“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”Kitty O’Meara
I want to take a moment here to acknowledge that in light of recent events, we need each other more than ever. While everyone is in this together, some folks are suffering more than others, and have been suffering for a very long time. Those in abusive households, those who are unable to work and have been unable to work due to disability/inaccessible transportation, etc. For those who are free-lancers, artists, dependent on events and community. For sex workers, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, for those getting paid minimum wage being forced to jeopardize their safety, for single parents who have to work, indigenous groups who have been denied rights continuously. The list goes on y’all. Now is the time to understand improving the system is NOT enough. We need a political revolution and we need it NOW. With all this being said, I don’t want to harp on policies, media, or create any more panic in the world than what already exists. However, we cannot deny the structural and systematic issues that are being highlighted more than ever.
Now is the time to dive deeper into ourselves. Now is the time to analyze our privileges and our power. Now is the time to reflect on who you are, what you are attached to, and who you want to become. How can you use what you’re going through to help you better navigate this world in the future?
I know personally, I’ve been struggling with the unwavering uncertainty—feeling without purpose, fearful, and unsteady. It has been very hard for me to ground myself and come back to the practices I know make me feel best. Technology feeds into my desire to tune out, making it all too easy to get consumed in mass information dumps, forget the time of day, and even neglect proper hygiene. So, this is a reminder to you and me that self-care is presently CRUCIAL. Living without structure can be uncomfortable and scary, but I am so sure that many beautiful things can and are arising from this stillness.
If you’re not in an ideal living situation, I feel you. I see you. The glorious thing about self-care is a lot of practices are free and require little space. Stay thankful for the opportunities present at this given moment; technology allows us to stay connected and access an abuncance of resources, but we must be mindful of our usage.
Be gentle with yourself. We got this.
Here are a list of things that others, including myself, have shared on how to be okay right now:
Reading more, practicing gratitude, learning how to play an instrument, having a dance party (alone, virtually, or with loved ones), playing with animals, writing letters to friends or face-timing them, painting, creating any art form, exercising, drinking extra water, loving-kindness or walking meditations, watching Ted-Talks or documentaries, catching up on personal projects, having a self-care tracker, being a part of a virtual support group, curating collections of happiness out of photos and videos, making a tentative schedule, finding pleasure in the little things, and trying to shift my perspective among the chaos. I’d love for you to comment any other tips or tools you’ve been using to support yourself and share them with others!
Here are a few journaling prompts I’ve created to hopefully guide you into self-reflection and making a plan of action:
Below are some links to my current favorite playlist, podcast, and online yoga teacher!
Yoga With Adriene: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene
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