Remembering our heroes and heroines

Thich Nhat Hanh wrote that “The main thing we need to remember is that the past and the future are both in the present, and if we take hold of the present moment, then we also transform the past and the future.” Yes, I am coming to realise that when we take care of the present moment, we take care of the past and the future. It could be that the past will become a memorial for us to see how far we have come and how those who have gone on before us have paved a way for us to enjoy greater freedom. The future will become a promise that all is well taken care of because we are creating or setting the tone on how the universe continues to work in our favour.

On a similar note, when I felt the desire to seek new inspiration earlier today, I found myself searching the name “Sandra Bland” on Twitter. I asked myself why and upon looking within me, it occurred to me that there is power in remembering those who have gone on before us and have suffered and died for a good and noble cause, such as social justice and liberation from the oppression of institutional racism.

Perhaps this is the reason Jesus asked his disciples to eat and drink in remembrance of him. Jesus himself was a revolutionary who spoke up and stood up on behalf of the oppressed and the downtrodden, the marginalised and discriminated. In a sense, Jesus represents all the revolutionaries who came before us, who live in our time and who will come after us in future.

So, when we eat and drink in remembrance of our heroes and heroines, we are doing this in remembrance of Jesus, and vice versa. History thus becomes meaningful and empowering. Life no longer feels like it lacks purpose, for we will be inspired by the eminent examples set by the revolutionaries, and we will want to live a more conscious life that seeks to liberate ourselves and those in our life from any kind of negative conditioning of the societal system, or any dysfunctional system or mindset for that matter.

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