When it all seems too much,
when the news is so bad that meditation itself feels useless,
and a single life feels too small a stone to offer on the altar of peace,
find a human sunrise.
Find those people who are committed to changing our scary reality.
Human sunrises are happening all over the earth, at every moment.
People gathering, working to change the intolerable,
People coming in robes and sandals or in rags and bare feet,
And they are singing, or not, and they are chanting, or not.
But they are working to bring peace, light, and compassion for humankind and to the world.
There is nothing too small any of us can learn to do to help us out of our predicament. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the Human Sunrise, brightest when we shine together.
First, my husband of 35 years comes to mind. Also, my niece who is an awesome single mother of 3 sons; 4 year old twins and her 9 year old. My sister is right up there too – not only did she teach 7th grade for for eons, she also taught 3rd – even though she lives with chronic pain from having had cancer – and this is only the tip of who she is. More human sunrises are the folks who come to yoga through the good times and the trying times, each has such a special life story. My friends are right up there too. All my teachers. I also appreciate all those people who are doing their best, no matter what that might be.