This is a reminder in times like these. Everything is a sacred act. If I can live, move, love and breathe into this awareness, this becomes my Emergent reality.
I have been committing to radical self care with the support of several blessed communities and this week, because of intense burn out, and also the need to tend to the wounds of my soul as well as the tendinitis in my elbow…entered into deep rest.
What emerges from this for me is the recognition that all beings that seek to live in peace with the God of their understanding, the world and themselves have the right to exist as they are in each and every moment. Without apology. This is the world I want to live in and will co create this in solidarity with others who share this belief.
What emerges from this is the commitment to stand in my own power that doesn’t seek power over or power under, but empowerment. Knowing my own worth and affirming that in others. Speak my truth.
This week has been brutal. I chose for my own mental health to unfollow on social media a family member that espouses the hateful, separatist views of white nationalism. Equally toxic can be the call out culture on the left. The challenge for me is how to speak truth to white nationalism, the patriarchy and the hollowness of capitalism without becoming shrill and self righteous myself. I don’t always succeed.
This is what white supremacy, patriarchal culture desires. That we entrench ourselves in certainty and always remain in battle mode. That we forget about beauty. That we show up not allowing vulnerability, but hardness.
So, this is where we can get really subversive. We can allow vulnerability when we are working for collective liberation. We can transform our rage into tenderness. I can show up grounded, connected and open in my aging body in a consumer based culture that worships youth and a standard of beauty I consciously reject. (With some style and sass I might add!)
We can write poems to each other, anonymous love letters. Listen deeply. Share meals. Share resources. Wanting to take the transactional into transformational, my home studio offerings with yoga and the healing arts have all become contribution based. I don’t want to “sell” wellness. I want to co create a community of misfit seekers and lovers of life. So, let’s do this. Silence is not an option but joyfulness is.