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.
I'm a mom, wife, daughter, friend, and teacher who has long struggled with the desire to be the perfect person I imagine that I should be. Practicing mindfulness helps me find peace with my imperfect journey--being with myself as I truly am, loving my family as they are, and showing up for a messy world with openness and compassion.