These senseless and hateful killings are absolutely agonizing as is all racism and bigotry that still flourishes in 2016. As a white woman, I believe that it’s important to learn to empathically listen to the black voices of America and allow their collective soul to be heard. There is always a deeper understanding that I can cultivate towards those who have walked a different path than me. Secondly, I believe that we should all communicate our anger and demand for quick and effective change on a national level. In the wise words of Elie Wiesel, "Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Finally, as a yogi I use each of these horrific events as a trigger to go deeper within myself and examine any remaining judgements and criticisms that I ignorantly possess towards others. For while I view all life as equally precious I am always able to find ever more subtle remnants of ideas and beliefs that create some kind of personal sense of superiority and entitlement. I believe that it is important to acknowledge and respond to our reactions so that these wasted lives can count for something. May all beings be free and may the black people of America find peace, justice and prosperity.