A Time of Transformation

By Wes Annac, Openhearted Rebellion

I wrote the following for the 333rd issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.

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With spring around the corner, I can’t help but think about our potential for transformation. I know it sounds cheesy, but this feels like a time in which we can realize our potential and, like the flowers that will soon blossom, change into something beautiful.

This might mean different things to different people. My ideal transformation involves dedicating more time and energy to making content that hopefully makes your day a little better. It also involves more outdoor activities, healthy eating, and of course, exercise.

Your transformation could be anything. Regardless, now feels like the time to go for it. Maybe I feel this way because spring is coming, and the warm weather is long overdue. Maybe it’s because spring has always felt like a time for renewal and a fresh chance to live.

Whatever the reason, now feels like the perfect time to chase those aspirations you assume are out of your reach. If you can find the time and you’re willing to be dedicated, then why not do what inspires you? Why not start now?

As easy as it may be to stay in your comfort zone, never pushing yourself to do the things you know deep down you’re worthy of doing; this feels like a time when we can no longer accept that. Now more than ever, we seem to be on the precipice of a new era.

I believe we are slowly entering a time when people are will no longer be apathetic. Fatigue will be a thing of the past, as for one reason or another, people will start to care about each other. No longer will we care solely about maintaining our own survival or comfort. Something will push us to work together for the common good.

Hopefully, it won’t be some tragedy that unites us. Something will need to happen to shake the masses free from the slumber we’ve so willingly accepted, but the last thing we need is more tragedy. We need a massive display of love and compassion. In my opinion, it’s inevitable.

Now seems like the best time to push for this personal and societal transformation. On a personal level, you can bring it about by incorporating wisdom into your life and striving to be your best self. Making it happen on a global scale is a bit more complicated.

Bringing about a global revolution of love and compassion will forever be a grassroots effort. We must start where we are with the tools available. For most of us, our tools are our words and actions.

We can spread the word while striving to be an example of love in action. We can use the internet and any other available outlet to share our truth and genuinely try to make life a little better for others. This is all we can do for now, but once it catches on, I believe it will spread like wildfire.

This may sound naïve, but I don’t think it’ll take much longer for the world to realize we don’t need war or hatred. I think that one day, we’ll all finally see how war has destroyed our species and our planet. We’ll see the dark road our blind hatred has taken us down.

Then, we’ll work to mend what we’ve broken.

In my ideal version of this future, no act of genocide, environmental catastrophe, or extinction-level-event will be the trigger for us to come together and stop acting so foolish. We need to band together before something awful happens.

I think we can avoid disaster (manmade at least) by embracing the energy of change that’s in the air and encouraging others to be compassionate. We can be agents of change in a world desperately in need of love if we embrace our potential and leave our comfort zone.

This is the best way to rebel against a society that rewards greed and apathy, so let’s embrace the changes in the air and build a new world together.

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About Wes Annac:

I’m a twenty-something writer & blogger with an interest in spirituality, love, awareness, activism, and other crazy stuff. I run Openhearted Rebellion, a blog dedicated to sharing wisdom and encouraging a revolution that begins in the heart.

I’ve contributed to a few awesome websites that include Waking Times, Wake Up World, Golden Age of Gaia, and The Master Shift. I can be found on Facebook (facebook.com/wesannac, facebook.com/cultureofawareness) and Twitter (twitter.com/Wes_Annac, https://twitter.com/love rebellion)

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A Better World: 5 Positive News Stories

By Wes Annac

I wrote the following for the 329th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.

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The news can be depressing. Paying attention to it all will likely keep you uneasy and uncertain about our future. Although it’s good to be aware of what’s going on, hearing about the bad all the time can take a toll on your psyche.

Being aware of the bad and good in the world will give you a balanced perspective. It will help you see that while there is a lot to be upset about, there’s also a lot to celebrate. The world is not completely terrible, and some people do want to make it better.

Instead of cringing at all the bad news, let’s check out five positive news stories to be reminded of how the world can be good. Continue reading

More Kindness, Less Hate

By Wes Annac, Editor, Karma Yoga Daily

I don’t have an answer for the world’s problems. It’d be deluded to think that any one person does. I do have an idea of what we can do better, and it’s a simple and sensible solution. Although I think we should be more peaceful and try to love everyone, that’s not what I’m recommending today.

I’d love to see a compassionate revolution spring up overnight, but we don’t seem to be ready for that yet. What we can do right now is treat each other better. This small change would allow us to collectively focus on a larger societal transformation.

I’m not suggesting anything extreme. Just more kindness and less hate. In this ideal world, we’d be quicker to forgive than hold a grudge. Instead of being selfish, we’d want to help others. Instead of putting each other down over what divides us, we’d unite over what we have in common.

My intention is not to change anyone, but to suggest things we can do to make this world better for us and everyone we share it with. My hope is that this reaches the people who want change but are unsure how to go about it. I also want to reaffirm that change is always possible, but like anything, it requires effort.

I’m not losing sleep over whether anyone takes this advice. But I do want to help people be open to this change that in my opinion could improve the world substantially. We’re all aware of the imbalance in society and the clear need to change something. Mine is just one of many voices suggesting what we could do better while keeping in mind that I know nothing in the big picture.

I often wonder why people avoid kindness. Looking back, I wonder why I’ve avoided it in the past. Why do we build up resistance to kindness in favor of anger and cold-heartedness? My best answer is that it threatens the ego. To be kind is to put someone else’s needs or wants before your own. This denies the ego its self-centered satisfaction.

For this reason alone, many people go out of their way not to be kind. There’s a pervasive idea in our society that we must be tough and disconnected from any part of ourselves perceived to be weak. Unfortunately, in our world, kindness is weakness. Why be kind when you can gain more from putting yourself above others? Why risk appearing polite and thus exploitable?

This mindset has helped us survive throughout our rough history, and in many ways, it still applies today. Personally, my philosophy is that kindness should come with just enough of a hard edge that people don’t take your niceness for granted. The last person you want to be is the one everybody takes advantage of because you’re too polite to stop them.

The aim is to create a world where we no longer have to worry about this. We can be kind and be ourselves without the threat of anyone making us into anything less. In this ideal world, kindness is inherent. Selflessness is normal, and we replace the apparent need to put each other down with the inclination to help each other thrive.

This is the world I want to see, and no matter how many times you’ve heard it before, it starts with small positive changes we can each make. As sappy as this will sound, nothing will change if there’s no change in the hearts of every individual. Our job is not to force anyone to be nicer, but to encourage kindness and remember to practice it ourselves.

If we want to evolve into the next phase of our technological and spiritual evolution without destroying ourselves, kindness and empathy must come first.

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31287220_1930589003619961_7591073383912046592_nI’m a twenty-something writer & blogger with an interest in spirituality, the environment, activism, music, and other awesome stuff. I run Karma Yoga Daily, a news blog dedicated to sharing daily wisdom.

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How Can We Make a Difference?

Help OthersBy Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

I wrote the following for the 293rd issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.

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What can I write that will make a difference? Who am I to think I’m capable of doing so?

I often wonder what apparently special traits I possess that would lead anyone to think I’m enlightened or even worthy of support. Don’t get me wrong; I love all the support. But despite it, I know I’m just a kid with a lot to learn who loves spirituality and likes to think about how we could do things better.

What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Is it narcissistic to think I have something so good to offer that people will support it? Continue reading

Flint Water Activist Awarded Environmental Prize

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is alarming to say the least. It’s scary to think that a city in a developed nation can be so deprived of clean water that it becomes a national crisis. It serves as a clear warning that we should be aware of our effect on the environment and the resources like water that are essential for our survival.

A lot of people think that in the future, we’ll fight wars over water instead of oil. The crisis in Flint and the water shortage in Cape Town, South Africa show that we should not exploit or take this life-sustaining resource for granted. At any time, it could disappear or become too polluted for us to use.

By causing the problem, trying to ignore it, and focusing on it only when pressure from the public became overwhelming, the city of Flint effectively poisoned its citizens. I’m not saying it’s a conspiracy, but at best, it’s extremely negligent. Continue reading

5 Pitfalls of New Age Thinking That Can Actually Help You

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

I wrote the following for the 273rd issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.

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The new age movement has produced a lot of interesting ideas, many of which have been criticized for being zany or outrageous. But beyond the zaniness, some truth exists in new age philosophy that can help us if we choose to see it.

How we approach these ideas will determine what we get out of them, and here, we’ll look at five common new age ideas from a different perspective.  Continue reading

5 Reasons to Push Past Your Comfort Zone

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

I wrote the following for the 276th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.

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If you want to live your purpose, the first thing you should do is leave your comfort zone. Although it’s, well, comfortable, staying there can squash the dreams of anyone looking to pursue their passion. Especially if you want to succeed independently, choosing comfort over hard work will most certainly land you back in the rat race.

Obviously, it’s good to stop once and a while to rest so you don’t burn out. Everything has its place and time; but spending too much time resting will effectively prevent you from working hard or succeeding.

The following are five reasons to get out of your comfort zone before it’s too late. Continue reading