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There has been quite a bit of turmoil in the world lately.  I really haven’t been able to look away.  And not looking away has been slowly breaking me down and making me want to throw my shields up to hide.  With senseless deaths all over the news, bombings, violence, and absolute disrespect happening everywhere it seems, I’ve begun to take my shielding precautions  without actually shielding myself.

I practiced yesterday with two of my best friends on this planet.  The thought of “how do I/we get my/our spark(s) to outshine the hate?” kept coming up.  I unfortunately don’t have an answer yet.  But I feel it about to happen.  Because I was with both AD and CR in spirit, surrounded by their laughs, their joy, and their hope.  Combine that with mine and we can take on the world.

I had an email discussion with one of my nieces today.  What started quite frankly as two people on opposite sides of the street concluded with two people meeting at the intersection.  Both of us have a sense of dismay for what’s happening around us, neither of us has a straight up answer, but we’re neither one willing to give up hope.

As I did my daily practice today, I’ve been taking advantage of the amazing weather in DC and practicing on my building rooftop.  Today, while sirens were sounding around the city and as I began my sun salutations, John Lennon’s song “Imagine” came on.  It was surreal.  Here I was, in the middle of a city, with city life happening all around, and a song about hope came on my shuffle.

Imagine.  A world where we actually respect each other.  A world where I see you, you see me, and we neither look away.  I’m feeling incredibly saddened by events across the globe but as the saying goes “Think globally, act locally.”  So I shall.  I’m avoiding negative headlined news stories; I won’t click on the stories of violence and hate – this is not to say I’m ignoring, it’s saying I’m sick and fucking tired about reading about them; I’m looking for connections with other people – real, authentic connection.  Where we allow our humanity out and show our true vulnerabilities, also known as being strong.  Who’s with me?

“You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one”  John Lennon.