please feed your spirit with this song, it’s words, the voice of the singer/sharer.
have hope, abide and draw from love, and engage.
thank you to the incredible @theinterdependenceproject for sharing this.
also friends – PLEASE visit my link https://linktr.ee/jaysenwaller where you’ll find an incredible Google Doc that updates every 5 minutes with info and resources. thanks to IDP for sharing this as well 💫
Posted @withregram • @theinterdependenceproject Hymn by @thebengsons, sing with us.
Thank you @peopletreewellness for singing and sharing.
the twilight moment has passed. the darkness is here.
today’s ruling is about power and control, about imposing minority personal and religious beliefs upon others. it isn’t about life, this isn’t a movement of love. if it were, it would include poverty, homelessness, healthcare, living wages, and education. it would include the life of the woman and her bodily autonomy, it would include the incarcerated, the life of the refugee, the life of the animals tortured in factory farming, species dying off due to climate change. it would be about war and profiting from war. many who call themselves “pro-life” would do well to take a step back and deeply contemplate what being “pro-life” really means.
it is also clear that this desire and obsession to control and impose doesn’t stop here. Judge Thomas’ concurrent statement clearly airs the intention of this and rulings to come. contraception, same-sex relationships and marriages, and perhaps more rights, are next.
it is important to recognize that today’s decision brings trauma and harm. my heart breaks in this dark time. my heart is with you today, my sisters, and all affected by today’s decision. my heart is with all of us filled with palpable concern, worry, and fear within LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities. i stand in solidarity with you, with us, and will stand, speak, and engage this day and in all the days to come.
we must not despair. the success of their cruelty depends on our loss of hope. we must hold the sadness and anger with the tenderness and fierceness of our love. we must put this love into action. that’s where hope lives, in the good and beneficial, tireless, persistent, fiercely compassionate work of people who refuse to stop loving.
let’s get out the vote. 80 million eligible voters sit out on elections. this year’s midterm elections are vital. also, let’s donate to organizations that assist in covering travel costs to those seeking safe abortion and reproductive care.
may open hearts and sane minds prevail in this time.
there’s been so much collective trauma these past few years with the pandemic, social unrest, rise in outward racism, attacks on democracy and education. it’s tough stuff. not to mention any of us who have experienced personal health crisis, loss, etc. it can be easy to just see the wounding, the destruction, the hurt, and lose sight of the healing and transformation that also takes place daily in individual lives and collectively.
we all will experience illness, loss, and eventually death. this is the course of life, the state of being in this world. however, we are alive NOW. we can experience and connect to life NOW. we can open ourselves to love NOW. we can have some level of mental, emotional, spiritual, and perhaps even physical healing NOW.
may we never lose sight of this. when we see harm and destruction, may we remind ourselves there is also healing. may we look to those who heal. may we be ones who bring healing. may we embody a state of wellbeing.
i offer this art of the Medicine Buddha as a reminder. there are practices that go along with this image if one is a Buddhist, but i simply encourage each of us to find the reminders of healing within each of our traditions and connect to the Source of healing that is beyond our traditions and interpretations. perhaps this image can be a reminder of just that – that healing and wellbeing are available, in this world, and within us.
wishing you all health and wellbeing.
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“Nonviolence is NOT sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
so much of violent speech and action comes from a place of fear and desperation. some of it also comes from greed and an obsession with power and often a fear of not staying in power. in both scenarios there is a basic ignorance of who we are and how we are interconnected and interdependent with the rest of life. in many ways violence is the lowest path and unevolved.
we are called to and capable of something better, something beneficial and in line with our humanity and the sacredness of life – we are called to and capable of love.
love is the most powerful and transformative force, bringing forth, propelling, and sustaining life. yet love chooses non-violence. love transforms hearts and minds. there is an opening, a flowering. this is something violence can never achieve. violence brings a tightening, a hardening. violence brings harm, destruction, and death.
may we choose wisely.
may our choices come from a place of sanity and open heartedness.
JUNETEENTH, also known as Freedom Day, originated in Galveston, Texas, when Union Army General Gordon Granger proclaimed by order the freedom of enslaved people in Texas. this was a 2 1/2 half years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.
ironically and sadly, here in 2022, some states including Texas are making it difficult if not illegal to teach this history due to racism based in ignorance and fear, in an effort to control a narrative fiction regarding US History.
in the spirit of JUNETEENTH and the divine truth that a free life devoid of oppression and subjugation is an inherent right for all, we must continue to inform with the truth of our history (all parts – bad and good) through political engagement, education, and art.
of note – the US Congress with President Biden signing into law on June 17, 2021, made JUNETEENTH a Federal Holiday.
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There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer… Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.
You’re all geniuses, and you’re all beautiful. You don’t need anyone to tell you who you are. You are what you are. Get out there and get peace, think peace, and live peace and breathe peace, and you’ll get it as soon as you like.
grateful to see some friends joined the #MarchForOurLives event today!
i was planning to attend as well, as i had 4 years ago in 2018, but was thrown a curveball this week when after two years, Covid finally visited the Waller house. all are doing well, most have gratefully evaded it so far. grateful for a weaker variant, vaccines and boosters, and therapeutics! feeling quite fortunate. have loved seeing some of the signs from the march. in a spirit of solidarity with March For Our Lives, the desperate need for sensible #GunReform, and with all those who participated today, i’m sharing some pics from my experience with the 2018 march.
may open hearts and sanity prevail.
may we rise above this crisis to choose life over guns of war. ~j