Throughout the history of human kind there have been many variant stages of ignorance and oppression that human beings have shone light on and risen above, or evolved out of. During the 1960’s in the United States of America, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and thousands of other people of many racial backgrounds, stood up against the oppressive and rigid belief structures and social agreements that segregated peoples opportunity’s for education, economic wellbeing, and most basic human rights. The steadfast courage displayed by Dr. King and his many co-conspirators echoed then, and continues to echo now throughout the hearts and minds of men and women as a stand for justice in the face of injustice, a stand for equality in the face of inequality, and a stand for freedom in the face of oppression. Movements such as the civil rights movement, the factory rights movement, and the women’s suffrage movements are an integral part of the evolution of human kind and social standards in the United States, and yet, without the remarkable paradox that creates the cauldron in which the ingredients are stewed, no such transformation would ever take place. Without the oppression that propelled the civil rights movement we would not celebrate the victories won in the rise of justice over injustice, nor would we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on this coming Monday. Without the many variant stages of ignorance, oppression, and cruelty humans and nature have displayed over the continued years of evolution, there would be no need for such new space to evolve into. The challenges to overcome, and the poor behavior patterns to outgrow, are a built in part of the system of natures ever evolving intelligence; they are a part of the feedback loop. Individually, just like the collective, we each daily have the opportunity to face ourselves and the aspects of ourselves that can be adjusted to allow for more freedom and space, or ignored, propelling our own ignorance and or disservices to ourselves and others. All things change, there is no way around that, so to get caught in any belief structure or web of idealism that says there is only one way and this is it, can ultimately be a disservice. Yet, to constantly be seeking change can be just as harmful, as it can leave one in a state of constant grasping, and constant dissatisfaction with what is. It is therefore to our advantage to seek the highest and stay in pursuit of that, which serves. Just as the fighters in the great movements of human evolution have done, focus on that which you wish to see transformed and attend to that daily with consistency. Overtime, positive results will be seen. This same kind of constancy in any personal pursuits of transformation, whether it be adjusting ones tendency to be quick to anger, or taking on a physical discipline with the desire to improve ones fitness and health, attended to daily, can and will over time affect positively all aspects of your life. Taking a bigger perspective of the places in our lives that can evolve and be transformed into more positive and beautiful awareness and being, serves us, even in the paradoxical knowing, that they too will change.
Seeing the bigger picture, setting goals, being focused and disciplined in our pursuits while being present in our hearts in the process allows the space for missteps, failure, disagreement, frustrations, to be met with acceptance of where you are along the journey to where you are going. The more practiced we become at being present in our hearts in this way, the more able we become to forgive ourselves the nature of our beings that brought us to this precipice of change, and transform the hurts and pains into the greatest opportunities. This is why the challenges are built into the feedback loop, so we can rise above, and from the mountain top look back over our journeys and see how far we have come, how strong we have been, and how resilient, capable, spacious, and beautiful we all are.
Yoga, activism, meditation, personal relationships, all can guide us into a deeper knowing of ourselves, and a deeper connection made from that knowing to the similarity between ourselves and the whole universe, gleaning the satisfaction of great peace in the opportunity to just be embodied and on the journey.
On the eve of his assassination, in the last paragraph of the last speech Dr. King ever gave, he said;
“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy tonight. I not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
The challenge leads to sastisfaction. Nature invites evolution. All things change. What you give is what you get. Honor your intrinsic good, honor your courage to stand for justice, honor your inante compassion.
Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Happy Rise Above Adversity Day. Happy Day To Have The Opportunity As You Are Alive.
With Love, Always, in All Ways, For Giving, In Joy.