There have been days in my life, where I literally walked through my world sending love to everyone I saw. It didn't matter their appearance, actions, or role in my life. I'd see the man collecting cans on the street and imagine golden light shooting straight from my heart to his. I imagined him happy, warm, safe and abundant. I'd make eye contact with the grocery store clerk, smile and ask them about their life. The grumpy neighbor... yep, even them. If I could hand them all a million dollars, those days, I would. That's when I'm living my best life. Laugh if you can't imagine it, but try it, too.
This morning's practice is all about doing just this. Despite the apparent racism, micro aggressions, the clear polarities... when we take a deep breath in and allow ourselves to love, it feels good. There are days when I want to feel the heartache of racism so I can voice that heart ache. Many people need us to do this. I need to do this. My best friends and family are affected by racism, after all.
And then there are some days we just need to feel better. We want to, "Be the change we wish to see" as Gandhi would say.
Without both the open disgust for hatred, the condemning of abuse and oppression and this willingness to send love, I worry, we will continuously turn in one place.
An openness on both sides of the street might affect change. As I walk through my neighborhood, I am sure there maybe people who are quietly judging me for a variety of reasons, of note- the fact that I am married to a woman. This is not the same as the experience a black man would possibly have walking through the same neighborhood, but it's as close as I can get in my shoes. I imagine that if I am willing to open up my heart and assume positive opportunities for me, I have to allow hope that the same can be returned to me. In this same way, I hope we can all open up to all people who are different from us- be it in appearance, ethnicity, political view, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other innate human "label".
Gabby Bernstein suggests that we sit quietly in a comfortable meditation space, that we allow our various relationships to surface and that we challenge ourselves to list the ones that are the most difficult. Then, we look at that list and imagine sending light and love, happiness to each person- thanking them for the role their relationship plays in our life. The challenge of loving someone who is different or causes us discomfort is truly a noble task.
Love yourself today.
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