Book I am reading: Life Visioning by Michael Beckwith
Are you feeling stuck right now? I know I have felt that way over the past few months. In trying to pull myself back into a productive mode I have been listening to this book from Beckwith over the past two weeks. He describes four stages of spiritual growth that allow for the realization of your life’s purpose. The four stages include; victim, manifestor, channel, being. I absolutely love the framework that he provides as well as the meditations that he includes throughout the book. Take a listen. You will thank me for it!
Free movie I am watching: Just Mercy
This week I grabbed a couple of hours to watch a FREE film (on amazon prime this week) that I feel like is relevant to our current social environment. Just Mercy, starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, tells of a young African American Harvard graduate lawyer (Bryan Stephenson) who starts his law practice in Alabama attempting to assist inmates on death row. Each of the men he works with have been serving life sentences due to the lack of a fair trial, including significant racial prejudice. Although this movie is hard to watch at some points due to the hate exhibited by the police it is a great reminder as to why we must push for change in our country. Bryan Stephenson has also come out with a book by the same name (Just Mercy) that is supposed to be amazing. Enjoy!
Quote I am pondering: “Until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes, me say war.” ~ Haile Selassie and later used by Bob Marley in his song “War”
One of my all-time favorite songs is “War” by Bob Marley. Marley, who took the lyrics from a speech given by Haile Selassie, directly addresses the division between “first class” and “second class citizens” based upon race. He also talks of a lack of peace that will continue until this separation is eliminated. Unfortunately, because we as a society have yet to be able to create a free and just culture, we have run up against this problem once again. I am hopeful that although we may need to experience pain as a country for a while to get there, that this time we will raise our collective consciousness to a level that recognizes that all people, INCLUDING BLACK PEOPLE, deserve to be treated fairly. Let us all take it upon ourselves to be the example at Aligned Life as to how our society should act.
Have a kick ass week everyone!
Dr. Devin Shea, DC