Today, let's feel what we feel. We don't need to turn away from troubling things--in the world, in our own behavior, in our families--to be love. Our work is to see them, acknowledge them, and respond to them wisely.
Let's not (as my mom always said) run around like chickens with our heads cut off. That does not serve the transformation of humanity. Let's not hate other people or ourselves, pretend things are different than they are, or project the problems on to other people.
Let's actually open our eyes and acknowledge how it is right now. Inwardly, we must use our practice to work with our own emotions (hatred, judgment, fear) and uncover even the subtle forms of intolerance and injustice. Within our families, we must practice acceptance, clarity, and presence with those who are able to push our buttons at close proximity. In the world, we must speak truth and live in service of love.
My life and work are guided by the these core understandings: that all beings (including me!) are capable of transformation and joy, that healthy parenting matters profoundly, and that simple practices can support each of us.