Now that I look back, I knew something was wrong. Maybe I was living in a bubble, thinking that the world was getting more beautiful and peace-filled everyday. But now I realize that deep inside, I knew something was going on. And it wasn’t good.
I thought that the random social media post ranting about “taking our jobs” was just that of a resentful relative; that all of the denigrating photos of a woman politician was just some macho guy blowing off. Then when a political candidate starting talking about walls, swamps, and pigs, I thought that surely no one could take that person seriously.
I was wrong. I was wrong about them. And I was wrong not to listen to that cringing feeling in my belly. I was wrong to sit there and allow things like dignity, human rights, freedom, and respect to be crushed like a cigarette butt in an ashtray.
But I’m awake now. Oh, I am so awake now.
I’m awake and I see that now more than ever is the time to stand for truth: truth that is universal, that we all know in our hearts if we could just clear out the mind chatter, the doubts about ourselves and fears of one another that have been systematically fed to us over the past years.
I’m awake and I see that I have much to be thankful for. I live in a beautiful house with all my needs met. I have a loving partner of 15 years. I live a creative and full life, writing, speaking, and creating and playing music. But my eyes have been opened to see that the freedom I enjoy is being methodically eroded and could be at risk because of my beliefs and lifestyle.
I’m awake and I see that I’m actually quite privileged and that others are facing oppression, bigotry, attacks and deportation and many are fighting for the lives and safety. But we are all one human family. We are all intrinsically connected and when one of us suffers, we all suffer. Not showing up for them is the same as not showing up for myself. Love is universal. It is unconditional. Love might be easier to feel while sitting in your meditation chair in your quiet extra bedroom. But love is an energy that must be expressed. Love takes action.
So, I’m ready to take action. And I do it while standing on a firm foundation of love: love for myself, love for all life, and love for this beautiful world in which we live.
Are you awake? Are you ready to take action? If so, join me and stand for love.