In the wake of the racist, nationalist, white supremacist marches in Charlottesville, we are once again called to unite against hate, violence, and domestic terrorism.
Being “contemplative” does not mean we must be quiet, solitary or removed from worldly concerns. Contemplative practices support our efforts to build communities that honor and harbor love and justice; they are vital sources of strength, inspiration, and resilience to help us come together. They can help us expand our ability to see and understand others’ suffering, and begin to heal our wounds. Supported by the wisdom and inspiration we touch through reflection and contemplation, we must find courage to speak up and face unpleasant truths; act to deepen our understanding of historic and present-day suffering; see more clearly the resulting systems and institutions that cause so much harm; and envision and build, together, a future of freedom and caring for all.
We mourn the victims of this most recent violence. We stand (and sit, and work) in solidarity with those who make manifest a bold vision of a world free from fear, where the loudest voice is one of love.
To find a local vigil or anti-racism rally near you, try searching on indivisibleguide.com.
(Photo by Fibonacci Blue from Minnesota, USA (Charlottesville solidarity vigil) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)