An overlooked variable of Martin Luther King Jr.’s success was his unique ability to mindfully use his strong emotions rather than be used by them.
Dear Philadelphia (and all participants in this day of action),
On January 19, as our collective energy buzzes at 1:30pm on 440N Broad St, as we begin marching at 2:00pm and finish symbolically on Independence Mall at 3:30pm, may we hold close the humble teachings of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, a peaceful warrior who inspired Dr. King. In fact, Dr. King formally nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize.
If anger about education inequality pulses through us as we march, may we come back home to our breath and “take care of our anger as though it were our younger sibling.”
If the mass of us all walking together leads to confusion or frustration, may we “walk as if we are kissing the earth with our feet.”
If we break out into fierce chants about the importance of worker’s rights, may we remember that our words come from a place of profound love.
If we feel our individual voice isn’t being heard, may we realize that our collective voice is planting the seeds of positive change.
If our mind convinces us that this is about “Us VS Them” may we realize that “We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”
May we #ReclaimMLK with mindfulness.