I'm sure that many of you are feeling equally disappointed by the violence across the nation and beyond. I practice radical acceptance of what is, but find myself struggling to accept the aggressive and violent side of humanity. After gatherings meant to be peaceful protests turned into violent riots, many are left feeling uncertain of what they can do to help without putting themselves in harms way.
I feel strongly that the best we can do for now is to focus on self care which includes educating ourselves to help eliminate ignorance. We will not be equipped to avoid more rioting until we find a pathway to progress and social justice. To find this path, we must take time to understand how our ignorance contributes to the problem. We need to educate ourselves and find ways to organize rallies, not riots. We have to find constructive ways to use our voices and our pens to end the repetitive cycle of discrimination, oppression and harm.
The image above is a suggested reading list to better understand the situation we are in from perspectives other then our own to give us a better chance of building a future with more understanding, compassion, peace and justice for all.
While it's important to know what's going on in the world in the present and in the past so we can build a better future, it's paramount to first understand what is going on in your own mind, body and spirit. I noticed my own anxiety starting to shelter my heart with fear which disconnected me from my own true nature and created unwanted distance from my loved ones. I am choosing to open my heart again and again and increase my awareness with yoga and meditation to feel more deeply connected to the areas of myself and the areas of all humanity which feel more challenging to accept. I hope you will keep your heart open through all of the discomfort and uncertainty and will continue to take good care of yourself and those around you.
Below you will find the transcript and a video link to watch Dr. King's speech: "The Other America." It was given in 1967 and it's time we revisit his powerful words so they are not forgotten.
with love and care,
"Let me say as I've always said, and I will always continue to say, that riots are socially destructive and self-defeating. I'm still convinced that nonviolence is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom and justice. I feel that violence will only create more social problems than they will solve. That in a real sense it is impracticable for the Negro to even think of mounting a violent revolution in the United States. So I will continue to condemn riots, and continue to say to my brothers and sisters that this is not the way. And continue to affirm that there is another way.
But at the same time, it is as necessary for me to be as vigorous in condemning the conditions which cause persons to feel that they must engage in riotous activities as it is for me to condemn riots. I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity. And so in a real sense our nation's summers of riots are caused by our nation's winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again. Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention."
-Martin Luther King Jr.