“The first principle of value that we need to rediscover is this: that all reality hinges on moral foundations. In other words, that this is a moral universe, and that there are moral laws of the universe just as abiding as the physical laws." -Martin Luther King Jr.
It's been a bit of a tough couple of weeks hasn't it? There has been a lot of dark, as well as a lot of light.
There are a lot of people waking up. Myself included. I will admit straightaway that I have been part of the problem, with my ignorance. My initial responses are always the responses that are incorrect in this moment "all lives matter" and "I don't see color" and all that jazz. Or, rather, those were my responses in prior situations, and I have spent the time to learn why they don't work right now. And I'm always learning. I'm happy to always be learning. Because it means that I'm taking strides in the right direction.
What have you been learning the last couple of weeks? Hit Reply and let me know!
I want to talk here about core values. Core values are our fundamental beliefs, often uncontested. Those uncontested beliefs are part of why we are where we are today. Everything should be questioned. Our eyes cannot be opened if we don't question the things that are in front of us. So our core values, or the core values of some of us, may be uprooted right now. The things we took for granted as being untouchable - the idea that the police are there to serve and protect being my example. This has been uprooted for me, and I am grateful to live in a place where I have the ability and freedom to think that, and make moves to make it a reality. Maybe it's another value of yours that has been contested. Good. Values that cannot withstand the scrutiny of analysis should not remain values.
That which holds us back from evolution must be destroyed.
And through that destruction our values, our beliefs, our politics, our lives can be rebuilt with something new, something better.
So this class, even though it was filmed ages ago when none of this was front page news, it focuses on tightening up the core. Our core. The core of our bodies. Which holds the core of our beings.
Through strengthening this place, we grow stronger. We are able to stabilize our bodies better, so that when the winds blow hard, we will be able to stay upright. We will have the strength to persevere.
And gentle reminder here, my friend. It's ok to rest. When you rest, you replenish your energy. And we will need that energy moving forward.
So meet me on the mat, and I'll meet you in this fight for equality.