Are you getting thrown off-balance by the shocking pronouncements every day from the Trump administration? I have been wrestling with my heart, needing quiet, needing spaciousness to hear, underneath the din, the voices of the Spirits. I think I am coming to some clarity.
It is easy to want to pass along the latest Facebook post with one more horror that is being perpetrated on innocent people or the earth. So much outrage fills my heart when I hear about what is being done. But it is their plan to stun us with horror, so that we are debilitated and unable to act. So I plan to stop passing along horrifying posts. I will try to pass along posts of resistance and beauty and solidarity and compassion. I will also continue to post what news I hear from the resistance at Standing Rock, since that is often kept from the media.
Every week I am invited (via Facebook) to several rallies or vigils or demonstrations. I am happy to see people in the streets–it is important. But for me, I need so much solitude to keep on track, so much quiet to hear what is going on. Unlike some people, I don’t find it empowering to be anonymous in a passionate crowd. I can’t go to the rallies and marches every week. Maybe I can do this once a month. Rather, I need to make connections at a personal level. So when something is coming down that might be hurting people, I will try to reach out to those with whom I have some possible link, to offer more personal support.
Similarly, we’ve been encouraged to inundate our elected representatives to try to stop what is happening. I know this needs to happen, but it is generally not my own area of strength or passion. (I have also come to understand that petitions aren’t usually effective, so unless it seems particularly well-suited, I am not going to spend energy on those.) Phone calls are supposed to be the most effective way of getting counted. So, I have found a website that sends an email once a week, with simple options for making phone calls on the current issues. 5 Calls uses your location to find your local representatives, and provides phone numbers and scripts so that calling is quick and easy. I can do that once a week for 5 minutes, and maybe it might work for others too.
I don’t want the Trump administration to hijack my own calling, my own work. I don’t want to be overwhelmed with guilt or “shoulds” or some internalized expectation of what an activist must look like. The Spirits say to me, “Be a human being! You don’t have to have all the answers. You don’t have to be the “savior” of the world. Risk your heart. Use your preaching voice to speak the truth. Keep doing your core work. It is still necessary to wake up to our connection to the earth, our connection to spirit, our connection to each other. Stay centered in that work.”
Do you have core work that you need to do? Please know that it is okay to Listen.
Thank you, Myke. This column is a gift. I’ve been preaching on finding balance, and that we are each called to respond in different ways at different times (no one-size-fits-all) — and I have been struggling to practice my own words. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your discernment and practices. So much of what you write speaks to my heart and soul. Sending you my gratitude…
Thank you! so very hard to find balance right now… I am glad these words helped
I share our concerns and confusions. Good column. Very nice web page.
Best wishes, Bob Hill