Y’all: the news from this week has been troubling. I often find that the marriage of self-care, activism, and political awareness is a fine line to walk. The last thing I want to do is flail about and tune out every bit of news that is hard to deal with (because also, there would be no news to listen to otherwise), but since January 21, I’ve found myself feeling so powerless that it’s hard to figure out just what to do that will actually mean something. Sure, I have marched and rallied in airports and in the streets, and I’m branching out and getting involved in our community, but I’ve been doing that for ten years—and right now, it feels like it’s not enough.
I took my kid to a family meditation a few days ago and spent an hour surrounded by people who were all about reaching inward instead of outward, who promoted calm introspection, as opposed to untempered emotional wilding out. It was my first time attending something like that, and both of us walked away from the experience feeling good and feeling focused. I’m hoping to carry those lessons learned into my life on the regular, and to also find a way to temper emotional stability and civic engagement.
In the interest of not rambling, I’ll bow out now and leave it to you—but I’d love to know how you guys are finding balance in the chaos, and how you’re keeping yourselves charged up and politically engaged, but also not burning out and falling asleep at 7 p.m. every night for a week straight (true story).