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Awesome Stories 363


Each of these stories from Brad are awesome. But the passionate words from Valarie Kaur about revolutionary love moved me to tears and hope. She shares her personal experiences as a grand daughter, mother, and activist about how to love others, love our opponents, and love ourselves.

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This week Awesome Stories brings you revolutionary love, interbeing, and warriors of the spirit.

Revolutionary Love

Valarie Kaur delivers a passionate plea for love in her recent TEDWomen Talk. I found her talk incredibly vulnerable and moving. Having experienced racial hate firsthand, Valarie faced many inner battles to emerge as a champion for love as a tool for justice. Her love has been forged in the fire of deep inner work. She defines “revolutionary love” as the choice to love to those who are different, those who oppose us, and ourselves. She believes we need to extend love in all three directions for it to be integrated and sustainable. Her story of how and why she became a love warrior is incredibly moving.

Interbeing Instead of Scale

We don’t create movements; if anything, they create us, arising like swellings in the ocean, the sum of millions of ripples that feed…

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

11 thoughts on “Awesome Stories 363

  1. Agreed JoAnna. Valarie’s talk is very inspiring and evocative.

  2. Thank you, JoAnna for reblogging this and I will go visit Brad now! I believe in unconditional love, trying to turn the other cheek and possibly drawing others to find out the reason Why? It is because this is how Jesus would wish us to act. Through faith and love we can make a powerful difference. . . ❤️ 💒

    • I agree! One of the things I appreciated about this was that she talked about loving ourselves, too. I’m reminded of how Jesus took time out in the wilderness. She also talked about how hard it was for her to love her opponent at times. Very human.

      • I agree, JoAnna! She was very human and kind. We must love ourselves before we may truly appreciate others. We may not always do the right thing, but trying to is important.
        Thank you so much, it was good to read this today.
        On the personal level, I need advice. I have chosen public places​ to meet the different online men, but always offer to go for a walk.
        One man I enjoyed messaging suggested I give him my ph # and by next Sat, I might be comfortable enough to “make out with him!” (Our first meeting would be at a Bob Evans that day.) Am I being a prude to say I am changing my opinion or is he joking? He added “Lol” on this.

        • I don’t think you’re being a prude. You have a right to change your mind. If I understand this correctly, you have not met him in person and he’s talking about making out. Joking or not, this is a red flag, at least a yellow one. It’s certainly not something a gentleman would say. You deserve to be treated with respect. Ask questions. Trust your gut, which often means taking your time. If you go for a walk, keep it public and well lit. That’s my 2 cents. :). Feel free to let me know how it goes.

  3. Wonderful, thanks!

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