This week we celebrate Thanksgiving. And while the current events of today may show us many upsets, it is our choice how we respond or react. To truly attain world peace we must first achieve our own inward peace. Peace in our own skin. Peace in our minds. Peace in our hearts. Peace in our household. You get the picture. When I am truly at peace, I act much differently. I am not blaming others. I am not wallowing in regret. I am more inclined to take meaningful action in the world. I have more access to compassion and grace.
To get to that place of peace I begin with gratitude. I am thankful for this breath. I am thankful for my life REGARDLESS of the circumstances. I accept what has happened in my life and I let the past live in the past. I use today to write a bright new history going forward. As uncomfortable as it may be, I take responsibility with new action and apology. I forgive myself and others and commit to starting over. To some this might sound like defeat, but the way I see it is: WE’RE ALL CONNECTED. It’s going to take genuine compassionate leadership from many to lead by example and begin the fun clean up party.
On my vision board:
I envision armed forces on a battlefield getting orders from their higher-ups on both sides to disarm, walk forward, and shake the hand of the former enemy. And then all that muscle and power is used to rebuild what was destroyed.
I envision everyone driving to work laughing in their cars. Some crying tears of joy. Everyone waving at one another, happy in knowing their dreams will be realized. Happy in feeling they are cared for by the world community at large. Insurance companies are no longer withholding resources. All medicine is natural and affordable. Compassion is currency. Our spirits have woken up from the confines of attachment and we remember that we are free. We no longer just quote Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. We have become them.
On November 27, I’ll be in Fort Yates, ND to Stand in Solidarity with Standing Rock, performing a heart opening set in concert with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joel Rafael, and John Trudell’s band Bad Dog.
And on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, Cafe Gratitude will hosting a FREE Thanksgiving meal at our San Diego and Downtown LA locations from 11am – 3pm. Donations received will be given to Standing Rock. All are invited, we are one community. Besides, Thanksgiving originated as an opportunity to stand in solidarity with Natives. I am committed to making this country grateful again.
To me, Standing Rock is about social and environmental justice. Poor people are being taken advantage of and protesters are being harshly abused while they peacefully attempt to stop devastation and destruction of land, water, and people. It pains me to see this kind of negative behavior still occurring on a planet more connected than ever. The time and technology has come for us to divest from fossil fuels – and invest instead in renewable energy that doesn’t pollute the earth and its inhabitants. The suffering at Standing Rock has been happening to our indigenous people for 500 years, and now on our watch we can do something to help.
ISWSR.com (I Stand With Standing Rock) has vital information on how you can help, take action, or make a donation.
May all beings everywhere have peace.