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Current events: What is going on, and what can we do?

Hello, spiritual warrior. Thank you for joining me for this week’s edition of The Source. I’ll warn you… it’s a long one. The video is almost 90 minutes; a live stream I held on Sunday via zoom with 870 amazing people who went really deep into a discussion of white privilege, white advantage, and Martin Luther Kings Jr.’s decision to speak out. We read from a passage from Dr. King’s autobiography, we talked about covert racism, the power of our word, what we can do to take action now and the power of our voice.  We conclude with a healing meditation.

It’s so necessary to have these uncomfortable contemplations, these tough conversations. The past seven days in has been full of rage, agony, confusion, fear, pain, and myriad other emotions across the spectrum of feelings. I’ve posted about the murder of George Floyd several times on my social media channels. But I know that not everyone is on Facebook or Instagram, so I wanted to share with you, too.

The murder of George Floyd by members of the MPD must not go unpunished. These racist criminals must be arrested, tried and sentenced for their despicable acts of depravity & cavalier disregard of precious human life.

We must remember George Floyd – along with the way-too-long list of African American martyrs who have been slain out of fear, arrogance, entitlement, self-loathing, privilege, lack of presence, & preservation of the status quo.

These horrific and senseless lynchings, murders, and killings are but more symptoms of the disease that has spread thru our white culture for 400 years – often diagnosed, but treated only at the symptom level – usually with outrage in the moment.

Yes. Providing an outlet for the rage we all feel is necessary but it’s not the solution to an infection that has metastasized through  every cell of our collective body. It helps us cope with our current agony.

How do we expect black men & women to thrive, enjoy life, and find deep fulfillment when their core needs of safety, security, justice, law & order are unmet. Maslow wrote extensively that we cannot move to meet our higher needs of love, belongingness, esteem and self-actualization until our needs of safety & security are in the process of being met.

Black lives do matter. But why does that need to be said in 2020 – 4 centuries after the first black hostages were brought here in the crammed bellies of slave ships. It needs to be said because it’s not being lived. Before there can be healing in a human body or in a country there must be balance and that starts by everybody getting on the same page about the problem. Solving America is a huge task. So why don’t we start with the police. But with more than 1 million cops in this country – and no single standard how do we do it?

For 6 years I’ve worked with @bluecourage a fantastic organization of dedicated policemen and policewomen who have trained thousands of cops & precincts throughout the country on purpose, the nobility of serving & protecting, the heart of the guardian, diversity, bias, and many of my stress management & mindful performance techniques. THEY ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE please give them your support.

Remember,  we transform the world by transforming ourselves. Peace. -davidji

9 thoughts on “Current events: What is going on, and what can we do?”

  1. Salutations, davidji, I have taken the liberty of re-posting most of this in context on LinkedIn in two parts. I watched Dr. King’s speech The Other America and it did now what it did to me 53 years ago, I weep for our society. These are the quotes that come to my mind from all of this:

    “We transform the world by transforming ourselves.” – davidji

    “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World” – Political Ethicist Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

    “It is Not Enough to be Compassionate, We Must Act” – the Personification of Compassion Lhamo Thondup the 14th Dalai Lama

    “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is specifically your own.” – Philosopher and Martial Arts Icon Lee Jun-fan, known professionally as Bruce Lee

    “Just Another Day in Paradise, Learn One, Do One, Teach One, Love One and Repeat” – Moses

  2. Thanks , You’re Remarkable !
    I created a piece of work , gifted to you in an e mail (as it won’t post here ) while watching and witnessing the funeral service on the internet . Thought to share it here as I had just prior to this meditation listened to your piece on You Tube Re: The 5 Kleshes which embodies how to apply your teachings in addressing pain sorrow and grief..❤️🙏 Maisy

  3. Thank you for the message and the peace. I needed this to help explain why there is so much violence going on. It’s not the one event, but the years of fear and covert inequality people have been living with. I have been humbled, embarrassed and ashamed by my own ignorance. I just started reading ‘White Fragility’ by Robin De Angelo. She addresses the reality of racism and why white people find it so difficult to talk about and are so extremely offended. One of the ways we can bring change is through awareness of the problem and our own accountability. I pray for understanding, compassion and respect for all.

  4. Thank you so much for this replay. I needed this so much … so many emotions, sadness …. over what happened. Great to come together and spread love to all … can’t even express myself properly with words.
    Thanks again!!!

    Love and Blessings!!!

  5. davidji–Thank you for being there and for being the voice of reason. We spoke in the past, when I was dealing with and my brain tumor and now I have a new challenge with a blood cancer. I now live in Brazil, but I grew up in Cleveland and saw the riots first hand. At college , I mourned for MLk and Bobby Kennedy. Not believing in killing people in a land far away, without reason, instead of fighting ,I taught school in a jail. I try not to watch the politics in the U.S. But they are everywhere. What keeps me centered are your meditations on Gratitude. Thank you and Namaste and PLEASE keep sharing your wisdom with us.

  6. 🙏🏻 I want to cry, I want to hug you , and mostly I want to thank you for this conversation, this opening, this awakening and this deep meditation. ❤️

  7. Thank you Davidji for this exceptional conversation and meditation. Our pain is deep, our conditioning strong, but we are stronger and can face today’s uncertainty with stillness, peace and clarity of our next best steps…. thanks to your inspiration. Namaste 🙏

  8. Thank you so much for this wonderful sharing, you are the best!!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🌞

  9. Such wisdom and passion from you Davidji! Thank you for the food for thought and for all the stillness you bring.
    And I will celebrate Princess’s birthday on June 7th, along with my birthday! Good company to share my birthday with!

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