The Olympic Spirit-a Cause for Celebration

This might surprise some of you but I got up at 5am our time (Australia) to watch the openning ceremony of the Games. It was an openning which focused on British history, British talent and culture, as well as its athletes.  But I’m not here to comment on the artisitic merit or otherwise. I’m here to celebrate one of the few times humanity pulls together. None of us are fools. We are all aware that behind the glitz and glamour and current unity are the ongoing stories of violence, robbing of human rights, starvation and poverty and the rest of it. BUT in every one of us there is a good and bad side and as we are all broken in some way, we cannot expect that humanity be better than the sum of it’s parts.
So, with that out of the way let’s look at the beauty and wonder of the world coming together and some of the symbolism which was chosen. In particular, the way the flame was an amalgum of the flame from each individual country. Each team entered the arena, accompanied by child carrying a metal petal, which they later added to the one large metal flame structure. When the flame was lit, it was lit by 6 of the young British athletes, who each lit one of these petals. That flame then travelled to the next petal setting it alight and so on until every petal was lit. When all the individual petals were alight, the thin metal poles, to which they  were attached , rose in unison to form one flame.
The idea that we are all one, is faith based…..found in nearly every religion’s teachings. When we act out of a place that is just about self and forget our brother and sister standing beside us, then we begin the divisions which lead to disunity and then hatred and then the crimes can follow from this. Some years ago, we were building our new home in a street where every home was being newly built. I became aware of the fact that some people were always considerate of their neighbours’ needs and some were only concerned with what they wanted. We had one such neighbour and I could feel myself pulling against him on so many issues until one day I stood back and decided to let it go. I will chose here to act out of my space and not go down to his level. I felt much more peaceful and interestingly, some of the decisions he made backfired on him. I was not so good a person that I didn’t smile at his misadventures at his own hand! So back to the Olympics….let us try to remember that we are one and pull together as community in love and support, like lots of small flames shedding one magnificent flame as we move as one.
We can do this in this blogging world, supporting each other, promoting each other, finding the time to comment, being generous spirited and kind when commenting. If one’s conscience feels one has to stand against someone else’s opinion, do it with a gentle spirit, nastiness is not necessary. Older bloggers can support the young and enter their world, even though we may not always understand the minds of 16 year olds, we can at least listen with openness. Who knows, we might learn something!
If God called us to be as One, and we are created in God’s image, let’s try to think of the other person. Let’s try to be loving, kind and generous. Let’s bring this heart to our work and neighbourhoods. If we don’t aim to be better, we wont. Let the Olympics remind us we are one big family, so let’s act as one.
PS: GO AUSSIE GO
Kind Regards Leanne

About mindfulness4now

Hello and welcome. I am mother, step mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend. My passions are my spirituality, life and people, reading, meditation and mindfulness, writing/journalling. I also love food, coffee, photography, and travel(near,far and off-road). I also have an interest in health(especially mental health). Welcome to my musings on life's journey.
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2 Responses to The Olympic Spirit-a Cause for Celebration

  1. Great post! I really like the concept of us all being ONE together. In North America, the U.S. especially, there’s a lot of xenophobia present that makes me sad. It isn’t as bad in Canada-or maybe we just don’t express it publicly so much, but I really wish people could see we are not that different from one another. Our ego’s tell us we have all of these differences but if we just tuned into our inner nature we’d realize there’s more similarities than some of us want to acknowledge. If we could come together, like at the Olympics, putting aside disagreements, conflicts etc., wouldn’t that be a welcome change for all of us? Every major religion has the same fundamental precepts but people get caught up in the details that signal one religion as different from another.

    I’m glad I found your blog 🙂

    • How wonderful you take this view with what you have been truth because I believe it’s the only way forward towards love and peace, by viewing us as one at the core of our being, our centre where we find a deep oneness with our Creator.

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