Today is November the 5th — Guy Fawkes Day. Though his intent to blow-up Parliament was not necessarily in the best interests of the many, aspects of it still serve, such as the inspiration for the popular (and frankly excellent) graphic novel and film V for Vendetta and the inspiration for certain modern-day revolutionaries.
Also known as Bonfire Day, the failure of the Gunpowder Plot is celebrated in England. I am a fan of this particular poem about this celebration:
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
In the movie V for Vendetta, the character V wears a Guy Fawkes mask and systematically eliminates the leaders of an awful, spiteful, ugly government (eerily not too dissimilar to way too many aspects of the current US government), culminating in the blowing-up of the Parliament building.
During the year that V executes his plot, the people, long cowed into accepting a leadership they know is awful, begins to wake up and see that they have accepted fascist leadership. Seriously, if you haven’t seen this movie I really recommend it.
When it comes to your own life, have you allowed your mindset to be cowed by society? Do you accept a life that leaves you wanting, displeased, constantly looking for change? Do you desire something different for yourself, but are unsure what that looks like or how to go about it?
Perhaps the time has come for a personal revolution.
Overthrow your mindset
The time may be at hand for you to stop accepting your life as it is and overthrow your mindset. How? By becoming mindful and consciously shifting your focus.
Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of what you are thinking and what and how you are feeling. Most people are only, at best, vaguely aware of what is going on inside their head. Which is rather bizarre when you consider that there is nobody in there but you.
Yet numerous people I know fear to get into their own headspace because they are afraid they will find things they dislike about themselves. Truth is, they’re right…but, in becoming aware of these things they now gain the power to change them.
You are the only one who can control you. Period. Nobody else has the power to make you do, think, or feel anything. Yet all-too-easily people accept the idea that they can place the blame for their lives on all sorts of outsiders.
I don’t deny at all that things happen way outside of your control. You cannot make anyone else do anything. Yet people will inadvertently cause you to be hurt, angry, depressed, distressed, and almost every emotion you can imagine. The actions of other people will generate thoughts and feelings in you.
When you are not mindful it can and will feel as though you have no control. And that is the point of mindfulness. This is you becoming aware of your ability to take control and influence and change your thoughts and feelings.
This is where intentional actions come into play.
Light up the bonfire of action
Mindfulness is not just a magic pill that you can swallow to instantly be aware of what you are thinking and what and how you are feeling. Yet it frequently gets sold as such. No, mindfulness is dependent on intentional action.
Which can be a totally circular argument. Mindfulness can drive the intent of your actions while the intent of your actions can steer mindfulness.
Still with me?
Practicing mindfulness requires a conscious decision and choosing to become aware of what thoughts and feelings are happening inside your head. Because you are the only one in there it can be a bit disconcerting, in especial if you have allowed your subconscious to hold the wheel and take you unwittingly where it would go.
You may discover that the things which have dominated your thinking and feeling are so far beyond your control that there is little you can do about them. No revolution by you alone will foment change and focusing on these far-flung matters does nothing but make you hold onto thoughts and feelings you can’t really do anything with.
What am I talking about? Let’s be honest — you can’t change the Brexit situation in England, nor the destructive actions of the Trump administration, nor Putin’s actions to expand Russian influence, nor even the thoughts of a racist relative you love but don’t like all that much.
All that you can change is you. However, when you act to change yourself you can have a wider impact on the world.
How? By being mindful and becoming aware of your thoughts and feelings, as well as performing intentional actions to be more mindful — and from mindfulness, you empower yourself. When you are empowered you gain control over the only thing you can control — you.
Start an empowerment revolution
Far too many people in the world today are disempowered. This is in part because we live in a fear-based society where the majority of the leadership uses artificial lack and scarcity to scare people into accepting their variation of reality. Fear causes people to not be mindful and disempowers.
When you recognize this for what it is, however, you begin to open yourself to mindfulness. When you practice mindfulness you gain influence and control over yourself. When you are in control of your thoughts, feelings, and actions you can direct your life.
Do you really need these so-called leaders to tell you how your life is supposed to be? No. You have so very much more power than you realize. You are capable of incredible things that make your life into an adventure you desire.
If your current mindset is not where you want it to be, and your life is feeling like it is not yours to control, the time for a revolution is at hand. You have all the power you need to change your life, whatever that may look like.
It can be big or small. This could be something drastic and monumental or simple and deeply personal. Your life belongs to you and nobody else. You have all the power to live how best you desire to.
When more people are empowered you gain the ability to change those large issues. The so-called leaders of our society only lead by driving the disempowered to their will. When you are empowered you take back control.
That is a revolution worth starting. Take your empowerment and become aware of how your thoughts, feelings, and actions to make your life.
Does your life need a little revolution to overthrow the current mindset?
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you matter, as does your empowerment.