Peaceful blessings and warm love in the midst of all your heart is holding.
This is a short message with an offering for anyone who needs a place to start on the path to becoming an ally for racial justice.
In the wake of the tragic killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Brionna Taylor, George Floyd and too many others, I tried to educate myself. I have read countless articles, listened to Black voices and signed petitions. I examined, I prayed, I cried and I sat with it. I dove into books and workbooks, and called my representatives.
Then I slipped into overwhelm.
One thing we can be sure of is that this is going to be a long journey - a marathon and not a sprint.
I couldn't keep up the pace for the long term, so I decided to make a plan so I could sustain positive actions going forward.
And I thought you might want to join me.
My mission for Every Day Spirit, with each phrase, image, poem, prayer and essay, has always been guided by these three tenets: to compassionately awaken the soul, to offer unconditional love and positivity, and to be honest to my experience.
Everything I do passes through these gates.
And I will continue to speak to what unites us.
It has always been - and still is - love.
I have committed to taking one loving action a day - to lift, acknowledge, support and learn about the Black community and my role in racial inequality.
I'm sharing my first 30 days of actions with you - 10 at a time as I accomplish them.
In that time I hope to form new habits and ways of thinking that will serve the cause of our shared humanity going forward.
It won't be over in 30 days. But our well of love is endless - and I know we will persist in changing our hearts so we can change the world.
My first 10 days of actions can be found here on the ONE LOVE page of my website.
Join me if your soul calls you to.
WISDOM FROM MAYA
I have taken comfort this week in Maya Angelou's wisdom:
Do the best you can until you know better. When you know better, do better.
I believe we will.
We already know that when we do small things with great love, we change the world.
One step. One love. Together.
I'm learning right beside you. There's no place I'd rather be. So much love and many blessings, Mary xo
One Step. One Love. can be found on this page here.