Thank you MC Yogi; Oh yeah, Gandhi too.

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:

Once upon a time not long ago
there was a boy who would grow & become a great soul
he lived in India and his name was Gandhi
he believed in human rights & he felt so
that he made a vow to train himself
because he realized first he’d have to
change himself
he changed his clothes & decided to walk
some days he practiced
silence and refused to talk
when he was young he studied to be a lawyer 
and then he became a great spiritual warrior
he read from the scriptures of every religion
came to the realization that we’re all God’s children
because he understood that we’re all equal he became a spokesman for the people
a karma yogi devoted to service to spread truth & peace was his purpose
Be the change that you wanna see / in the world, just like Gandhi
Gandhi dedicated his life to the cause
even when it meant breaking unjust laws
he often faced prison and incarceration
but that only strengthened his determination
he said he would make every sacrifice
but that he would never kill or take a life
he used his heart instead of his fist
and he taught non-violence as the way to resist
a peaceful soldier who used his mind
to fight for the rights of human kind
but not just people, animals too 
and his basic teaching “God is Truth”
he joined Muslims, Sikhs, & Hindus Christians, Buddhists, Jains, and Jews
all the many paths that lead into
the light that shines bright inside of me and you
Be the change that you wanna see
in the world, just like Gandhi
“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”
and it takes more strength and faith to be kind
with that in mind Gandhi took a stand
against the foreign occupation of his land
when things got violent Gandhi would fast
not eating for days until the riots would pass
but the biggest event that made the British halt
is when Gandhi-ji decided to harvest salt
the British empire installed a salt tax
and stealing salt was an unlawful act
so Gandhi and his peeps, took the streets 
ten thousand deep they marched to the beach
but when they arrived they were beaten with clubs
but they didn’t fight back
instead they chose love
the British military realized they were wrong
and eventually decided to go back home
you see, Gandhi-ji was a very great leader
but before all that he was shy & meager
as a young child he was just like you and me
before he became Mahatma Gandhi
the word “Mahatma” it means great soul 
and its inside of us just waiting to unfold
if you follow your heart and act real bold 
next 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 

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Rebecca Cramer, raised in Oklahoma City, OK, had her first job in design, layout, and printing of concert posters for artists like B.B, King, Bobby Blue Bland, and Wanda Jackson at her family’s offset and lithography business, Colorcraft Poster Company. Her career history includes editing and managing the review process for The American Ornithologists’ Union’s magazine The Auk, as well as teaching English at the secondary and post-secondary levels. In 2008 she completed a Master’s in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) at Oklahoma City University. One constant has been Becca’s love for the arts and her penchant for creating, and she approaches design and construction from an artist's perspective. She has worked such diverse media as silver-smithing, collage, and found-item art. She loves repurposing things others throw away into something useful and beautiful. Early on, Becca displayed a passion for makeup early, when at the age of two she broke into her grandmother’s lipstick stash and applied lipstick to herself, the vanity, and the walls. In June 2012, she moved to Denver to become a makeup artist. Under the name Becca Be, and Fetch, her work has appeared in several fashion publications, including Dark Beauty, Jute, and Kai’outi magazines. She has also worked with designers for Denver Fashion Week, and with ADCD’s Paper Fashion Show (both as artist, and Production Designer).

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