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Climate control

The climate of the world right now feels almost unbearable. My silence here on the blog has not been to avoid the conversation; I felt that I wasn't ready to be talking and sharing.

I have not been silent in my own life, though. In fact I believe I am finally having the courage and decency to speak up and not only encourage conversation, but also offer my support.

The injustices and violence that are being committed daily in America against black individuals and against police officers, the senseless homophobia, the xenophobia and the acts of violence and terror that are occurring in America as well as the world...it's sickening. It's maddening. It's heartbreaking. It's exhausting.

It may feel like initially you want to turn away and protect yourself; that is understandable. Sometimes we feel flooded by negativity and we lose sight of the good in humanity. It is overwhelming to see all of the pain and hurt in the world, especially for those of us who are enduring some form of pain or suffering in our own lives. But we cannot turn a cheek. We cannot ignore our fellow human. We cannot abandon those who need support. We must listen, we must be open to reality.

You may feel helpless, but you're not. There is so much you can offer and do, and it doesn't have to be macro. Spread love and kindness and compassion. Show these qualities to others. Tell your friends and family that you love them, that you're thinking of them. Offer the man asking for money in front of your Starbucks a to-go cup of ice water on a hot day. Smile at people. Thank the people at the checkout, the people who bag your groceries. Thank your local police officers and firefighters. Ask people how they are doing and mean it. Make eye contact when having a conversation, and don't be afraid to engage in meaningful, deep conversations about our world's goings-on. 

Speak up when you disagree with someone's views, and speak up in a respectful manner - it's OK to disagree - the point is that you are standing up for what you believe in, what [I hope] is inherently good, and continuing and perpetuating the conversation; you're having a voice. You have a voice. We all have the right to use it in whatever form we feel most fit.

Here are some ways that you can take action, compiled by the incredible Kerri Kelly and her team at CTZNWELL.

  • Look up local actions happening in your community. Find out what is going on and attend. Bring your friends and family. Step out in boldness and support. If you don’t find a local event or you feel inspired to hold one yourself, read this inspiring account from Jardana Peacock about her Yoga for Peace and Justice action in remembrance of Trayvon Martin.

As important as it is to support others, we cannot neglect ourselves. Nurture yourself in these times. If you start to feel like you're moving more slowly, acknowledge that and go with it. Make sure you are eating properly (smartly and healthily!), drinking enough water, socializing with friends but also allowing for time to turn inward. For those of us that practice yoga, it can be an incredibly powerful tool in working through strong emotions. Get on your mat and move; put on music that fits your mood and move. If you're a runner, go for a run [safely]. Walk around your neighborhood. Meditate. Cook a nourishing meal. Read. Take a break from social media, technology, and the internet/TV when you need to. Go inward and show yourself that compassion.


- S

Wellness Wednesday

At the end of this past February, my beloved amazing uncle passed away. It is still a very delicate subject for me as I was very close to him. Without going into further detail, this event caused me to start to try and radically change the products I use daily. My friend Zoe actually pointed it out to me, I hadn't really put two and two together. As you've read, I started recently swapping out most of my beauty products, and now home products as well. I have started to try and change my diet into eating more local foods, less meat, less dairy, and less processed (to which I mean not zapping so much in the microwave or ordering take-out as often). I am trying to protect myself now from all of the toxicity and carcinogens that are in our every day products, and yes, it certainly stems from fear, but also I want to promote my own health and wellness. (If you'd like more information on educating yourself about this stuff, look here and here)

I've also, slowly but surely, started paring down my wardrobe. I want quality versus quantity; I don't want to have my drawers overflowing with things that fit "OK" or will fit if I lose three more pounds. It's silly! I admittedly have this slight quirk (for lack of a better word) that if I donate something - even if I haven't worn it in over a year - I'll have that day come where I'm like, "where's that shirt I love...OMG why did I donate it?!" It has happened to me before, and it’s frustrating. Realistically, I'm happiest with quality pieces that lasts for years, so why do I keep spending tons and tons at H&M and even Gap/Old Navy?!

Yesterday I finally watched the documentary "The True Cost" on Netflix, and I hate to sound naive but I had no idea the damage I have been doing to the environment and to human lives. I cried several times while watching, it hurts my heart and my soul how much these poor people are just trying to survive and yet they are so mistreated. We in America live in this sheltered little world where we sometimes turn a cheek to what happens in other countries. It makes me feel sick to type this, but it's almost like thinking I love this mass-produced dress, I'm not going to think about the tired hands and sore lungs that went into making it. Ugh, how sick! I strongly believe we have a responsibility to take care of one another - we are all human beings. We also have a responsibility to care for our beautiful earth. Educating ourselves on where things come from is the first step.

So I realize this is a bit different than my typical Wellness Wednesday posts, but I hope it sparks some thought and action. I also hope it is a good reminder for me to go further with this idea of living consciously fully - not just half-assed with diet and products, but truly fully. I do not receive a feeling of fulfillment from anything other than what is within, and therefore I will survive without the latest outfit from a major chain!

- S