Be a Peaceful Warrior

Peaceful Warrior
Peaceful Warrior Pose (Shanti Virabhadrasana): facing life’s challenges with strength, balance, and an open heart.

I woke up today feeling a heavy sadness in the wake of the horrific shootings¬†murders of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the Dallas police officers who were shot while on duty protecting peaceful protesters. If you haven’t watched the shocking video that Mr.Castile’s girlfriend recorded on her phone while sitting in the car next to his wounded body (her four-year-old daughter in the back seat), you need to. The unfair treatment of black people by police is real, unacceptable, and must be stopped. All of the victims, black and white, have families who need them, love them, and will miss them. ¬†All of their lives mattered.

We cannot continue to turn a blind eye, make excuses, or live in denial of the pervasive racism and violence in our country. Each one of us must do something to enact change in both our words and actions: speak out against racism and violence, choose compassion, spread love not hate. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by a problem so odious and huge, to think that your one voice won’t make a difference, but it will. I have to believe that we can make a difference together. When you are feeling helpless, reach out to others. Take action.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” –Mother Theresa

I am committed to being a peaceful warrior, doing everything I can, in my heart and in my actions, at work, at home and on this blog, to spread love and compassion with the hope that this world can be a better place.

I’m praying for us all to unite as peaceful warriors, united with strength and an open hearts against hate and violence.

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