I’m going to go out on a limb here and write about something slightly political. I really dislike Black Friday. I especially dislike that it is now happening on Thanksgiving. Brutal honesty: I think it’s shameful, sickening, depressing, and telling at the same time.
It’s shameful that corporations are expecting people to work on a holiday and spend time away from their families.
It’s sickening that people push, shove, shout obscenities, and sometimes trample others just to be the one to get a deal on something made in China.
It’s depressing and telling that we as a society have come to this. To me it speaks to a massive and still growing void in our spirits. We have spent too much time in concrete jungles and away from nature. We’ve spent too much time staring into mini-computers instead of connecting with another human being in a meaningful way. We’ve spent too much time trying to fill a void in our lives with things instead of going inside of ourselves to find peace, love, and joy.
I have been telling my students to boycott Black Friday. I do this in a light-hearted way, but to me this is actually very serious. We are feeding our egos and doing it at the expense of our hearts. Each time we choose to feed the ego it grows and it’s hunger only gets more ravenous. Each time we choose to silence the ego and the egoic mind, we make room for Presence, for Source, for the Divine.
I’ll be 30 next year and I can tell you after years of drinking, smoking, and partying to cover up my pain, fear, and sadness, this is the happiest I have ever been and I know it is because I have chosen to turn away from the ego and expand my heart and spirit. I have chosen to do this through yoga and meditation. No matter what way you choose to dampen the ego and expand the heart it is for the greater good. When you improve yourself, you improve the world. When you open up your heart to see past your imperfections and perceived “failings” you open your heart to do the same for others.
So, this Thanksgiving and Black Friday, choose LOVE. Choose love for yourself, your family, and strangers you will never meet. Choose joy. Choose peace. Choose God. Love people, not things. You don’t need more stuff and your family doesn’t either. If it is something you truly do need, it can wait until everyone has had a chance to sit down and connect with their families for 1 single 24 hour period.
Be the Change you wish to see.