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First and foremost, my heart goes out to every Muslim American and those living outside of our borders who are being so radically misrepresented and threatened by the words of Republicans running for president.
I cannot fathom what they must be going through.
It is imperative we speak up in our communities in support of Muslim Americans.
Speaking up – making your care and allegiance known and vocal – is absolutely crucial to prevent fear from taking hold and warping people’s minds. Fear kept so many from speaking up for the Jewish people in the Holocaust. Let us not do the same.
I fell in love with a beautiful Palestinian man when I was traveling abroad, just after 9/11. When I later went to visit his family in the West Bank, I was so deeply touched by his family and the incredible warmth and love of the Palestinian people I met there. I learned then that the media does a hell of a horrible job portraying the true nature of Muslims abroad, filling us with continual fear and bias against them. What you see and read in the media simply is not “The Truth.”
Secondly, I can sense the growing fear in the climate around us. Perhaps you see and feel it too. That is exactly what these terrorists want- to fill our minds with fear so that we live less free.
It is incumbent upon us to respond with absolute love, full blown creativity and all the generosity and gratitude for life we can muster.
These are the attributes of living in true liberation.
We counter and ultimately overcome fear and domination in this world by devoting ourselves unequivocally to the liberation of our hearts, our minds and our bodies.
That is what I stand for and rest in during these times.
Because I will not be terrorized. And I will not be dominated.
So I will continue doing my work to support women in bringing their voices and wisdom to this world, because I truly believe that this is the key to transitioning out of this dominator model of civilization – that values death above all – and into one that reveres life, freedom and well being.
And I will dance.
I will dance in the face of all of this violent insanity with the raging wildness of my love.
The more we are who we truly are, and allow love to work its way through every nook and cranny of our lives, the stronger the force field of love surrounding our planet becomes.
And in times like these, that is exactly what we need.