I’m Angry & I’m Spiritual
Reaction To Charlottesville, VA
In the wake of this weekend’s events, claiming my anger feels like a healthy response.
Even so, each time I want to hit the angry emoji on Facebook or retweet an angry sentiment, I wonder if people will question my spiritual trust or assume this means I am not hopeful about our world evolution.
Being spiritual and embracing anger is not a contradiction.
In fact, suppressing anger is one of the surefire ways to suppress your love.
More than this, embracing anger can lead to transformative action.
Witnessing the images Charlottesville, VA., with white supremacy rising to the surface unmasked, my heart is heavy with sadness, anger, exhaustion and yes even hope.
I understand that these ideologies have plagued our country and our world for longer than history has been written.
I am aware the United States has conflicting ideology at its very core.
On one hand, our country stands for inclusion, acceptance, and diversity.
On the other, we are a country birthed on genocide and slavery.
Still I believe, even now, that respect and honor for the vast diversity in our world will prevail.
I know in the core of my being that what we are seeing in 2017 is the purging of an energy that has been festering just below the surface for generations.
We can only heal what we can see.
Is it frightening to think that we have reached a time that Noe-Nazis are showing their faces with pride?
Yet, this offers us a mirror.
A mirror that is impossible to ignore.
It is a call for us to let our anger transform to passion as we take action and with fierce love say no to racism, hate and separation.
It is a mirror; that calls us to look at terrorism and realize such ideology is not birthed from any religion. Rather, it is a byproduct of all religions.
Racism is learned.
Because of this, I have compassion, even for those whose message of hate makes me red with anger.
Anger and hate are not the same thing.
To feel anger is to passionately reject an ideology or situation.
To feel hate is to personify that anger.
I choose to use my anger to transform.
I stand in fierce love and say NO to discrimination, hate, murder, bigotry.
I link my arms with those who choose love and inclusion.
Hope dancing with our anger.
Together we anchor our souls in the earth and say with conviction.
LOVE WILL PREVAIL.