It’s ok if I don’t know what to do. I am open and willing to learn.
Some serious shit is going down in the U.S. right now. (Well, it’s been going on forever, but I digress…) There are protests and riots happening all over this country because yet another black man was needlessly killed by a police officer. It’s appalling to me that this continues to happen in this country.
And I honestly don’t know exactly how to deal with all of it. Not just in dealing with things on a tangible level (should I go to the protest?), but dealing with things on an emotional/spiritual level.
So, I am doing what I can with what I have learned so far in this journey called life, while looking to people I admire when I need to, and following their lead. I’ll share some ideas with you which will make this longer than most of these affirmations. I have been trying to keep them short and sweet, but this one just needs more.
These are things I have learned over the years to cope with shit that is largely out of my control. I don’t have all of the answers by any stretch of the imagination. You can choose to use some of these ideas if you want, but I encourage you to follow your heart, making sure that you are making conscious choices along the way.
I am of the belief that most of the world’s woes are caused by people living unconsciously. We all have our own shit to deal with. We have old trauma or karma that we are not dealing with and it is fucking with our heads. I have met perhaps 2 or 3 people in my whole life who don’t seem to have any old shit holding them back. And who knows, maybe they have it too and I just don’t know them well enough yet. So I truly believe acting consciously is the most important thing we can do.
So, here’s what I do:
If you’re highly sensitive, read my affirmation on how to set boundaries and protect yourself before you start reading about whatever shit storm is happening in the world.
For God’s sake, feel it! Go ahead and feel whatever you’re feeling. Grieve, mourn, lament, be fucking pissed! Please don’t repress it or try to ignore it. It’s important that the feelings are heard and allowed to pass through you.
If you can do something, do it! I’m not going to tell you what I think you should or shouldn’t do. Just be safe! And I encourage you to be conscious of what you are doing. And remember that your motivation is not malice but love and compassion for those who deserve justice. For this I look to Mother Teresa when she said, “I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there.”
If you can’t do anything or don’t know what to do, educate yourself on the subject. Be present for those who are affected. Be supportive of those who are doing what you can’t do. Follow the lead of those who are doing things you agree with. Prepare yourself so that when an opportunity presents itself, you will know if there is a right action you can take.
Love. You might be feeling hatred right now, and that’s understandable, so be sure to take time to focus on love. Love your family, your friends, the good people out there doing great shit, the families of those affected, and if you can find love for perpetrators, there is not a damn thing wrong with that. For this one, I look to MLK, Jr. when he said, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Let go. When you’ve done all of this, you must let go; don’t let it eat you up. And keep letting go, because it’s a process and these are big issues and big problems. Let go of what you have no control over. Know that you’ve done what you can. Be grateful for what you have. Put more love out into the universe – Lord knows we need it.
Spiral level: ALL
Use when feeling: people, ugh!, scared, overwhelmed