It’s Martin Luther King day. I am always emotional on this day. I weep. I pray. I am grateful. I am humbled. I am optimistic. I have hope. I feel my commitment to living a life of peace strengthened, my belief that we can make the world a better place reinforced, and my understanding and fervent conviction that we are ONE flames and glows like a beacon in the night. I was not born until after Dr. King’s life was cut short. I never marched or felt the sting of blatant segregation or racism. I never had to watch as people were beaten and murdered and belittled because of the color of their skin. As a white woman, I have never been judged in such a way. I have never known a life of such struggle and, while I am very grateful for that, I am still knocked breathless by the images and words of The Civil Rights movement.
I don’t know if Dr. King ever stepped on a mat, but I know that he was a Yogi.
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and
violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge,
aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden, December 11, 1964.
Man was born into barbarism when killing his fellow man was a normal condition of existence. He became endowed with a
conscience. And he has now reached the day when violence toward another human being must become as abhorrent as eating
Martin Luther King, Jr., Why We Can’t Wait, 1963.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies
hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction….The chain reaction
of evil–hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars–must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of
Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength To Love, 1963.
Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against
Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967.
Non-Violence. Ahimsa. One love. Peace. Om Shanti. Lokah Samastah Sukinau Bhuvantu . Jai ho, Dr. King, JAI HO!
Tonight I will be teaching Gentle Yoga in candle light, focusing on love, peace, non-violence, and the message of this day. Join me – all are welcome. 7:30pm at Yoga Sol.