Here’s a little secret about me: I HATE discussing politics and I will avoid it at all costs. Does this mean I don’t have an opinion or don’t vote? HELL NO. But for whatever reason, over the years I have decided I’m not good at defending my position and beliefs – so instead of getting into heated discussions with people who have different views . . . I just don’t go there. Period.
Sometimes this mindset extends into the realm of social issues that are pushing our comfort zones. I just choose not to talk about it. (How convenient!) But let’s be honest . . . it’s been a rough few weeks in the world, and now is not the time to be quiet. And as your trusty guide this morning, I’m going to give you some suggestions about how you might do that!
Think there might be room for more laws around Gun Control? Let your elected officials know by writing them a letter.
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Find your Representative
Don’t feel like you’re good at writing or sharing your stance in a way that sounds educated and clear? Use this template. You’re welcome.
If you live in a community that is mostly white (that would be me!), and aren't sure how to make a difference, ASK. Ask your African American friends, keep your eyes peeled on social media for groups that are making change in your community. Go to a Rally. Volunteer in a classroom where children can use your help. The bottom line is that doing something, no matter how small, is better than doing nothing. Need some help exercising courage in the face of racism? Watch this video:
In an interview with NPR, Danny Givens (friend and pastor to Philando Castile) was asked, "As a spiritual leader, what insight and wisdom are you giving to your community in the wake of this weeks' events?" This was his reply:
“You know, what I’ve told people is that right now the most important thing for our people is for the people who are grieving and hurting and, you know upset and all of those things about this particular incident is that we have to take care of ourselves right now. Self-care is the most important thing, that we take care of ourselves, that we be mindful of how we’re vicariously traumatized again by seeing this stuff, by experiencing this stuff.”
Just in case you didn’t get that . . . it’s about Self CARE.
Which brings me to today's prompt: How are you taking care of yourself?
Not everyone is the same, so there is no one way to practice good self care. If you're struggling with this, let me give you some ideas:
* Get a massage.
* Are you an introvert? Make sure you are getting your quiet time.
* Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure.
* Read a good book!
* Have a nice meal with friends.
* Exercise (No really - it makes your brain and body happy!)
* And one of my personal favorites . . . Go see Live Music!
Friday night I got to go see the Dixie Chicks with my best friend, which was SO AMAZING! (Also - Natalie Maines is my new girl-crush . . . I LOVE HER!) In all Seriousness though, music heals the heart and makes the world a better place. I highly, highly recommend it.
The last song they performed was Ben Harper's "A Better Way".
I believe there is a better way my friends, let's be a part of it.
Love and Light,
Meet me here on Saturdays for some weekly vibes - honoring the week that has past, and clearing the way for what's new. Gather your journal and favorite pen, along with a hot cup of coffee/tea/chai - and settle in for 30 minutes dedicated to YOU.