When in flight, literally on a trip, we may experience turbulence. It may bring you to a panic thinking the worst is ahead, it may also be an opportunity to take some deep breaths and realize that it is temporary and destiny will define the moment. Have you ever felt frightened or threatened by something or someone? How do you handle it?
Maybe you go head on, fight back, Turning Tables and proving your point until you are tired of hearing yourself, or maybe you have actually convinced yourself that more important than being happy is being right. Well, I prefer the opposite, being happy shines over the argument of being right. Standing for peace is powerful. You see, sometimes reasoning for some is not a skill and you would hope that it was easier than that, but people have their own definition and sensibilities and typically have persuaded themselves that theirs is the only way.
While growing up a few decades ago, language usage was different and what was acceptable is not the case these days, and some of it is life enhancing. We have improved how we communicate in some areas of life pertaining to respect towards one another in regards to gender and equity. In fact Title IX has a 40th birthday this June! In some areas, it feels grey and well classic gender roles prevail. Around ethnicity or race, sexual orientation, socieo economic differences, religious and non-religious beliefs, there is always room for knowledge and more times than not these discussions can turn volatile and discomforting for some. On the other hand, know that there can be kind, sensitive and eye-opening dialogue around these universal issues that have the ability to unite us if we allow for courage to lead our hearts.
We have come to a place in time (depending on where you dwell) where we can further talk about subjects, which were once taboo or kept silent. In the subject of bullying today, we seem to be making strides, although vigilance seems to be the only constant that can deal with this turmoil amongst our adolescents.
Organizations like, PFLAG, ADL, Girl Effect, The Enough Foundation, the newly launched Born this Way Foundation activists and performers like Sweet Honey in the Rock and Eve Ensler have awakened to the minds of many. Educating our youth and each other is vital in minimizing the damaging effects of the perpetrators that chastise, ridicule, belittle and mock others because of differences, beliefs, love interests, soceio-economics, language, skin tone and the list goes on. Sometimes the bully is just miserable in their own shell and may need as much attention as the victim they have harmed.
If you are in Boston this weekend head over to Boston University Dance Theatre, witness a premiere event performed by Cambridge Youth Dance Program representing an authentic rendition of what is happening in schools and in the social life of our young people. Bridges. Not Walls. opens Saturday, April 28 at 8pm, with a second show Sunday, April 29th at 2pm. Witness artistic expression through dance around the very relevant topic of bullying in society today.
Yoga has the ability to help each of us become more comfortable in our own skin, think about ways you might come to your mat to deal with your self discomforts and how you may deal with things in a healthier manner than just putting your baggage on others. Yoga practice will help and maybe there is another type of practice that may fulfill the need for you in order to create a more peaceful and loving universe. Be here for yourself and then you can be here for others. Allow for healing and building bridges through courage, peace, love, community, equality, respect and integrity.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.(Marianne Williamson)