We are living in a time of radical change. Instead of 'Making America Great Again' I feel that we are doing the exact opposite. As protests and opposition come at what seems to be every turn, there are still many that agree with the negative rhetoric and justify all the destructible actions being put forth. The public is just not backing down and the potential for escalating conflict is looking all the more real. Listening to people on the left and the right talk about politics, why do I continue to be amazed at how two people can look at the exact same thing from two polar opposite viewpoints? I understand this is what makes the world go around, but damn! The assault against women's rights, immigrants, sacred Native American land, the environment and all the overt racism is taking our state of the union into scary territory.
At times I experience conflicting emotions of fear, hope, anger, shock, faith, disappointment, powerlessness, pride, overwhelm, sadness and everything in between. My entire existence is rooted in blending cultures and the mixing of races. I was raised with an open-mindedness that we can love what is different from us, a hope for a more peaceful future (hence my name), an inner knowing that we are stronger as a whole.
Aside from being proactive and fighting the good fight for our rights...what else can we do? If we don't take care of ourselves first and foremost, how can we help others? How can we practice compassionate understanding of those with opposing views? We are all being put to the test.
Self-Care Survival Tips for Activists and beyond...
Connect with loved ones. Reach out to a long lost friend, call your family, reconnect to nurture your close relationships. I just finally caught up with an old friend I haven't spoken to in a year and it brought us such joy to touch base and get updates.
Engage in community. We all benefit from like-minded souls around us doing interesting things. Stay connected, take action together, play, dance, hang, whatever...just build community. I feel so grateful that I have nurtured an incredible neighborhood community of friends. A few of us activist-minded moms get together to discuss the current state of affairs and decided to roll together to the Women's March in NYC....the morning of the march we noticed that we had 46 protestors join our posse called the “Bed Stuy Pueblo” and off we went. It was incredible to experience and it was another reminder for me to have gratitude for the years I have dedicated to nurturing relationships in my community that has deeply enriched life for myself and my family.
Carve out time for fun. Don't be too serious. Yes we all have a thousand things to do, but be conscious of the need for fun and laughter. It is proven that laughter has major long-term health benefits.
Enjoy nature. Sometimes just noticing the beauty of nature has a calming effect over us. Carve out time for relaxing within nature or do what I do...practice walking meditation while observing nature. Of course, surrounding ourselves with nature has countless wellness benefits as well.
Tap into your spirituality. Whatever higher being you connect to, keep the faith close to your heart and top of mind. I'm what I call a recovering Catholic that now is a practicing Buddhist. I was thinking I'm all spiritual now until on two different occasions, my spiritual advisors told me I was disconnected to God and need to reconnect. I was shocked in one moment and then I realized it was true. I was so into being mindful that I wasn't talking to “God” for years! My reawakening came when I chose to reconnect.
Connect to the joy in our lives. This is what I see can support us through these challenging times. At the book signing of “Wake Up to the Joy of You” by Agapi Stassinopoulos (Arianna Huffington's sister), aside from her being a dynamic speaker, one thing she asked the audience to do is to bring joy into our daily consciousness and share that joy with a “joy buddy.” I thought that was a great idea. Sharing your joy brings us a deeper sense of joy and gratitude. Try being conscious of your daily joys and either journal or find your own joy buddy to share with.
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