Today is the final day of life as we know it in America. I'm truly saddened to see President Obama leave the White House. He is a man of decency, dignity, hope, and honor, deserving of respect, along with First Lady Michelle Obama. Our country was blessed with his leadership.
In preparation for the Women's March on DC and the rallies around the country, local organizers sponsored presentations on Martin Luther King Jr.'s Six Principles of Nonviolence, built on Gandhi's principles of nonviolent resistance. I'm so glad I attended. The large group, mostly women, openly shared their sorrows, fears, concerns, and hopes for the future.
I wholeheartedly aspire to these principles, but know they will be difficult to achieve with all the emotion tied up in current events. I'm not a physically violent person, but I have a difficult time with #5, avoiding 'internal violence'. Internal violence is the most common form of violence, and includes attitude, body language, and verbal expression. I know that on Facebook I often make snarky remarks about certain politicians...will have to try and curb that,which also ties in with #2 (The Beloved Community is the goal) and #3 (defeat forces of evil and injustice, not people).
I love the concept of the Beloved Community, which basically includes every human being, plus Mother Earth and all of nature. Over the past year I've added yoga practice to my exercise routine, not for the philosophical side, though that may be worth examining, but for improving balance and flexibility. (It has!) At the conclusion of each practice you hold your hands in prayer position and say Namaste- 'The divine in me recognizes the divine in you'. I reflect on this every time, thinking how terribly difficult it is to see the divine in someone whose ideas may be so contrary to what you believe. I realized that Namaste and the Beloved Community are the same, and I need to acknowledge and practice their truth.
So in the last two days before Saturday's rally in Providence, I'll finish knitting Pussyhat #20, and make myself a sandwich board sign with positive messages. That's what the Marches are about- positivity, equality, justice, unity, peace...Namaste.