The Many Faces of May Day
The month of May is upon us. Or we are in it. Or that which has gone before is now embodied in May. Anyway...
When I was doing a little research around what May has traditionally represented, I expected to read about May Day and the Maypole, the Celtic festival of Beltane, and maybe a nod to Mother's day. What I did not remember, or maybe never learned, is that May 1 is also International Worker's Day or Labor Day. I was intrigued, and continued to read about the situation in the US that lead to an 8 hour work day, and 5 day work week. These standards that are taken for granted by most people I know were not easily won. In fact, there was protesting, rioting, and violence, toward the police and by the police toward protesters. The year this movement toward workers rights came to a boiling point was 1886. Read more about it here.
All of this has me comparing what happened then with many of the other hard fought liberties and standards I take for granted today, that were won by the commitment, action, and bloodshed of others throughout history . Even the protests and actions that have taken place in the last crazy year. It also has me thinking that it is really when human beings unite toward a common goal that large scale change can happen. And while the powers that operate against the highest good and freedom for all work to divide and conquer, the option is still available to each of us to identify and embody Liberty, make a decision to STAND for it, and unite with others willing to stand along with us to create the change we want to see in the world. You might wonder "how?" There is a great unifying field that we can all tap into. That field is Love. We find it when we turn within and seek it. Once found it acts as an organizing force that attracts and draws to us people and opportunities that resonate with Love. There is more intrinsic power in Love than in any energy that seeks to divide or enslave. While this may sound too simple, I have found that simple does not mean easy.
I invite you to contemplate what "liberty" means, and why it is so foundational in our US Constitution. If it seems important or valuable, maybe go that much further and test the other idea I've offered up. In the meantime, I hope you will join me for yoga this week. Click through below to see my schedule and join a class!
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