“The growing number of gated communities in our nation is but one example of the obsession with safety. With guards at the gate, individuals still have bars and elaborate internal security systems. Americans spend more than thirty billion dollars a year on security. When I have stayed with friends in these communities and inquired as to whether all the security is in response to an actual danger I am told “not really,” that it is the fear of threat rather than a real threat that is the catalyst for an obsession with safety that borders on madness.
Culturally we bear witness to this madness every day. We can all tell endless stories of how it makes itself known in everyday life. For example, an adult white male answers the door when a young Asian male rings the bell. We live in a culture where without responding to any gesture of aggression or hostility on the part of the stranger, who is simply lost and trying to find the correct address, the white male shoots him, believing he is protecting his life and his property. This is an everyday example of madness. The person who is really the threat here is the home owner who has been so well socialized by the thinking of white supremacy, of capitalism, of patriarchy that he can no longer respond rationally.
White supremacy has taught him that all people of color are threats irrespective of their behavior. Capitalism has taught him that, at all costs, his property can and must be protected. Patriarchy has taught him that his masculinity has to be proved by the willingness to conquer fear through aggression; that it would be unmanly to ask questions before taking action. Mass media then brings us the news of this in a newspeak manner that sounds almost jocular and celebratory, as though no tragedy has happened, as though the sacrifice of a young life was necessary to uphold property values and white patriarchal honor. Viewers are encouraged feel sympathy for the white male home owner who made a mistake. The fact that this mistake led to the violent death of an innocent young man does not register; the narrative is worded in a manner that encourages viewers to identify with the one who made the mistake by doing what we are led to feel we might all do to “protect our property at all costs from any sense of perceived threat. ” This is what the worship of death looks like.”
— bell hooks, All About Love, p. 194-195 (via playsuits)
@Nico_Le_Empower: What matters to you? What you do for a living or Who you are while you are doing whatever it is you do?
The breath provides a powerful lesson on letting go: When you hold your breath at some point you must exhale. The body will force you to let go of the stagnant air/energy in order to bring in fresh air/energy.
Just as you cannot hold on to each breath and live a full healthy life, you cannot hold on to each emotion and live a full healthy life…
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I’ve witnessed my brother profiled and harassed by the police.
I’ve witnessed white women clutch their purses in fear of my brother.
I’ve witnessed my brother yell out in anger at the constant microagressions due to his mere existence.
He’s no longer here in this realm but I see this case and I can’t help the memories that surface…of him and his experiences…of my experiences…
I’ve been threatened for being Black.
I’ve been threatened for being a Woman.
I’ve been threatened for not being Straight.
I’ve been threatened for not being Christian.
Some times I feel like I’m going crazy…And shit like this case is just another big slap in the face.
I’m angry that we are never going to be viewed as human beings that have a right to live. That we are deemed expendable.
My tears/emotions are a mix of so much…
We cry. We march. We fucking pray. We fight and still…still…
What else can we do?
Maybe we need to really do by any means necessary.
Cause what else?
We ain’t got no cheeks left to turn.
Our feet are fucking tired of marching…
"This is really hard, I can’t don’t this", "I don’t want to do this", "When is this going to be over?", "Everyone else can do it, why can’t I?", "This hurts, I don’t want to keep holding it", "I’m the worse at this"…
When certain poses/postures in your practice of yoga challenge you, what recording starts to play in your head?
The same default mind that comes up during your practice is the same default mind that you carry with you into every challenging situation in life…
The Law of Giving and Receiving
The Law of Giving and Receiving: The universe operates through dynamic exchange – giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.
I will put the Law of Giving into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:
- Wherever I go, and whoever I encounter, I will bring them a gift. The gift may be a compliment, a flower, or a prayer. Today, I will give something to everyone I come into contact with, and so I will begin the process of circulating joy, wealth and affluence in my life and in the lives of others.
- Today I will gratefully receive all the gifts that life has to offer me. I will receive the gifts of nature: sunlight and the sound of birds singing, or spring showers or the first snow of winter. I will also be open to receiving from others, whether it be in the form of a material gift, money, a compliment or a prayer.
- I will make a commitment to keep wealth circulating in my life by giving and receiving life’s most precious gifts: the gifts of caring, affection, appreciation and love. Each time I meet someone, I will silently wish them happiness, joy and laughter. — Deepak Chopra
"The spiritual meaning of love is measured by what it can do. Love is meant to heal. Love is meant to renew. Love is meant to bring us closer to God." — Deepak Chopra