Quieting The Mind Is An Act Of Resistance

Jun 20, 2018
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Life is full of conundrums and paradoxes.  Recently, I came across a quote by Rev. Dr. Barber, “We only lose when we get quiet.” This imitates the slogan, Silence equals Death, which came as a protest from the radical group Act Up whose determination led a revolution for the LGBTQ people.

Then, of course, there is yoga, whose deepest underlying message and meaning is to quiet the mind.  Yoga, as defined by Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, reads:  Yoga is the quieting of the mind (1:1). It is immediately followed by, Then we experience our true essence (1:2). Simply put:  When the mind gets quiet we experience the true nature of ourselves and all things.

It is when we learn how to get quiet that we have access to the true voice within ourselves.  Then we are empowered to speak that truth with clarity, conviction, and compassion.  Then we remain peaceful as we fight for justice and equality.

Getting quiet is an act of resistance.  Do not let your actions stem from revenge, self-righteousness, and emotional reactivity.  Quiet the mind and let your actions come from the deeper need to serve the world in the very best way that you know how.

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