In the first post, I gave you some physical things you could do to support your body as we move through this post-election upheaval. Today we shift from pragmatic physical things to pragmatic energetic things. Here you go:
Go to Your Go To’s. When things get highly charged and dire, we may start making Very Elaborate Plans. Now is the time for go-to tips and techniques. What are your oldest spiritual and energetic practices? Walking the dog? Reading poetry? Sun Salutations? Do them faithfully. Don’t get fancy.
Keep it Simple. Meditate for ten breaths. Say your oldest mantra. Re-read your favorite guide. Your soulcare does not need to be robust, but it does need to be consistent. This is how we grow capacity to stay in the cycle of grieve-heal-work. (Because we don’t just get to grieve and be done, sisters. This goes round and round. Resilience and capacity is key.) Too overwhelmed to even think? I like the Chopra Center’s meditations. (With Deepak and Oprah.) There’s a free series on line right now, and you can download it to your phone. I do them in the tub. Champion meditators wouldn’t find them very robust, but they carry me through and are helping me grow.
Epsom Salts. This is a actually both a physical help — as they help with inflammation (think achy shoulders and upset stomachs) — and epsom salts also energetically grounds you. I use them religiously. Six cups to a tub full of water is a therapeutic dose. No tub? Soak your feet. And a bonus — they are cheap and at any drugstore.
Crystals and Stones. In the past few years I’ve begun to work with these healers. I like black tourmaline for absorbing dark energy and pink quartz for filtering through All the Feels that are floating in and around me. Lay them on your chest, sleep with them under your pillow, or carry them in your pocket. Don’t know what stones to work with? Hover your hand over a row and see which ones feel warmer or “buzz.” You can also go for a walk and pick up a stone or shell that you are drawn to. No fancy items required. In my experience working with earth medicine helps draw out an over-abundance of energy and compost it — saving me from physical and emotional pain, and clearing me out so I can do the work at hand.
Slow Your Roll: This is a marathon not a sprint. Taking time out for spiritual practices communicates that fact to your mind/body/spirit.
Circle Up. Gather up people who can support you in healing and justice. Pantsuit Nation or the Feminist Fight Club might be right-fit for you if you need an activist group to call home. (If so, hit me up on Facebook and I’ll can invite you to the groups.) Or you might want something a bit more intimate, with a calmer vibe and some consistent soulcare, we’d love to have you in Flock. our online soulcare group for female-identified folks. It’s free, and very supportive. Again, the website is down (hacked), but I can add you on the Facebook group here.
As I said yesterday, I know I usually have more poetic ways of putting things, and this list is not my normal way of speaking. But it’s what I’ve got today — and I’ve learned through many traumatic experiences that these things really do help. So here it is! If this was helpful to you, please pass it on.
If you’d like some ongoing support, feel free to book a mentoring session with me or join our free, online soulcare community for women, Flock. Because it’s like I always say, “there’s nowhere to go, but together.”