"We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have been reading and pondering the duality of waging fierce and powerful peace through the radical action of love and repentance of causing harm. Those who know me, know I'm not a hippie or a New-Ager, nor an aimless dreamer. Heck, I'm from New Jersey, land-of-many-fighters. What I've come to believe in is focused, purposeful action to improve a condition, a life, sometimes just a moment. Not just action without purpose and not just compassion, which without action dissolves into pity and hopelessness.
I have been reading Andrew Harvey, an intellectual, worldly man and somewhat of a mystic. Please ponder this with me from his new book, "Radical Passion": "Look at what's going on and how the solutions can't possibly be the solutions. Accept that there is a way through and it's the way of love in action - and it depends on honoring the feminine sacred." - Andrew Harvey
This resonates with me, not just because I'm a woman, but because I can't wrap my mind, and more likely my heart, around creating a better world through violence. I'm not anti-male. I love the men in my life, but believe we must demand and create balance going forward. Our country is 51% female, but this is rarely reflected on any decision-making boards of anything (PTA exemption here.) Woman are primarily considered as consumers; consumers of necessities and consumers of the non-essential. Are we contributing to debates, corporations, laws, policies, media and modern ethics? If the feminine voice was not only added for equity, but "honored" as a sacred and essential presence, might our country have a different look and feel one day?
We've become comfortable in our physical world, but sadly accustomed to hearing horrific news. I wonder what if anything will shake us from our complacency. Would we need to lock ourselves behind barred windows with our weapons and our treasures if we created compassionate responses to those suffering from neglect, abandonment, hunger, as well as physical and mental challenges?
Ok, enough questions! I know my answers and I encourage you to leave your responses in the comments below.
I will coach for peaceful, loving solutions. I'll coach those who are now and aspire to be powerfully compassionate leaders, those in need of the courage to raise their voice for justice and equality. I'll coach those aching to make a difference because our children deserve better than what we're handing them today.
I am a coach for compassionate change. For now, that will be my contribution to new solutions.
I welcome those who are interested in being coached to create compassionate change to message me on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CoachWSolutions