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THE IMPORTANCE OF PAIN, ANGER & EMPATHY

I was raised in the era of Rage Against the Machine activism. I felt a deep anger for the injustices of the world. I wanted to change it. I wanted to fight for the oppressed. And that led me to having to deal with a lot of rage in my life.

Over the years, I’ve had to explore that rage. Where does it come from? Should I try and squelch it? Should I embrace those feelings? What happens if I do?

If we allow ourselves to feel these emotions and lean into them, how can we ever expect to be happy? How can we be an inspiration for peace if we’re so sad and angry? Can these emotions ever play a positive role in our lives? How do I engage in empathy without dragging myself down and being a source of negative energy?

In this episode, I talk about the resolve of MLK, the beauty of the film Crash and my love of Rage Against the Machine. Let’s dive in!

 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Allow yourself to feel deeply.
  • Let it move through you.
  • Let the pain of life remind you to align with love.
  • Let it remind you of our interconnectedness, because someone out there is being oppressed, and you are able to send them the energy of love, through prayer and meditation.
  • Let it remind you that you have a lot more power to impact that world than what you usually give yourself credit for.
  • Pain is that hole in our soul were God enters.
  • If we cover up that hole, how can we ever truly experience the ineffable power of God, the ultimate force of love?

BEST MOMENT

I believe our capacity to be a champion for peace is equal to our willingness to allow ourselves to empathize and feel deeply.

RESOURCES

Go see the Prophets of Rage! Or just join the movement online. Get angry, and then transform that into the strength you need to be a bastion of peace.

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