado a extender tu mano a tu hermano y ser compasivo. Ese es el verdadero modo para terminar con las guerras, con los conflictos y así evitar que más hombres, mujeres y niños, como el pequeño Aylan Kurdi de solo tres años, sigan sufriendo y muriendo.

Levantémonos, despertemos y actuemos como una sola familia.

“Todos somos uno – o al menos deberíamos serlo – y es nuestro trabajo, nuestro deber y nuestro gran reto luchar contra las voces de división y buscar el bálsamo de la reconciliación.” – Roy Barnes

Publicado en Voices of Youth -UNICEF-.  http://www.voicesofyouth.org/es/posts/la-globalizaci-n-de-la-indiferencia

5 Simple Ways to Cultivate Happiness in our Daily Lives.

8076936667_3fb0417643Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

A lot has been written about this and the truth is that this is a very cliché topic: what is happiness?. So, before you start reading this article, I want you to know that I have spent quite some time looking for an answer to this simple but meaningful and deep question.

I used to be tired. Tired of waiting to achieve certain dreams and goals that were supposed to grant and bring happiness. I was truly exhausted of waiting for an unknown future to bring happiness instead of feeling happy with the fullness of the present. So I decided to start a journey in which I stopped waiting for happiness and began to live it in the present moment. But more than to start living it, I started feeling it and I became aware that one does not find the happy life, but makes it.

We are all on this journey called life evolving and looking for the meaning of happiness and, if at this moment I am writing about this essential life topic, it’s because, through this article, I want to invite you to spark up the flame of a happy soul!.

So…

What is happiness?. A trite question, perhaps, – but do we really know what it is? Are we really feeling happy? -.

If you seek an answer that you can understand with your mind and logic, I would tell you then that happiness is the one that accompanies the realization of the own purpose of every living being. But if you seek an answer that you can understand with the heart, an answer to be understood through the language of the soul, then I could answer you in a more accurate way: happiness is an attitude that is taken and felt from the inside of each person. But how can we get happiness?. People today, in a world that seems to go so fast, do not seem to be happy, people today do not seem to be satisfied, and this is because we expect to find happiness, solely and wholly, on material things that never seem to satisfy us.

Make yourself the question: do I feel happy? and if I don’t, why?. Many will say: I’m not happy because I need more health, others may say: I’m not happy because I don’t have enough money, and some others could say: I am not happy because I’m not loved by anyone and I have nobody to love. All your reasons for not being happy are valid, yes, but if you think that when you get  enough money you will  be happy, until you’re completely healthy you will be happy, or that until you find someone who loves you, you will be happy, I’m afraid you will not.

If you consider happiness as something that comes at the time you get to make or obtain certain things, if you think that once everything falls into place you will find happiness, I’m afraid you will never find it. Find happiness and everything will fall into place.

Happiness is a choice not a result, and nothing will make you happy until you decide to be happy. So, how do I choose to be happy?, how can i be happy here and now?.

Happiness is a state of mind. To be happy you have to start feeling happy. The secret of happiness is inside every human being.

I strongly invite you to follow these tips to help you cultivate happiness in every moment, every day. These tips may look easy and simple, but remember that finding happiness and begin  feeling it is easy and simple:

  1. Feel happy and joyful from the raising of the sun.

Early in the morning, when you wake up and open your eyes, feel happy, feel within you the happiness and joy because, for one more day, you are blessed to see and breathe the fullness of life. Everyday has its unique blessings.

Since I started practicing the habit of feeling happy and identifying my blessings, I realized that automatically I was changing my mood and my day and the situations I lived on it became positive because that is how i was feeling, happy and joyful.

If you start each day happy, it determines the way you live your day. Arise! Arise and shine!.

  1.   Make a daily list of reasons about why you’re happy.

Being happy goes hand in hand with being grateful. We all have some reason to feel happy and grateful. It may be, perhaps, because we have a job, because we have a trustworthy friend, because we have a family that take cares of us, or maybe for our gifts and talents. We all have something to be happy. Every day, at the time you feel calmer and quiet, make a list of 10 things for which you feel happy on that day, and while you write them, feel joy and gratitude for having so many things to be happy. You have enough to live a happy life!.

  1. Find and do what makes you happy.

If we want to be happy and to feel the happiness during the day, we have to do things that make our soul feel happy. If you still don’t know, ask yourself: What makes me feel joyful and happy?, perhaps it’s writing, maybe it’s painting or listening to music. To some people sports make them happy, others prefer to sing and dance and, some others, to work. Find what fills your heart with happiness and do it, practice it, make it. Fulfilling your special calling brings the greatest happiness.

  1. Happiness is not getting what we want, it is to appreciate what we already have.

Remember the words and the teachings of the greatest enlightened masters of the past who taught us that feelings are the greatest creative power in the whole Universe. What we feel, it is what we attract into our lives. So if at this moment you’re living hard times, difficulties, economic problems, health problems, etc. Do not focus on the negative and redirect your energy into things and activities that make you feel happy and joyful at present moment. The feeling of happiness, joy and gratitude in your heart affects the whole Universe and back to you with an avalanche of situations that will make you feel happier and more grateful.

  1. Find harmony and balance to find happiness.

To feel that we maintain a balance in our life, we must explore both the spiritual and the material side of life. If we totally inclined ourselves into the spiritual side and we forget about the material side, we are turning our back to the fact that we live and we are on earth to learn and evolve. And if we turn fully into the material aspect of life instead and forget about spirituality, we are ignoring the seeking of our inner self and the seeking of that awareness that connects us to our higher self. Happiness lies in the middle of both and we find it in the balance, it means that we find happiness by looking for our inner wisdom and light but with our feet on the ground, in the here and now.

Happiness is your birthright. By connecting with yourself, setting intentions to be happy, and surrendering to the natural flow of life, you can breathe a sigh of relief, trusting and knowing that everything is unfolding in perfect, divine timing.

Start the journey! Be happy here and now!

     Published in Elephant Journal.     http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/09/5-simple-ways-to-cultivate-happiness-in-our-daily-lives/

The globalization of indifference

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The cause that motivated the Kurdi family to escape from their native Syria in a boat by the sea in the middle of the night facing the vicissitudes that entails and risking their lives, is the same reason that has moved thousands of immigrants from different areas of the Middle East seeking to reach Europe: to escape from the war and find peace and security. Unfortunately that family has joined the 2,300 immigrants who have died by shipwreck just in 2015.

A few days ago the wrenching image of the smallest member of the Kurdi family, whose body was found on the beach in Turkey in the Bodrum peninsula, has shocked the world. His name was Aylan Kurdi and he was three years old. With his tragic death he has portrayed the plight of refugees seeking asylum as the only way to get to escape from the war raging in their countries and which has already killed more than 120,000 people, including 14,000 children and has caused 11.5 million Syrians to flee their homes.

The inert, cold, and lifeless image of Aylan Kurdi’s body washed ashore on the beach reflects what we have become as a society, as humanity. The ability to feel affection, understanding and solidarity with other people is what makes us humanity but, can we still be called “humanity” when we see our governments, our political leaders turn their back to that group of people, men, women, immigrant children who cry out for help and compassion?. We see influential governments spend millions of dollars in search of water and life on other planets, instead of engaging in ours, on Earth, where 4,500 children die every day from lack of water. The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis but indifference. This indifferent and insensitive attitude has now reached a global dimension. We have learned to focus only and solely on ourselves and we have closed the door and turned our backs to our neighbors. But the facts and world problems do not cease to exist because they are ignored. As Juan Montalvo said once:There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.

The wars and conflicts ravaging the world are caused by ethnic, religious, and identity differences, or by the appropriation of the natural resources of a region, differences in the form of government or the struggle for political power. We must begin to see others not as foreigners, Arabs, Jews, homosexuals, blacks, whites, Christians, Muslims, communists, capitalists, but as brothers. The Earth is but one country and mankind its citizens -Baha’u’allah-. When we understand and accept the Oneness of all Life, our lives will immeasurably change for the better. Whilst we are stuck in the illusion of “us” versus “them”, we will continue to suffer wars and conflicts. The dysfunction we are seeing on a global scale is due to our inability to accept this basic concept: to see others as equals, as brothers.

The purpose of this article is to make you a call. A call to leave indifference. A call to abandon prejudice and paradigms of inequality. A call to be tolerant and to accept our neighbors as they are. A call to brotherhood. A call to extend your hand to your brother and to be compassionate. That is the real way to end wars and conflicts and to prevent more men, women and children, as the tiny boy Aylan Kurdi who was only three years old, to continue suffering and dying.

“We are all one – or at least we should be – and it is our job, our duty, and our great challenge to fight the voices of division and seek the salve of reconciliation.” – Roy Barnes.

Wake up. Rise up. Stand up for each other! Act as One Family!.

Published in Voices of Youth -UNICEF-.   http://www.voicesofyouth.org/en/posts/the-globalization-of-indifference-

¡Conviértete en un agente de cambio!

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Muchos de los jóvenes que comenzamos a escribir en Voices of Youth y que seguimos de cerca las actividades y proyectos que realiza la ONU en los distintos países del mundo, lo hacemos con la intención de conocer y de aprender a cómo convertirnos en agentes de cambio. Muchos de nosotros podremos pensar que el único modo de causar un impacto y cambio social en la humanidad es únicamente a través de la política. Y esa creencia es totalmente errónea y os voy a explicar por qué:

El modo más eficaz y significativo de causar un impacto social es convirtiéndonos en agentes de inspiración y para ello necesitamos una herramienta que es única, poderosa y muy efectiva: pasión. La pasión es algo que los jóvenes en la actualidad hemos perdido. Quizá la hemos perdido por miedo a expresar quienes somos o por miedo a perseguir lo que en verdad anhelamos.

El lograr que nuestra sociedad, nuestro país y nuestro planeta se despoje de sus viejos paradigmas que ralentizan el progreso y los reemplace por una nueva visión que esté más en concordancia con la justicia, la paz y la fraternidad, esa es una tarea que nos corresponde a los jóvenes. Los jóvenes estamos llenos de energía, talento, potencial y tenemos una visión más fresca de la realidad, pero todas esas cualidades apenas mencionadas no son significativas si carecemos de pasión. ¿Y cómo podemos convertirnos en agentes de cambio que inspiran e impactan? Siendo apasionados por lo que realizamos.

Es tiempo que los jóvenes aprendamos a escuchar nuevamente el corazón y persigamos lo que realmente nos apasiona. Si te apasiona el Arte, crea arte que inspire. Si te apasiona la música, crea música que inspire. Si te apasionan los estudios sociales y políticos, crea entonces cambios políticos y sociales que inspiren. Recordemos las palabras de Harriet Tubman, activista afroamericana de los derechos humanos, quien una vez dijo: Cada gran sueño comienza con un soñador. Recuerda siempre, tu tienes en tu interior la fuerza, la paciencia y la pasión para alcanzar las estrellas y cambiar el mundo.

Asume el reto y conviértete en un agente de cambio. ¡Inspira!

Publicado en Voices of Youth -UNICEF-. http://www.voicesofyouth.org/es/posts/-convi-rtete-en-un-agente-de-cambio—2