Living in Italy, I’ve been thinking lately a lot about the concepts of hatred, violence, and separation.
With the recent traumatic affairs of Brexit, not everyone reacted the same way I had. Some took this opportunity as a chance to think and reflect internally, while some took this opportunity to express their ideas.
This morning I read through the numerous social media posts written by people living in the UK on episodes they witnessed after the "Leave" won.
“Go back to your country”.
“Pack your stuff and go away”.
“Make Britain white again”.
“Stop immigration. Start repatriations”.
And so on.
Apparently now more than ever, society feels that it is acceptable to openly express racism (hey, welcome back to the 1930s).
Not that hidden racism is acceptable, but we’ve come to a point that humiliating and releasing bad behavior onto immigrants is considered a “political view,” despite the fact that most of the immigrants have been living in the UK for 5, 10, 20 years and have been contributing to the wellbeing of the Nation as hard working citizens .
What is scarier and even more dangerous is that racism is not just in the UK, but it is now everywhere.
So I wonder: is it possible that we don’t see that this is a battle of the have-nots?
Meaning, don’t we see that the act of creating conflicts (citizens vs immigrants, blacks vs whites, etc) is just a distraction to divert our attention from the fact that very few people, the power elite, has the power to make decisions to control our lives?
The more distracted and the more divided we become, the more power and control they gain. We have become too busy to really understand who should be the target of our fight. We’ve become less free and more enslaved.
Don’t we really see this?
I don’t want to be controlled or enslaved, I don’t want to end up being racist or attacking other people who are just like me. I choose freedom, I choose brotherhood/sisterhood, I choose kindness.
I want to fight for what really matters, by committing socially and environmentally. I want to create and evolve my community, embrace others, remain open to sharing ideas, debate respectfully, and elevate energy and consciousness.
Because, ultimately, my answer to hatred is Love.
I hope you too will choose freedom, kindness and Love and will become a part of the change.
So I’ll leave you with a chant, a prayer to Love.
May our hearts acknowledge and be open to Love.
May our words be a hymn to Love.
May our minds shine in Love.
May our lives be an example of Love.
Written By: Eleonora Cosner
Eleonora is a Yoga Teacher (200RYT, RPYT), who lives at the border between Tuscany and Umbria, in the heart of Italy. She calls herself an #earthandsoulwanderer, due to her love for traveling and soul wandering. She is a multipotentialite and a polyglot (she fluently speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish). When she is not teaching yoga or working on her laptop, she loves wandering in the woods, devouring books and engaging in deep conversations with her loved ones.