Journey of Love

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Today I went to my yoga class. We learned a new chant for the month of December.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavanthu

It means, "May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all."

I'll be honest -- after the election, I felt like I had been kicked in the gut. Well, actually, it was worse than that. I have never cried over the results of an election before. This was different. This election, to me and many other people across the nation, was about something more than politics, policy or economics. This was about the fundamentals of what makes us a people. Our most precious of ideals -- gender equality, racial equality, marriage equality, Separation of Church and State, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, respect for our Native Peoples, our treaties and allies, and the very Earth herself.

No. We have never reached that "perfect union." We are most decidedly imperfect. Each of us. All of us.

And we are weary.

I read about the safety pin as a symbol of compassion and unity. Around the time of the Brexit vote, and now the 2016 Presidential Election here in the U.S., this simple element was being worn as an open symbol that the wearer would stand by those marginalized, oppressed, bullied, and threatened people in our societies and around the world. A symbol of unity, love, compassion, and peace. Of resistance to negativity, bigotry and hatred.

I went down to the studio and I poured my hope and heart into making my own version of this symbol of unity. Bending the metal into a hopeful form. Filing away the fear. Burning off the anger in the fire of my torch. Polishing the surface to shine love out into the darkness.

Some have poo-pooed this expression. Some say it is a waste of time and energy that should be put to greater purpose. That wearing a safety pin will do nothing to change the world.

Guess what? It won't. It can't. Not by itself. 

Change comes from within. One heart at a time. From one heart to another. It requires expression, commitment and action. Fearless compassion. Hard discussions. Fierce hope.

As I have filled orders for these pins, many of these beautiful souls have reached out to tell me of the love they take out into the world -- emboldened and symbolized by their pins. One said tears came to her eyes when she opened the box because she could feel the love I poured into it. Their messages bring tears to my eyes. Tears of hope. Hope I momentarily felt had been lost.

That is exactly the point. Sending out into the world our hope for peace, equality, freedom and joy -- AND backing it up with our own thoughts, words and actions every single day.

It is more than a wish. It is a pledge to humanity. Spread the love.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavanthu,

Heidi

 

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Beautifully written, Heidi.

Beautifully written, Heidi.

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