It occurred to me after posting about women’s rage yesterday that some may take that as an invitation to act on rage. Rest assured this peace loving yogi would never be ok with that.
Emotions are just that, emotional responses to circumstances or events happening in a moment. When confronted with an event that is unjust in any way, our initial response might be one of rage, but once we get past that we get to decide what to do with that rage. We can let it consume us, which isn’t going to be overly useful to ourselves or the world, or we can get more strategic. We get to choose how we respond in future encounters. We can challenge people without being disrespectful, even when they are being disrespectful. We can hold our ground and be fearless in speaking our truth. That way those who are very vocal in their racism, sexism, homophobia and all the other “isms” are hearing another side, but more than that those who stand with you silently have an example of someone speaking their truth and might do the same – maybe even beside you in that moment.
It isn’t about staying in rage, which would deplete your own strength overtime. It’s about using it as a quick fuel to get you moving! We need to be just as vocal in our love ass those who live in hate.
Together we can heal the world, it will just take time and courage my friends.