We Are the Ones

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We are powerful, and we need to embrace that. Love is part of the answer. Speaking truth to power is part of the answer. Right effort is part of the answer. Waking up is part of the answer. “A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back - but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman

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VERSE 1
do you take the time to notice
all the world as it goes by
do you ever stop and listen
to the flutter of a butterfly
have you ever paid attention
to where the rainbow ends
do you slow down, meander
are you mindful, my friend

CHORUS
occupy your mind
occupy your heart
occupy your spirit
we are the ones we’ve been waiting for
occupy your reality
occupy your community
occupy your serenity
we gotta be the change we wanna see

VERSE 2
do you ever do a nice thing
for someone you don’t know
can you sometimes drop your anger
let it be and let it go
can you listen to another
with no judgement in your heart
can you allow everybody
to be just who they are

CHORUS
occupy your mind
occupy your heart
occupy your spirit
we are the ones we’ve been waiting for
occupy your reality
occupy your community
occupy your humanity
we gotta be the change we wanna see

VERSE 3
we gotta share the abundance
of this little earthy sphere
oh the people want equality
and it all begins right here and now
we gotta take care of each other
we’re all one family
there is a path that leads to peace
and it all begins with you and me

BRIDGE
lovingkindness
compassion
joy
equanimity
patience
understanding
generosity
community
intention
non-harming
gratitude
respect
mindfulness
waking up
truth
peace

CHORUS
occupy your mind
occupy your heart
occupy your spirit
we are the ones we’ve been waiting for

occupy your life
occupy your truth
occupy your body
we’re gonna dance the revolution

occupy your reality
occupy your community
occupy your sanity
we gotta be the change we wanna see

occupy your mind
occupy your heart
occupy your spirit
we are the ones we’ve been waiting for


“Until we can control our own violence, our own anger, our own hostility, our own meanness, our own greed, it’s going to be so, so, so hard to do anything out there. So I think of any movement for peace and justice as something that is about stabilizing our inner spirit so that we can go on and bring into the world a vision that is much more humane than the one that we have
dominant today.”
~ Alice Walker

“Mindfulness is awareness, cultivated by paying paying attention in a sustained and particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

“I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A lot of people are waiting for
Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi
to come back - but they are gone.
We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.”
~ Marian Wright Edelman

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from Family Values, released November 6, 2012

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Fermenting fun amidst the organic and inspirational environment of San Francisco, Charity and the JAMband have spent the past decade-and-a-half serving up delightfully groovy tunes for young ones and their big people. Come join the JAM! www.jamjamjam.com ... more

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