This has never been a place of politics. But it has always been a place of being present and showing up. It has always been a place (I hope) of quiet intention. And so I write with some trepidation today, not wanting to offend, not wanting to upset, not wanting to be part of the overload. But if I’m to be true to this space, to my presence and my intention (to my self), then what I write will parallel necessarily.
People are scared right now. People are angry. And people don’t know what to do. And I don’t claim to have answers, but I do have some thoughts.
Do not give in to hate or fear. It does not serve the higher purpose. Hating Trump and his cronies will not make them go away. Hating Putin will not make him go away. Hating terrorists will not make them go away. At the same time, be clear on your beliefs and values. Do not stand down, do not get complacent. Stand strong.
The other day, I listened to an On Being podcast with John Lewis. Lewis spoke about his protest days, and how the protestors were trained to look people in the eye. To look arresting officers in the eye. To look haters in the eye. To disarm them with human acceptance and compassion. To, in essence, love them.
I know it seems an oversimplification to ask people to stay strong with love. But I tell you right here and now that I believe this. With my whole heart. It’s the only thing I know to be true. I must love.
I must love my children and my husband. My extended family. The neighbors. The mailman. The dentist. Friends. The driver who cuts me off in traffic. The person who is walking down a war-torn street in Syria right this very minute, whose name I do not know, whose face I do not even see. I must love.
Start there. You can do that, and I can do that. You and I can extend compassion to every living soul on this earth. I’m not saying it’s easy. But it’s possible.
Here’s what else you can do:
You can write to your representatives and let them know you care about women’s rights/human rights/climate change/religious freedom/LGBTQIA rights/immigrant rights/insert your passion.
You can follow along here. They’ve got 10 actions planned for the next 100 days.
You can make soup for a sick friend.
You can donate food and clothes to a homeless shelter.
You can attend rallies and marches and town meetings.
You can stay as informed as possible on current affairs.
You can reduce, reuse, recycle.
You can buy a pin.
You can keep a list of gratitudes.
You can look people in the eye.
You can choose love.
Mix and match any of the above, as inspired.
Be true to you.
Stay strong with love.
And if you have more suggestions, please share with us in the comments below.
Sending a little love your way, m