February 16, 2012
We celebrated Valentine’s Day by joining forces with LoveATX to organize a Love Brigade- a parade up Lamar to Whole Foods during rush hour promoting and expressing LOVE. Twenty of us pranced around the street corners, shouting love serenades to passer-byers, decked out in pink costumes, stilts, instruments and signs saying “Love With All You’ve Got”.
Why? Love is much more than a feeling shared between two people, it is embracing life, unity, benevolence, positivity; it is the light instead of the dark, but in the darkness there is always love present; it is the space in which all energy flows; it is God; it is compassion; it is nurturing oneself, others, animals, and the planet; it is the essence in which we are all made…
We find it necessary to help take our larger community, including frustrated strangers in rush hour and mystery shoppers at Whole Foods, baby steps away from consumer culture (I, me, my, buy, competition, breaking each other down) and closer towards community culture (I, you, we, cooperation, collaboration, and building each other up). Don’t get us wrong, we do shop at Whole Foods and went on a dinner date after the brigade. But, it’s nice to have a reminder about the balance of both worlds.
We ended the evening by marching through Whole Foods with our Love Signs, shaking our tambourines and banging our drums; essentially sharing our bliss with all the Whole Foods shoppers. The florist gifted each of us roses, and we put a smile on a lot of people’s faces. It was a wonderful exchange of Love-In-Action. If we can make just one person smile, it’s worth it. Times that by a thousand and it’s a major success! And it makes us really happy in the process too. Win-Win!
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi