Love (as a verb): A Revolutionary Activity.
Martin Luther King, Jr. famously stated that
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
This week, as we celebrate the life and work of Dr. King, I invite us to create a daily activity together. How can we carry on his legacy by practicing service to others, and working toward justice for all? With actively loving, as best we can, with what we have, from where we are. In a world that is unstable, fueled by fear, alienation from one another, and constant other-ing, layered by profound injustice at so many levels, choosing to love is quite revolutionary.
A yoga instructor recently lead a class by discussing how loving ourselves is the quiet revolution. I thought that was lovely. As someone who passionately works to highlight the we in wellness, the relational-ness of our human existence, I thought about two more to add to the quiet revolution:
I love me = the quiet revolution
I love you = the spoken revolution
We love us = the transformational revolution
If we are going to create new ways of living together, I think all three are needed as an active practice with each other. Join me, revolutionaries let’s see where love can take us anew. Happy MLK week, Happy New Year. I love you.