The protests continued yesterday in Seattle and Bellevue, along with looting and vandalism (primarily in Bellevue). I have a hard time getting my head and heart around the looting and vandalism. I happen to really enjoy Bellevue Square and it was tough to see it being trashed.
This all leaves me feeling helpless….which brings me to the Law of Least Effort.
That is probably an interesting choice on my part but bear with me. I am taking a weekly yoga class and we are reviewing one of the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success each week by Deepak Chopra. Last week’s law was the Law of Least Effort. To experience the Law of Least Effort, accept people, circumstances, and events as they are in this moment; take responsibility for your situation without blame, and relinquish the need to defend your point of view.
I can’t change these events, so how can I take responsibility for my transformation?
Here are the handful of things I can do.
- Explore other points of view. The op ed by Kareem Abdul Jabbar is amazing, as is the video by Trevor Noah. Their thoughts on looting were illuminating to me.
- Expand my reading list beyond British mysteries and my viewing list beyond British mysteries. I am starting So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo today (thanks to Jane for the book)
- Move out of my comfort zone. Particularly since I retired, I have been hanging pretty exclusively with ‘my own kind’. I will need to figure out how best move beyond that during a pandemic.
- VOTE and make sure others can/do vote as well. And advocate and speak out.