Unfathomable violence, inequities, disaster, devastation are heavy on my heart and mind these days. Oftentimes it is hard to make meaning out of the unthinkable. Chaos is everywhere. Change is everywhere. Love is always the answer and yet never feels like enough when people are hurting.
Equanimity can also feel virtually impossible- especially if we are already operating in overwhelm in our daily life. Back to school rush, schedules out of balance, opportunities flying everywhere and commitments piling up- modern life has a way of burying us under distractions that don't really point us in the direction of our purpose or our desires.
I cling to the mantra- “Do what you can, from where you are, with what you have” in times of crisis. Checking on our people, donating money and/or time, reaching out to organizations and leaders that can make change, using my skills and privilege where it is impactful is what feels right as current events unfold. Keeping my focus on hope and love and offering that to others.
But creating a long-term, sustainable way of changing the collective world is also needed. Changing the inside of me and how I respond to my own chaos matters too. Revealing the true purpose in my heart and then aligning my schedule, bank account, commitments towards those intentions start ripples that can open me up to the change I seek.
Oppression, conflict, disaster and chaos wants all of us to numb, continue with status quo, make surface level impact, feel helpless, and stay distracted. Choose something different. Be radical and choose non-love with love.
It is world mental health day today. May you take the action that has been in your heart to support your mental health if you have been so called. You are worth it.
Sending all my love out to all those hurting from violence in our world.