It’s Week 21 and we need distance and diversion now more than ever. Not only those, but we’ll also need energy and resolve for activism and action, and the chutzpah to do what it takes to effect change. As Mahatma Gandhi taught us, we need to be the change we wish to see in the world.
First, how about a really positive news story? A Jewish nurse was treating a mother who could not nurse her infant. What she did was wonderful. Read the details here.
Second, are you an empath? If you are a sensitive person who feels the pain and suffering of others, if you yearn to help, if you are a helping professional (a nurse, a teacher, a physician, a psychologist, a therapist or counselor, an advocate) you may be an empath. Self-care is essential for your wellbeing, and one way to engage that self-care is through the use of healing gemstones. Sivanaspirit offers us some great information on this subject.
Alice Coltrane, widow of musician John Coltrane, was a skilled musical artist in her own right. He had ordered a full-sized floor harp to be made for him, and the making of it took quite a while. Sadly, he died before it arrived. The harp sat for some time, but finally his widow decided to learn to play it. The following video features the lush jazz sounds she coaxes from this very harp. The New Yorker magazine published a comprehensive feature on Alice Coltrane’s devotional music that digs deep into her story.
The Sixteens above commemorate The Pixel Project’s “16 For 16” Campaign: “A campaign in honour of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence while raising funds for the cause to end Violence Against Women.” Definitely worth it.
Ready for some diversion? Here’s what I’ve got for you this week. You’re worth it!
Putting ourselves first is often wisest, especially when wishing to help others. As we hear from a flight attendant on every airline flight, we must put the oxygen mask over our own nose and mouth before assisting our children or others around us. So when we neglect our own needs in the service of others, we will not be able to do it for long. We must refill our own cup if we wish to share generously with others. Here’s a good piece by Marc and Angel: An Open Letter to Those who Always Put Themselves Last. You’re worth it!
Adachi Museum of Art in Yasugi, Shimane prefecture, Japan
One thing we must do for ourselves is cope as well as we can with stress. Avoiding stress is impossible, but drowning in it is usually avoidable. What can we do to minimize stress so it is less toxic and destructive to our lives and those who care about us and those who may need our help? We’re all worth it.
- Breathe deeply and mindfully to reduce anxiety; it works!
- Eat nutritiously and regularly; starvation is no virtue.
- Sleep at least 6 hours every night, but no more than 8 is best.
- Exercise at least 3 days a week and walk on the other days.
- Practice your spiritual or religious beliefs sincerely and often.
- Meditate, do yoga, pray or seek peace and beauty, as in the zen garden above.
- Live your values, which means understanding what they are.
- Give and receive love, affection and kindness freely.
- Seek help for your own problems: therapy, medical treatment or expert advice.
- Consider adopting a pet if your circumstances permit; they enrich our lives.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff (most is), pick your battles and put down the bat.
Moses Sumney is a recent musical discovery of mine, thanks to a video in a GQ article about Brad Pitt. The article is good, and Moses Sumney is definely “Worth It.”