Wherever you are right now, I want you to give someone a hug. Take a moment right now to do that. If there’s no one around you, give yourself a hug (literally – cross your arms in front of you and hug yoursef). Hold it for 5 seconds.

Doesn’t that feel good? 🙂

We have passed the halfway mark of 2016, and we’ve seen many tragic things in the last 6 months. Many have fallen into despair over the state of the world. Kinda feels like we’re 2 seconds from doomsday, doesn’t it?

Many people on social media want killings or deaths to stop now. Well here’s the truth, you can’t stop other people from killing each other (not in a simplistic manner anyway), but here’s what you can do: you can start making a change yourself.

This is one radical lesson I learned from the meta-physical text A Course in Miraclestreat others like your brothers. Heard that before? Well, it appears in all of the religious texts, as well as ancient philosophies.

Not a new lesson and I’ve heard it many times, but I only understood it 2 years ago. It’s one of those sayings that I used to take lightly by thinking “yeah yeah, I just have to be nice to people.” Well, it’s a lot more than that. It means, really not judging others and see others like your blood brothers and exactly your equal. Now THAT is not easy.

Can I see that friend without judgement although he, yet again, cheat on his girlfriend? Can I see that laborer, covered in dirt and in foul stench, cleaning the river full of trash, as my brother? Can I see that person, who stole my idea and hard work, claiming it as his own and achieved full success, as my friend?

When I read that passage, realized my misunderstanding and committed to shift the way I see people, I started acting from a place of love, instead of a place of judgment, and holy cow how things changed! People (read: everyone) actually started treating me kindly and with love, which in turns make me want to give them even bigger love. My surroundings changed and I found myself being helped by others, instead of getting mistreatments.

You might think I’m crazy, but if you really want to make a difference, give this a try. The next time you’re disliking someone, or thinking that a person is less than you, see how you can actually see and treat this person from a place of kindness and love.

What we’re doing here is planting the seed of love and slowly spreading it around by holding that energy of love. After all, energy is contagious – I have seen it many many times in theatre, especially as a performer.

Backstage before a performance, it takes only 1 person losing his/ her calm and become a nervous wreck to turn the whole company into one nervous soup. But if everyone maintains his/her calm, the whole company will hold the energy together.

And that is what we’re doing. We’re holding the energy of this world by holding our own vibration of love. Which is much much much higher than the vibration of hatred.

Give it a go but please don’t be perfect, just be human. Don’t punish yourself if you don’t do it, but be happy each time you do. We’re not aiming for perfection, we’re aiming to just simply do it whenever we remember. Plus, as humans, we get emotional, judgmental, and angry. That’s just part of being homo sapiens. Be with your emotions, but then come back to love, cause even one small act of love matters :).

So let’s take a deep breath, let it go, and hug yourself for 5 breaths. Feel how good that is? What you feel is the exact energy we’re spreading. You have it in you and you can always come back to it whenever you need it.

And I’d like to end this letter by sharing the powerful speech from Lin Manuel Miranda at the Tony Awards (you can watch the clip here if you haven’t seen it).

“When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day
This show is proof that history remembers
We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger
We rise and fall and light from dying embers
Remembrances that hope and love lasts long
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love
Cannot be killed or swept aside,
I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story
Now fill the world with music love and pride”

Now, go make some music and spread some love :).