Photo: Micky Aldridge on flickr

Photo: Micky Aldridge on flickr

Dear Meli,

One of my best friends is really into the Black Lives Matter movement. She considers herself spiritual and is always telling me that spirituality should include social justice. I’m not so sure. Sometimes it seems like people who are really political are angry all the time. It doesn’t seem all that spiritual to me. What are your thoughts on this?

Skeptical on the Sidelines

Dear Skeptical,

While I have also met many an angry political person, I agree with your friend. If we are about love, then we care about other humans, and sentient beings. Part of caring includes taking responsibility. Doing our part to make the world a better place for everyone is a spiritual practice! And I believe it is ours to do.

For one thing, it is a luxury to live a life that allows us to focus on our spiritual growth. Those of us who live such lives are better off than most of the humans on the planet who are focusing on the stuff of survival.

A world that works for everyone is a beautiful vision. It will be a better place for all sentient beings!

In the meantime, it is our responsibility to do what we can – from a place of love – to support the lives of others. There are many people far less fortunate than you and me. I feel I can safely say this because you sent me an email, so pardon the underlying assumptions of that comment.

Those with less – less freedom, fewer rights and privileges – are no less deserving than anyone else. Spirit is not more fully present or available in some than others.

Whether it is racism, sexual discrimination, homophobia, or any other kind of judgment of anyone as less worthy, it is based on a lie. Any structure – or human habit, or culture, or law – that is based on hatred is based on a lie. I believe these structures are simply awaiting the evolution of consciousness that will allow for their transformation.

As a being on a spiritual path, we are able to be a part of the transformation. When we take action toward a world that expresses more justice, we are supporting greater love. It IS possible to do this – to take such action while staying in our heart. I’m not saying it’s always easy to do so. But it is possible.

This is our opportunity. This is our responsibility. This is our honor. And this is our blessing.

Wishing you all the best as you love more fully in all that you do,


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