"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
We are living in some crazy times, aren't we? It seems like every day, I go online to find news about some new development that seems to be taking us all one step closer to an apocalypse.
It's pretty overwhelming. At times, I have definitely felt powerless and wonder how we as a species will even survive my lifetime, let alone future generations.
And then something like this weekend's development at Standing Rock happens...and my hope is renewed.
(If you're not familiar with Standing Rock, please read this to get yourself acquainted with the issue.)
A historical coming together of over 200 Native American tribes, as well as people from all over the world, Standing Rock is a beautiful example of the good that can be done when people come together in peace and in prayer.
My very talented friend, Keresey Pearl, went to Standing Rock and made the video below. It beautifully shows the spiritual side of the protest in a way that most of the coverage hasn't...
As someone who is deeply committed to environmental issues and the sovereignty of indigenous people all over the world, I have been following the Water Protectors for months - praying for the best possible outcome, raising awareness, and donating funds to support them.
And I realized it's been when I am proactively doing those things that I feel the best, the most empowered.
Because those of us who are aware of our interconnectedness are the ones that must keep our focus on what we want to see in the world, not the darkness and hate that are lulling so many into inaction.
As Marianne Williamson said:
"The people who are involved in personal growth, spiritual consciousness, recovery and so forth are the last people who should be sitting out the great social and political questions of our time. If you have a clue as to what changes one life, then you are the one with a clue as to what would change the world."
Things at Standing Rock aren't solved for good so it's important we keep vigilant in working for what we want.
And Standing Rock isn't the only issue. There are so many causes to get involved with out there. You don't need to solve them all - just pick one that speaks most to your heart and get involved somehow. Like these guys...
These are some of the veterans who went to Standing Rock to help. Not only have these brave men and women served our country in numerous battles, they had the courage to humble themselves before representatives of the native tribes and ask for forgiveness for how they have been treated in the past.
Now that's inspiring - can you imagine how our world will look when we reconnect with groups that we've been told are our enemies and remember that we are all brothers and sisters? CLICK TO TWEET Now that's a future I can get excited about...
How has the Standing Rock movement inspired you? Please share your thoughts on our Facebook page. And please share which issue is in your heart and how you plan to help. Let me honor your work in the world!
Aho mitakuye oyasin (we are all related),
PS - Here's another friendly reminder to watch my TEDx Talk if you haven't already (wink wink)!