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Breathe... Listen... Love... Repeat...

Updated: Jun 6

I have been in the process of "running away" from the current state of the world and even from myself. I realized that the timing was actually a blessing. I had this epiphany the other day that I am not confrontational. If you met me and didn't know me, I am a fiery, yes, but those closest to me know that what a stranger may mistake as brash, is purely just spirit.


Am I passionate? Yes. Outspoken? Sometimes. Impatient? Absolutely, I'm an Aries! But confrontational? I abhor conflict, quarrels and confrontation. I prefer peace, I just want everyone to get along. I have always wanted everyone to just get along. In the process of finding and learning to use my voice, everything in my spirit is telling me NOT speak out in the way the world is doing right now. It is not that I don't have anything to say about this current state of affairs but it is time for sussing things out before blurting them out.


Of all temperamental people in the world, I know that it is truly time to stop. Breathe. Pause. Listen. That is how we will find the LOVE to truly begin the healing process.


BREATHE. We are in a volatile time of only reacting and in these moments of complete reaction, we are losing our sense of logic and rationale. Trust me, I know because being a fire sign my entire life, I can't help but react most of the time. But we HAVE to stop reacting in order to find a solution. We have to move on from being the protesters to becoming the problem solvers and the healers.


In the course of my inward journey to find my highest self, my meditation practice has been an instrumental tool to seek enlightenment and awareness. I have had many discoveries and inspirations. One of the most powerful visions was the realization that even a "peaceful protest" is not the answer.


The reason is because it is a "protest." Protest. The meaning in the dictionary is: a statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something. Resistance only creates more resistance. Violence only begets more violence. It is the Law of Attraction. What we put our attention to, grows. Yes. Enough is enough! But this old way of acting is clearly not working.


Mother Teresa once said, “I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there.”


There is already enough confrontation and war out there. We have a "war" on drugs, a "war" against drunk drivers and now we have our protests. This is just another confrontation and resistance against something we are focussing our energy on.


We have to stop protesting and speaking against what is happening and we must begin to truly LISTEN to each other. Of course we are still allowed to be passionate and have our viewpoints. The thing is that no one can hear each other any more because the world is screaming at the top of its lungs. One can only truly listen and be heard when there is silence. No one feels heard anymore, so we shout and scream and protest.


Everyone believes they have to speak up and speak out. The problem with this is that it just give people free license to say anything.


We can no longer just say anything.


We must be impeccable with our word because we are on the brink of disaster.


The spread of racism is taught by speaking poison to innocent minds. What do you do when you are poisoned? You need to take the anti-venom. The anti-venom to hate is LOVE. The opposite of the hate spewed words that divide us is going to have to be a LOVE-filled language.


I am not saying that we must censor ourselves. What I am saying is that words have such great power and can do so much harm. In the same way a child's life can literally be destroyed if the wrong words are said and imprinted on them at any stage of their life. The right words of encouragement will make them invincible and they will be able to conquer anything that life throws at them.


Words to heal, nurture, unite. What we say we can use to heal the world if we can find the words. Evolve our language and wording.


Instead of a silent protest, what about a sit in for peace? Sit and be still for hope. Stand for unity and healing. Use the strength of silence for justice.


In order to heal, we have to find LOVE and in order to do that we have to stop and listen. No more screaming, yelling and reacting... It is time to find the LOVE.


Love must be taught and spread. Tolerance must be taught and spread. Respect must be taught and spread.


I have begun listening, truly, sincerely. I am reminding myself to breathe. I am doing my absolute best. I make mistakes. I am human but I am determined. I will continue to try my hardest. I will get back up if I fall. I promise to do my best. I promise to breathe. I promise to listen. I promise to love. I promised to breathe some more. I promise to give gratitude and thanks for those with opposite viewpoints from myself to feel comfortable enough to share their true feelings with me. I promise to love again.


Let us breathe together. Let us be one. Let us listen to each other. Let us love each other.


We are the same you and I. We are one. You are me. I am you. We are love. It is time...


Breathe... Listen... Love... Repeat...

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