As a part of my 40 days of sadhana and prayers for peace, I’m reading the Bhagavad Gita daily and remembering that the great yogi and social justice warrior Arjun listened to his highest Self, Krishna, and took action for peace, justice, and oneness – when he had to.
In the past few weeks, I’ve started to re-examine my own concepts of conflict and peace, along with how they’re expressed internally, relationally, professionally and also on the greater human family level.
It’s been uncomfortable. I have work to do.
We have work to do.
What can we do right now, dear, peace-loving Yogi?
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- 💸 DONATE to Humanitarian Aid Coalition (Canada)
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- 📖 GET EDUCATED about human rights, privilege, power and social justice
- 💻 EMAIL/CALL your local and federal MP for ceasesfire
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- 👯 BE AN ALLY, accomplice and co-conspirator
- 💞CONNECT with other peace-promoting activists, accounts, organizations and journalists
- 💌 SHARE your belief in human rights, peace and oneness
- 🎧 LISTEN to last week’s episode of A Curious Yogi with social justice activist Tejal Patel
With pain in my heart, I’ve been watching the atrocities inflicted on the children and people of Palestine and the fear rising within the Jewish and Muslim diaspora communities worldwide.
The disturbing polarized divides.
It has triggered a curiosity to learn more about the ongoing conflicts in Sudan and Congo. I’ve tried to understand what the millions of women and children affected by the human rights crises in Afghanistan and Yemen are going through. I’ve considered my ancestral part in the systemic oppression of the First Nations People of Canada. I’ve followed the global conflict tracker to try to make sense of the human impact for the 32 countries currently in conflict.
And I’m beginning to see that there is no sense in any situation rooted in duality, especially those in which children, women and human beings are being denied their fundamental human rights.
And when we can’t make sense of things, it brings confusion, just like Arjun felt on the battlefield, fighting for the liberation of his people.
But, if you’re reading this, you’re a peace-loving being who is attracted to Oneness – with a great power in yourself.
And just like Arjun, we sometimes need a gentle nudge to remember that;
Oneness means Love,
Oneness means Freedom,
Oneness means Action.
Speaking ‘up’ and taking action for peace might mean standing ‘out’ from the crowd.
And it might feel uncomfortable rubbed up against our privilege and ego.
This discomfort is a resounding nod to the tremendous inner and outer transformation possible when we step beyond our egos and work towards oneness in all ways possible.
I love this beautiful quote shared with me by one of my mentors Niki Myers of Y12SR;
“If you’ve come here to save me, you’re wasting your time. If you’ve come here because your liberation is bound with mine, let us work together.” – Lila Watson, an Aboriginal Activist
So please scroll up and take action for peace now Great Yogi ✊