I don't know about you, but I'm feeling incredibly impacted by the recent deaths of Philandro Castile, Alton Sterling, the officers in Dallas, and the Orlando victims.
Oppression. Racism. Injustice.
These aren't pretty things to look at. I believe we were not born hating. Nor were we born to hate.
That being true, there's something terribly out of balance when hate grows inside a place so pure and sacred as a human heart.
One of the things I do when faced with deep challenges is to pray.
To connect with something bigger than me. To calm me down and help me know what to do.
This time, I'm choosing to share my prayer with you in the hopes that it helps you. We can pray it together.
I pray that you help us restore love in our hearts where there is hate. Where there is fear.
Let every living being feel that they belong and that they're loved. Let them see their own wholeness reflected to them in the loving eyes of their brothers and sisters.
Let people of color know in their bones that their lives matter both in their own communities AND to those who've never had to assert that their own lives matter because of the color of their skin.
Let every single one of them matter to me.
Give me the courage to face what is happening in my country and how we got here. The courage to stay present enough to feel all my feelings about the atrocities and the grace to understand my privilege.
Help me to feel empowered in the face of all the work there is to do. Please inspire me to start with my own heart.
Let me open to love so fully that I can't stay silent and ignore this problem. Show me what's mine to do here.
Use me. Show me my work to do on the inside. Show me my work to do on the outside.
And please, please. Let the killing stop. Let this revolution be real, swift, and strong. Let us re-align with love.
Thank you for hearing me. In deepest gratitude.
May it be so.
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