Last week marked 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King. It felt good to be reminded of his visionary leadership and his steadfast commitment to non-violence and racial equality. And it brought back to me that incredible day when, as a 16 year old living in Washington DC, I marched with my mother and thousands of others and heard his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial – shivers down my spine every time!
King was a dot in the distance, and families and distractions packed tightly around us, but as his words rang out the crowd quieted and then began to roar at his cadences. Afterwards we knew we had witnessed something extraordinary.
It was encouraging to see that same energy and commitment showing up in his 11-year-old granddaughter when she spoke at the Anti-Gun rally in March. Click here. When someone so young demonstrates such empowerment it reminds me that dreams of peace and equality are alive and well, which inspires us all.
As Jeff and I said in an earlier blog this year, 2018 feels to us to be like the year of the woman. The groundswell that has found voice in the Me Too movement and the equal pay agenda and speaks of the awakening power of the feminine, which is ready to be heard.
For this to be effective and transformational, it is essential for us to become accountable for how we have contributed to the world we see today, a world which values the masculine, logical and industrial hierarchy more than the feminine principles of caring, receiving and transformation. We need to give up all thoughts of being the victim in this, and any aggression that will only stop real progress to balancing the masculine and feminine aspects of ourselves. And it starts with us: remember that all men have one thing in common: every one of them had a mother!
To celebrate this year of the woman, we are pioneering a 4-day Women’s Vital Health Retreat in June. It is an opportunity to re-boot your mind and body, to wash out the unhelpful patterns of thought or lifestyle that hamper our power to show up and shine. Because when we take that step we inspire others, just like Martin Luther King and his granddaughter.