As we struggle to get our day on track today- we are listening to MC Yogi, and stopping for deep belly breaths. When feels like the world is coming apart at the seams, sometimes your spirit needs music. It soothes the savage right? So I’m sitting on my back porch, listening to the birds chant along to MC Yogi
“It takes more strength and faith to be kind.”
It can be so hard. When you feel enraged and like the only solution is to go Hulk- it is always better to stop, take a breath, and allow those hormones to dissipate a bit.
The purpose of a mantra is to give our very verbal brains something to latch on to- something to focus on. They are usually prayers, or prayer-like anyway.
But I like to think, music, by nature is a force “focuser”, and that when we consciously put our attention to music, we get the added benefit of a kind of waking meditation. Find something to listen to. Try this:
MC Yogi: BE THE CHANGEOnce upon a time not long agothere was a boy who would grow & become a great soulhe lived in India and his name was Gandhihe believed in human rights & he felt sostronglythat he made a vow to train himselfbecause he realized first he’d have tochange himselfhe changed his clothes & decided to walksome days he practicedsilence and refused to talkwhen he was young he studied to be a lawyerand then he became a great spiritual warriorhe read from the scriptures of every religioncame to the realization that we’re all God’s childrenbecause he understood that we’re all equal he became a spokesman for the peoplea karma yogi devoted to service to spread truth & peace was his purposeBe the change that you wanna see / in the world, just like GandhiGandhi dedicated his life to the causeeven when it meant breaking unjust lawshe often faced prison and incarcerationbut that only strengthened his determinationhe said he would make every sacrificebut that he would never kill or take a lifehe used his heart instead of his fistand he taught non-violence as the way to resista peaceful soldier who used his mindto fight for the rights of human kindbut not just people, animals tooand his basic teaching “God is Truth”he joined Muslims, Sikhs, & Hindus Christians, Buddhists, Jains, and Jewsall the many paths that lead intothe light that shines bright inside of me and youBe the change that you wanna seein the world, just like Gandhi“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”and it takes more strength and faith to be kindwith that in mind Gandhi took a standagainst the foreign occupation of his landwhen things got violent Gandhi would fastnot eating for days until the riots would passbut the biggest event that made the British haltis when Gandhi-ji decided to harvest saltthe British empire installed a salt taxand stealing salt was an unlawful actso Gandhi and his peeps, took the streetsten thousand deep they marched to the beachbut when they arrived they were beaten with clubsbut they didn’t fight backinstead they chose lovethe British military realized they were wrongand eventually decided to go back homeyou see, Gandhi-ji was a very great leaderbut before all that he was shy & meageras a young child he was just like you and mebefore he became Mahatma Gandhithe word “Mahatma” it means great souland its inside of us just waiting to unfoldif you follow your heart and act real boldnext time it’ll be your story that’s told!Be the change that you wanna see in the world,
just like Gandhi
It is HARD to turn the other cheek, and remove the speck and all that. But that is sort of the point. If it was easy, and effortless, there would be no focus. There would be no intent. And if you know me, you know, it is all about the intent. Everything.
Nevertheless, we trudge ahead. I truly hope, for all our sakes, we can choose love.
Here is a little lite reading to accompany MC Yogi.
Finding the Strength to be Kind