If you’re off today, I hope you REALLY enjoy your time, but I also hope that you take a few moments to recall why we have this day off.
I just got the following gchat from Jay, who IS at work. Bummer.
Jay: Good Morning Lovah and Happy MLK Day! Here’s to peace, love, & acceptance.
Yep. That, pretty much. We need a lot more of that, don’t you think? I’ve been working hard recently at practicing what I preach in yoga, which I fail at approximately 90% of the time. But it’s PRACTICE, not perfection.
So here’s what I think we need to consider today:
Peace. Let it begin with me, like the song. Sometimes we get SO inside our own heads and just rattle through life all willy-nilly, not really knowing what we’re doing or why but doing so LOUDLY and with all the gusto we can possibly muster. It’s my opinion that if we all slowed down and REALLY let ourselves feel peace before we acted on things that the world would be a much more gentle place.
Love. Easy. Love is simple. Love isn’t judgement or lust, or adoration, it’s really quiet and calm and simple. Love isn’t making hard choices about relationships and all that, that’s LIFE. Love is very easy at the core of it. Being loving towards ourselves and others is a softer, more gentle way to exist.
Acceptance. That’s what started it all, right? People fighting for equality, for the right to be peaceful and loving just like everyone else. I think that we focus on social inequality plenty on this blog, and we do so because it’s really important. Color shouldn’t be a factor, being gay ain’t no thang, you know how I feel on those matters. But then there is harder acceptance, TRULY accepting people for who they are. Are you one who is all “she just has a personality that I don’t like….he looked at me funny…definitely a douche…” or whatever silliness comes out of your mouth? That’s not accepting, it’s judging. That doesn’t mean that we have to like everyone, but we are CERTAINLY capable of starting with peace, moving to love, and ending with acceptance of ourselves and others with out so much effing criticism or judgement. It’s usually counterproductive anyway, don’t you think?
Try it. You’ll love it.
And I love you. 🙂