Building Habits for Peace

  • pandemic: COVID-19.
  • terrifying leadership – president?
  • death of George Floyd. He was arrested because he was trying to buy a pack of cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. He was 46 years old. He died Monday in the city he moved to for a better life. Several people caught him through their iPhone cameras during his last breaths. Floyd was held down by a Minneapolis police officer’s knee. The video shows Floyd pleading that he is in pain and can’t breathe. Then, his eyes shut and the pleas stop. The officer, Derek Chauvin, was arrested on Friday and faces charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman (1, 2). As said in the words of George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, this was a ‘modern day lynching (3).’

It’s a disharmony of events. A falling apart of the fabric that holds community. A time that will be greater than the Great Depression of 1929. This is a part of our history forever. A marking of the tragedies that represent the traumas that fragment our society. It almost feels as if a Pandora Box of nightmares were opened to show the underlying atrocities. We can’t hide from the depths of racism, inequality and inaccessibility to healthcare, sexism, injustice and ignorance that contributes to the pandemic. We are now at the forefront, facing it head on.

I have hope though. I have deep sincere hope in people that there will be a rebirth. Through this time period, I believe that the revolution we need to make begins within ourselves. Amidst this pandemic of riots, disharmony and hardship, we can refocus our energies to guide us to find our strengths. Changing little behaviors, such as being more active, going for a run, practicing meditation, sending positive messages and reading more about the things you truly love bring harmony. I recommend Deepak Chopra’s 21 day of abundance meditation guide. These audios have been so charging and helpful in boosting an abundance mindset.

I insist for justice to begin from within. Cleanse and work on yourself to recollect. There is a whole new challenge we will take on once we are strengthened and vitalized within our own bodies.

(1) https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/05/29/why-george-floyd-was-arrested-and-what-happened-in-the-minutes-following/

(2) Obama’s Statement

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(3) https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/30/politics/george-floyd-brother-talks-trump/index.html

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