The World For Which Your Heart Aches
June 23, 2020

I have been looking at old photos. Here I am as a 4 year old helping dad in the garden. Where did time go? What happened to that simple, naive, child-like innocence?

Liz as a child helping her dad in the garden
Now I’m 52 and I’m only just starting to wake up. I feel like a slow learner.

I’m waking up and recognizing my true nature. I’m seeing the spiritual mystery, energy and connection that flows freely through every single person, animal, plant and object in this world of ours.

I’m starting to see that when we collectively wake up to our true essence then we are naturally compelled to seek a society and community that is in harmony.

It’s easy to feel paralysed at the enormity of the world’s problems. I often feel lost and bewildered when I listen to the politicians; when I explore the Black Lives Matter issues; when I look at the damage to the planet; when I feel the pain of those who are ill, or are poverty-stricken and live in war-torn countries.

It’s easy to find myself growing in sadness at the madness of the world.

What do I want?
I want to live in a world that celebrates raising children who have thriving mental health. I don’t want to live in one that’s trying to ‘fix’ bad mental health when it reaches crisis point.

I want to live in a world that encourages parents to spend time playing, teaching and hanging-out with their families – not a world where parents are encouraged to work long hours, often feel exhausted and have to rely on child care.

I would love to see education that is rich, balanced and accessible which recognises all the talents and skills that children bring to the table. I don’t want a rigid, strict curriculum that solely sharpens the intellect of academia.

I want to explore our country’s past and to witness history as a rich and varied subject that celebrates, acknowledges and reflects everyone in our society. I want history to provide a balanced view on what life was really like – not a distorted view written by the conquering men that failed to record the exploitation and misery that their victories engendered.

I want to live in a society that sees maternity-leave and paternity-leave as a valuable contribution to our community, not a drain on businesses.

I want to live in communities where relationships and connection are more important than money and status.

I want to celebrate those who care for others. What if these roles were aspirational and celebrated rather than sidelined and poorly paid (or not paid at all)?

Is there anywhere in the world where governments and politicians encourage us to unite, rather than foster division?

Is it possible to live in a world where my privilege is not at the expense of another person’s poverty and despair?

What would it be like to recognise the beauty and value of earth’s precious resources so that we nurtured rather than damaged ecosystems? What would it be like if we felt sheer gratitude at the abundant beauty of nature that surrounds us?

Is it possible?
It’s so easy to feel defeated and helpless with all these competing issues; there’s a sense that it is nigh impossible to achieve any of it. But is it actually simpler than it looks at first?

The world I want to live in is a natural symptom of people recognising their true nature. When we see past the insecurity and fear that drives damaging behaviours, then we naturally tap into the compassion, love and kindness that is part of our in-built psychological system.

Maybe I’m being simplistic, maybe I’m naive – but I’m happy to make a stand for what feels right.

That’s why I’m so drawn to share the Wellbeing Listener programme. It’s a tiny drop in the ocean – but it’s my contribution. We are built for listening, we are built for connection and we are built to recognise the resilience within each other.

Check out our Wellbeing Listener programmes on our events page (look at events down the right hand column)

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About Inner Compass

Liz Scott & Stu Newberry are trainers, coaches and speakers. They work with individuals and groups across the UK. They also help develop coaching cultures (founded on wellbeing) within schools and organisations.

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