Soothing In a Time of Strife

There is tremendous anxiety in the United States of America. One late night talk-show host, a comedian, admitted to crying nearly every day while reading the news. There is a sad division among family, friends, and citizens about many issues. This is unlike anything modern America has experienced. I imagine the closest we've come to this level of divisiveness in our country was the Civil War era.

What to do? This question leaves many feeling helpless and hopeless. It all feels so big—because it is big. Deciding the direction a country should go is complicated and messy when there are fundamental differences of opinion among its citizens. It is exhausting. 

For each of us to remain rejuvenated, grounded, and peace-filled are not luxuries—they are necessities for the journey. In order to take action for change, we need to come from a place of solidness within our own being. We must never believe we can be of help to others without the all-important commitment we make to take care of ourselves. To be the calm in the storm by taking good care of ourselves in body, mind, and spirit is not an “either I help others” or “I help myself,”  it’s an “and.” We can and must do both in order to take right action.

One way to make positive change is to be conscious of whether we are taking action from above the line or below the line. The results will be different based on our choice. Above-the-line actions are inspired by higher vibrating attributes such as love, kindness, compassion, inclusion, respect, joy, gratitude, etc. Below-the-line would be their opposites. We always get to choose, in each moment.

Sometimes below-the-line energy can send us in the direction of above-the-line action, where we can have better results, more aligned with our higher selves. For example, when we feel anger about something we’ve read or seen, we can (and should) feel the anger and then tap into the peace within us.

We experience the results of our current vibration. For those suffering right now, parents and children being separated for example, their situation can be elevated based on what WE do. By being authentic in feeling our feelings, moving into places of peace within us—and THEN taking action, we can become a blessing to the plight of our brothers and sisters.

Here are a few ways to do this:

  • Feel what you need to feel and then move on
  • Meditate or spend time in the silence to feel peace 
  • Stay engaged with life; don’t withdraw
  • Live in the present and keep your mind clear for the journey ahead
  • Spend time with high-vibe people to support one another and take action from an above-the-line perspective

Remember that we can not be fully effective at any cause when we are driving along with a wobbly tire. We got this. Let us not lose hope. According toDr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, “We were made for these times.”
Listen to my meditation, Flowing Like Feathers, here. 

Love and blessings, 
Dawn Morningstar
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