There is something so sacred to me about the use of tradition.Some call it silly and out of date. That may be true for some. But for many cultures tradition is how they preserve and teach the next generation.It's a place on this Earth that you can find people with shared values. I strong sense of community, where we look out for one another.It encourages groups of people to create and share experiences. From Catholic confirmations to the Jewish Barmitzah,for so many tradition brings pride, joy, peace and hope.A true sense of belonging. A feeling that you are not alone. And right now in this country, I pray that we can reach for our shared values. I pray we begin to feel pride, joy, peace and hope.I wake up every morning and have to prepare myself for what the news will report.15 drug overdoses within 24 hours in CLEVELAND.Shooting of an underarmed men. The under reporteddisappearances of multiple young black girls in Washington DC. The kidnapping of a teenager by her school teacher.I pray we find our traditions of equality and humanity soon so we can begin to help one another.I know traditions can't fix everything. But it's a starting point to come together.
I saw this picture taken by Shaul Schwarz . Two Haitian women bathe in a sacred pool at the annual Haitian Voodoo gathering in Souvenance. Each year, followers dress in all-white, bathe in a sacred pool and dance themselves into a trance as they celebrate one of the holiest days in the Voodoo calendar. Look at the JOY & PEACE in that smile. That smile makes me think that she feels safe, loved and held. It brought so much joy to my heart.
May we find that peace.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti, Hari Om