Honoring Martin Luther King Jr
Give Something, Learn Something, Teach Something, Commit to Something and Dream Something.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s leadership of the American Civil Rights Movement which had achieved more genuine progress towards racial equality in 13 years than the last 350 years had produced. Dr. King is regarded as one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.
He drew inspiration from his Christian faith and the peaceful teachings of Mahatma Ghandi, leading a nonviolent movement in the late 1950’s and ’60s to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the US. While others were advocating for freedom by “any means necessary”, Martin Luther King Jr. used the power of words, peaceful protests and grassroots organizing to achieve seemingly impossible goals.
The Fundamental of Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence are described in his first book Stride Toward Freedom:
The Six Principles of Non Violence
1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
Be actively resistant to evil, aggressive spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
2. Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
The result of nonviolent individuals is redemption and reconciliation,
to create the Beloved Community.
3. Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.
Evildoers are also victims, and not evil people. Aim to defeat evil, not people.
4. Nonviolence Holds that suffering can educate and transform.
Suffering without retaliation, unearned suffering is redemptive and transformative.
5. Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
It resists violence of the spirit and body, nonviolent love is spontaneous, unmotivated, unselfish and creative.
6. Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.
Having a deep faith that justice will eventually win, believing that God is a God of justice.
In Yoga we practice nonviolence “Ahimsa“. Martin Luther King Jr was a Yogi. He was the change he wanted to see, he had a dream. This week, lets honor Martin Luther King Jr. Give something to a family memeber, friend, or charity. Learnsomething new, teach someone something that has helped you, a breathing technique, a meditiation, a song of love or a poem of peace, whatever has brough joy to your heart. Commit to do something good for someone, and dream of something you desire…
“I have a dream… I have a dream that one day, in every school in every nation each class will start with meditation!” – Claire Diab
We would love to know,
What is your dream?
Lots of Love and Hugs,
Claire and Nicole
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.