In the Name of Love

Since February 14th, I have been devastated, I have to admit. It was Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day when one of the greatest atrocities was committed at a school in Parkland, Florida. It has taken me all this time to sit with this and prayerfully ask, “What is my response? What am I called to do?”  So, I wrote a book called, A PLEA FOR PEACE and in many ways, it is a love letter to all of you; for all of us.  My Dear Sisters and Brothers, I write – don’t give up on peace.  Do not give in to hatred, violence, anger and condemnation.  I have seen postings that cross out thoughts and prayers and replace it with policy and change, but we need both. We do need to act for the highest good for all of humanity and for our children and for me, this means to always act from the philosophy of ahimsa. First, do no harm.  My heroes are Jesus, the Buddha, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King.  So, I wrote this book and I am inspired because in the time I have left on this planet, I am only more committed than ever to peace. It has been the intention and goal of my life and gratefully, it still is.

I know how hard it is and how much we feel overwhelmed and helpless; I write about this all the time with the hope that this blog will remind you that you are not alone and that you are in great company when you choose to act from compassion.

I know how many times you have heard “An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind,” but this is still true. Love your enemies as yourself is still true, while needing to make decisions to make us safe. It is a razor’s edge, but if your decisions are based on anger, you know that this alone will kill your spirit. It will drain you. It will make you ugly when you are beautiful.

I struggle each day to remember this and in fact, writing this reminds me, too.

I close with the lyrics from U2 and their song, Pride with the wish you take a deep breath and return to the path of peaceful resistance and to love.

Pride
One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come he to justify
One man to overthrow
In the name of love
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love
What more in the name of love?
One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man he resist
One man washed up on an empty beach
One man betrayed with a kiss
In the name of love
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love
What more in the name of love?
Nobody like you
There’s noone like you
Nobody like you
Early morning, April four
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride
In the name of love
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love
What more in the name of love?
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6 thoughts on “In the Name of Love

  1. Oh my gosh, yes, Nellie. In the name of Love. Compassion as an epicenter. I do believe in action to change what’s going on, but action with a foundation of compassion.
    Thank you for always go back to the center and helping others by reminding them of who they really are.
    Much love…
    Janine

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  2. It does feel like such a devastating time, Nellie, …and your words go straight to the heart. I imagine you may sometimes feel like a lone voice crying in this wilderness. But please, please, do not forsake us or this path. I, for one, am so grateful for your courageous reminders.

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    1. Dianne, I feel I am always thanking you for your support. And, it means so much. When I feel like the lone voice, I have to remember the footsteps I am following. Then, I sigh, in gratitude. For you and for all those who walked before us and who walk with us now – my hands are in namaste.

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  3. Nellie this is truly powerful in so many ways. In a time of chaos I feel grounded when I read this, as always in your writings. Thank you for always inspiring such positive words and thoughts. You’re a light in the dark.

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    1. Aileen, it really makes me happy to know you feel “grounded” when you read this. Peace is a ground for us. I am grateful it helps – that’s the purpose. May we continue to seek the Light, Aileen.

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