Friday Frustration: Why Can't We Do Better?
We at Daring Spirits feel compelled to speak up and out about the events of this past week, specifically about the losses in our country. In the midst of sadness and frustration, we raise a challenge, a call to action, to do better.
Let's do better, individually and as a collective.
Here we are at the end of another week, with another page in the catalog of Americans killed for little more than the color of their skin.
And then, Dallas.
I find it painful to sit in neutrality with the current state of our nation. There is a pervasive divisiveness that feeds chaos, and it is in chaos where good people take leave of their senses and lose sight of the humanity of others.
Systemic racism and violence, and our societal acceptance of such, are not new. What's new is the fact that we can now stream these atrocities on our cell phones in nearly real time. And yet, even that is not enough to put an end to them.
Maya Angelou famously said, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
Sadly, we (white Americans) used to think that people of color were not human. That they were inferior. (Yes, I know it's a broad generalization, not every single white American thought/thinks that - save your outrage, reasonable people, I see you). There can be no denying it, we know better now. So why can't we do better?
We hold our fellow people of all colors in our hearts and send healing energy out into the world. We validate and love the human-shaped arrangements of atoms with whom we share this time and space, regardless of the aesthetics of those arrangements.
Why can't we do better? I propose we CAN do better and add that we HAVE to do better.
If you have not heard the call yet, hear it now: we have to love more, accept more, and trust more. We must react less. The time is not tomorrow, or next week, the time is now. We are standing on a the edge of an opportunity to change history and it starts right here, with me, with you. It begins with each of us consciously choosing to see, to open our eyes, and then operating from a place of love and acceptance.
Dare to be part of the healing. Be in present time. End the cycle. Choose love.
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pps - Meditation is a way to heal the world. When you sit in your space, in your truth, you make space for others to do the same. Check out our Choose Love meditation (our gift to you) and help heal the world one meditation at a time.