Yesterday, which was Independence Day in the US, I woke with the thought, “What are you for?”
While pondering that question it occurred to me that there is much chatter on Twitter and Facebook, in newspapers, on TV news, and in other media about resisting, protesting, or being against something. My next thought was, “What would happen inside of us, in our communities, and around the world if we were to focus more on being for something, instead of against it? “I stand for equal rights.” “I believe in my freedom and rally for myself.” Is that too naive, idealistic, or unrealistic these days? Are those ideals already part of the mission of the marches we’ve seen recently? Yes, when people rally together, and express their anger, doubts, worries, and fears, it certainly can attract headlines, and lead to change. Sometimes, shouting it out makes a difference.
I looked on-line for an example of a movement that embodies the ideals above, and came across this:
THE WOMEN’S MARCH MISSION
The mission of the Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. The Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and create entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. Women’s March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.
Here is a headline from the New York Times about the Women’s March, which took place on Jan.21, 2017: Women’s March Highlights as Huge Crowds Protest Trump: ‘We’re Not Going Away’ (Full story here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/21/us/womens-march.html
That search led to this:
Which led to this:
So what the heck is my point here? For me, “What are you for?” is a chance to re-align with things that allow peace, kindness, generosity, and compassion to flow through me unimpeded.
What are you for?
ESSENTIAL OIL tip for the day:
Combine a drop of Peppermint and Wild Orange oils in your hands. Rub your hands together, then bring your hands toward your nose without touching your eyes, and take a gentle breath in. A little shot of support for mental clarity, and calming.