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Filling the Void; Feeling the Connection

There is a man who visits my dumpster every night. He rifles through the days collected treasure hoping to stumble upon something that might make his next day, his next moment, more bearable. He searchers for left-over food to quiet his hunger, or an old piece of clothing to add to his minimal collection. I sometimes leave my recycling by the dumpster for my neighbor, hoping that he can make use of the empty bottles and cans that I have already consumed the best of.

As I watched from my window last night, I realized how divinely connected I am to this man. We are both spiritual beings having a human experience, and as such, we have the same potential for enlightenment. I have love for this man. We share the same space called Earth.

My indulgence in this simple moment of inter-connectedness was cut short by the sound of a Lexus SUV speeding through our quite ally. Why, I thought, does anyone need that over-priced, gas guzzling, car? He’s up to his ears in debt, I think. I bet he doesn’t own any of his earthly luxuries – not his house, not his car, not his clothes, phone or furniture.I want to blame this man for the economic injustices in the world. I want to berate him for acquiring the kind of debt that has plummeted our society into economic collapse.

And then it hits me. He’s feel the connection too.

Throughout the past 100 years, we have acquired more wealth as a species that we have in our 10,000 year domestic history. We have gone from subsistence farmers to billionaires in the blink of an eye. And at the same time, more than half of our Earthy brothers and sisters go hungry. If you believe that we are all connected, (and for the sake of this article, let’s go with it) then it stands to reason that we can feel each other’s joy and sorrow. On a deep, spiritual level, we feel the hunger of our brothers and sisters. This is what the man in the lexis feels. This is a good thing.

What we have done with this feeling is not such a good thing. We are filling our spiritual starvation with things. The new car, the bigger house, the designer bags and the shoes we can’t afford are empty, hollow calories, and they’re killing us. We consume and throw away at a level that is unprecedented in human history. And despite this feeding frenzy, we are still starving, and will continue to starve until we recognize the core reason for our behavior. People are literally wasting away because of a lack of food, water and shelter. And we are spiritually wasting away as will “fill our bellies” with the wrong substances.

I am making a pledge to myself and my Earth family to dig deep before I dig into my wallet to buy the latest digs. What am I filling with the purchase? Where is this urge coming from? It’s only when I take a moment to connect with Spirit, to connect with the Earth and all who dwell here that I make the better choice of saying no to the hollow substance and say yes to humanity.

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olutosin's picture

Real Sister

Dear Real Sister,

Thanks for hitting it on the head. Sometimes I think God is partial, but the problem with us is the haves who do not care about The have nots, if you can see this and write this in a developed country, please imagine what we see daily and why I write the rubbish I pour out from my heart everyday, I know why I write only the negative, And always grateful for Worldpulse for the opportunity, we are not created equal I feel.

It is even funny in our own part of the world, where they will feed on junks and look like monsters. From one prescription to other instead of spreading their meals..

Continue to think about us, yes if every human being can think about the have nots, how beautiful this world will be, a president will not sit on 20 billion when his next door neighbor cannot afford the next meal, we can do it touching a life at a time.

Thanks real sister

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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fcoulour's picture

Filling the Void

This is the first time that I have thought about the insatiable appetite of people in the our society as the response of the soul to the deprivation of our brothers and sisters in other parts of world, as well as our own society. Truly, we are one, and are responding to each other where we realize it or not.

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