Riots Across The Nation #riotsacrossthecountry
In the past 3 days as the riots continue throughout the US, four different people have confessed to me that they have become acutely aware of the state of our humanity lately, and it is deeply disturbing. To some of us, it is obvious that the last straw has been pulled, the cry of ENOUGH!!!!!!, echos across the land.
The relentless video proof of the racially inspired murder of the unarmed black man in our streets by law enforcement is a sickening display of this ambient and pervasive cruelty. When will the healing begin, the hating halt, when will peace prevail? The entire country has hit the boiling point after 2 months of lockdown and nationwide personal health and economic uncertainty, not to mention several of an administration that is intrinsically criminal, dismissive, abusive and deeply disturbed, while it normalizes said behavior with every tick of the clock, with every creepy Tweet that is allowed to be published, every breath that the mentally ill leader takes. Then there is the 400 years of cruelty and abuse, made increasingly transparent but no less deadly by the judicial efforts to address the issues without any genuine culpability or sincere attempt at reparations, not even an apology. At least Obama finally apologized to the Native Americans for that genocide. US racial and social policy is like the allopathic practice of treating the symptoms of cancer by offering a pain killer while doing nothing to eradicate the malignant cell growth.
I cry out for Racial Detente! A demand for presence at the table of the inept, oblivious, greedy, and cruel powerful white men and the sea of brown faces of every size, shape, gender, socioeconomic and political group. I cry out for an admission of responsibility, a willingness to self reflect to change the practices that perpetuate modern day slavery by economic and social policy.
The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth
This is the part about the meek inheriting the earth. When a group of people have been marginalized, disenfranchised and abused for centuries and ........... still survive, still thrive, there is an unstoppable power seeded deep within every individual who faces that oppression daily. In the place of divinity, that is the one mind, each one knows the truth, it may be fleeting and criss cross the veil of consciousness, but in the gut the truth is known that the warrior resides in all of us and love is the most powerful force on earth.
“Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.”Pema Chodron
The only way through this is to trust in God and tie up our camels. The power of LOVE is so much stronger than anything else. It is time to come together as ONE FORCE! Use the power of your words, practice peace within your own heart, exercise your right to vote, boycott, talk to each other, figure out what candidates have the ability to make the changes and let us get started. There is so much to do. We cannot overhaul a system if we let them stand on our necks another day. ENOUGH!!!!!!
Listen without judgement.
Support without attachment.
Give without expectation.
Cry without regret.
Let go without fear.
Love without reservation.
Live in peace.
When someone we love dies, or we lose a friendship, relationship, pet, or marriage. we are face to face with what is, and we have no choice but to let go before we are ready. It is the awareness of the greatest loss of control. The cold hard reality of loss has occurred and presents evidence of our absolute powerlessness. After the shock wears off we enter the altered state of grief. The act of grieving is a powerful time, a time to do deep and powerful work. It allows us to time travel, to go back to the times with the lost one and to recall minute detail from the past, as if we are there again. I believe that we have this power during our grieving so that our hearts, minds and bodies can continue to hold on until we are ready, until we are able to accept the loss in our hearts and finally let go and move into acceptance on the material plane. Grief is a friend and a teacher, a space that allows us to understand our powerlessness and to hang on to the details of the connection in our minds and hearts until we can let go with acceptance and peace. It can take a while so we must be easy with ourselves and those who are in the hallway of grief. It is not something to be understood or dissected, only allowed, only a state to walked through. There is no other way.
July 17, 2015
Happy Holidays my beautiful family,
I wish we could all be together to share the celebration, but alas life has cast us all to the wind and scattered are we over the country. I tried to get into Christmas this year, some of you know that Christmas is just not my thing, I like to just get through the season and move on to the New Year quickly. Not that I don’t celebrate light and express gratitude to the trees that give us light, heat and shelter, or praise the birth of Christ, which I think of as the perfect connection to God in each of us. The Christ within, Bodhisattva, or our true and perfect souls. Not to mention that I love Santa too, I have always been partial to men that are bears and Santa is definitely a bear. I think it is great for all the kids, and if you have a family then, how fun is that. I tried to start early and be thoughtful and find something that would be meaningful. I went to the mall and was immediately and completely overwhelmed with THANGS of all kinds.
I had to pull back and go home, I can last about 15 minutes in the mall, the smell, the lights, the people, eeek. Shopping is not my thing. I had read about Heifer International, so I went home and looked at their catalog of giving. What jumped out at me was the option to purchase an organic vegetable garden for a family that needs a leg up. Our dad was an amazing organic gardener and I think he would have heartily approved of my selection. I thought about how blessed each of us is just to live in the USA, how very fortunate we are to have each other, even splintered and scattered about. I thought about all the blessings in my life and how much I get to enjoy every day. With all of that in mind I bought each of our family lines an organic garden that will go to a family who aren't as materially fortunate as we, although I will bet that their lives are much less complicated, very connected to the earth and each other. Just for the hell of it I also threw in a beehive.
I am sending you all much love, light and appreciation.