Love: the healer the world is looking for

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‘The clarity and power that comes with a growing love for ourselves and all beings is greatly underestimated. Much of the harm in our world is driven by a lack of love – this makes more and more sense as we turn inward and begin to understand that as our own self love grows, harming another becomes less of an option.

Wisdom teaches us that to harm another is to harm oneself, while love teaches that our own happiness flourishes when we no longer harm ourselves or others. It is our cravings, which rapidly solidify into attachments, that drive us into the blind arena of direct and indirect forms of harm. Love is what allows us to see, like another set of eyes that we can use to view life and the world from a grander perspective. When our love is limited so is our ability to imagine new solutions outside of archaic forms of fear driven action.

Love is the healer the world is looking for. Love has the power to unbind and release the attachments that rationalize everyday harm. Love is the only sturdy enough platform we can use to build a new world where all can live well. Sending love to all beings. May we all understand that our own self love is an essential piece to building a new world. May we all grow our self love into the unconditional love that can end all harm. May we all understand that our own unconditional love for ourselves and all beings is directly connected to our highest freedom and happiness.’

-Yung Pueblo 

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Who the Heck is Jackson Katz ?

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“We talk about how many women were raped last year, not about how many men raped women. We talk about how many girls in a school district were harassed last year, not about how many boys harassed girls. We talk about how many teenager girls in the state of Vermont got pregnant last year, rather than how many men and boys impregnated teenage girls.

So you can see how the use of the passive voice has a political effect. It shifts the focus off of men and boys and onto girls and women. Even the term ‘violence against women’  is problematic. It’s a passive construction; there’s no active agent in the sentence. It’s a bad thing that happens to women, but when you look at that term ’violence against women,’ nobody is doing it to them. It just happens to them. Men aren’t even a part of it.”

-Jackson Katz

I’ll admit that I’d never heard of Jackson Katz until I researched him after reading the above quote last night. A quote that to me is so incredibly profound. It highlights the need for more careful language that shifts the blame to the actual perpetrator, not the victim as regularly occurs.

What an incredible bio he has. Katz, a former football star, a TED Talk speaker, and I now know, is one of the most prominent voices in the pro-feminist men’s movement. His agenda is to educate men, particularly in college age campus settings, on what they can do to end sexual voilence.  Katz is also the co-founder of MVP Strategies (Mentors in Violence Prevention), one of the longest-running intervention training programs in the U.S. He has also created training materials for universities and school districts, NFL teams, several Major League Baseball teams, and even the U.S. Navy.

We all know that sexual voilence and harrassment isn’t a Hollywood issue. It is a societial issue that affects females from all walks of life, regardless of age, income and workplace. Perhaps the most promising thing that could come out of the Weinstein coverage is for more men to understand that harassment from males, of all ages and positions, happens to females of all ages and positions. Perhaps this nature of giving men like Weinstein a free pass will end.  It’s time to stop blaming the victims and start taking the issue seriously.

 

 

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“We are in this together. None of us truly walk in isolation, even when we cannot sense the presence of another for miles upon miles. Even in the worst of our desolation. Even during our coldest 3am breakdown. Even when we shut out the world and spin in circles until we collapse. Even then the light still gets in. Even then the heart still opens and reaches, tendrils of hope curling and bending toward slivers of light. Upward, outward, in all directions – seeking light at all cost. One way or another, we all grow toward the light.” – Jeanette LeBlanc

The Universe of Us

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‘She has been feeling it for awhile – that sense of awaking. There is a gentle rage simmering inside her, and it is getting stronger by the day. She will hold it close to her – she will nurture it and let it grow. She won’t let anyone take it away from her. It is her rocket fuel and finally, she is going places. She can feel it down to her very core – this is her time. She will not only climb mountains – she will move them too.’

Lang Leav, The Universe of Us