It's less than one week after Peace Day. I hope that many of you were able to participate in Peace Day events or checked out the coverage streamed on the website. It indeed felt like a rhythm of change, which is the title of this week's featured song, by Daniel Morones.
Rhythm of Change is a beautiful production in all of its layers, and it reminds us to "see the beauty as each day passes by." It even suggests that we see beauty even in times of sadness, because "death will take its usual toll... but in times of death, life still flows."
A few days ago, I spoke with a woman from the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Just days after Peace Day, they honored the Dalai Lama of Tibet with the Freedom Award. Now, I've never met the Dalai Lama, but everything that I've read of him and by him tells me that he would agree with Daniel's statement.
When he visited the Civil Rights Museum, he placed a white scarf on the wreath that hangs outside of room 306 (where Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968). The white scarf is a Tibetan tradition. The color symbolizes purity of intention and aspiration. It is an ancient custom to bring a white scarf as an offering when visiting a temple, shrine, or teacher. Now, the Dalai Lama has likely received thousands of these scarves, but on that day, he chose to give one to Dr. King.
So, there he was on the balcony -- a man who lives for peace, standing in the footsteps of a man who died for peace. "In times of death, life still flows."