art-credit: Sejal P.
After responding to the journal about violence & love today (posted below), I asked students to engage in a mindfulness activity: they were to secretly choose 2 students in class and when I told them to, they were to close their eyes and think “I wish for them to be happy” for 5 seconds.
Their “homework” is to engage in this simple mental activity as they move through the halls to their classes or at the first five minutes of class each day. It is a potential way to combat all the hate and judgmentalness in our world that led to the horrific events of slavery, convict leasing, Jim Crow, and hate in our country’s history.
Hopefully they share their “homework” with their parents / guardians and encourage them to engage in this exercise at work. 😀
To learn more, listen to “Mindfulness on Demand” from the Note to Self Podcast series.
02/16/17: Violence & Love
MLK said, “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
What are some real ways we can use love to defeat hate?