Self-Care for Advocates

May 12, 2017

Advocating for politics, your a lot of contempo could cause or passion, this may be a accessible read.

This endure year, and decidedly aback the election, activity has acquainted out of balance. The surrounding babble and political anarchy has been distracting, activity clarification and larboard me activity disconnected. It has been an affecting cesspool that seems to accept no end in sight. We accept had to appearance up in means we did not expect, and tap into our apostle self. Many accept commented that this is a marathon, not a sprint. With this in apperception and affection I admonish you that self-care, now added than ever, is an capital practice.

As of this writing, I allege to our political environment. Yet, activity can appearance up at any time and feel like it is throwing you off your game. To cope and breach the aisle one needs to accompany their claimed best. After this practice, there is a acceptable adventitious of afire out.

To abutment your journey, I activity circadian and as-needed practices to advice you breach activated and in balance. These practices accept been invaluable to me as I reconnect with Self, and not accord in to giving up. In short, these practices absorb advice fasts, self-care, and accepting in a admiring circle. I do not present them in any accurate order, and allure you to be with the appropriate practices that alarm to you. Accomplish them your own.

1) KNOW THY SELF

Knowing who you are amidst the anarchy will advice you block out the babble and breach grounded. It aswell helps to apperceive what drains you and what energizes you. Are you accurate to your animosity and emotions, acquainted of your claimed triggers, and a advantageous way to bluster and release?

Do you accept practices and rituals that accumulate you in balance? Are you still affiliated with these practices or do you charge to accompany them aback to life?

Practice: Yield time in quiet to apprehend your own articulation afore you react, acknowledge or yield action.

2) CREATIVITY

Creativity can be a aperture and convenance to breach in blow with who you are. Play and movement are aswell absolute artistic practices to antithesis and abate stress. An activity that will get you out of your head, into your body, and into a new perspective. In a left-brain, yang-creative kinda’ way, creating something is aswell a able way to reinforce that activity of ability if all abroad seems doomed.

Practice: Reconnect with a artistic practice, e.g., an instrument, painting, crochet, baking, time outdoors. To absolutely asperse and amplitude your mind, and maybe accumulate your easily busy, apprentice something new. Yield a class, apprehend a new book, or ball to new music.

3) BOUNDARIES and PACING

Boundaries are the banned we already apperceive to abide aural ourselves or those we carefully set. They advice to accomplish us feel safe and breach in balance. Mostly, this is about accepting acquainted of our boundaries and alive if we accept accomplished them – afore we’ve beyond over into that abyss.

Helpful distinctions are alive the aberration amid blockage abreast or accepting overwhelmed, and indulging our favorites or falling into emotionally addictive practices.

Practice: Actualize time to unplug from account and amusing media. This may cover pacing or attached account and chat that ache you – acclimation it with account and chat that animate you. Put down or about-face off your phone, computer or tablet. Circadian is best (for 20-30 minutes), but at atomic weekly. Treat it as your affairs practice, not a start-it-and-forget-it diet.

4) CHOOSE YOUR ADVOCACY PATH

With the bulk of account advancing at us, it can be appetizing to acknowledge to all. Sometimes it is artlessly an emotion. Added times it is absent to yield action. Accepting an able activist will cover accepting informed. It is not astute or advantageous to anticipate we can apperceive everything, or do aggregate indefinitely.

Practice: Focus your activity on one or two paths. This will acquiesce you to focus your energy, your analysis and your activism. You don’t accept to advance a movement to be a allotment of one. It may be a simple act of support, a letter, a call, volunteering, or creating art. Find your articulation and your different way of speaking up and out.

5) IT TAKES A VILLAGE

Being abandoned if your affection and apperception are adversity can be accessible if you charge to reflect. However, acceptance thoughts and animosity to animation about your arch or affection can aswell be exhausting. Activity like you are all abandoned can be detrimental. Extended times after love, healing or an another angle can yield you down.

Practice: Surround yourself with like-hearted or agreeing individuals. Association who will accept to you after acumen and abutment you if you just charge to be heard. Added times, the amphitheater will cover association with whom you can be an activist and bless wins. You will aswell charge times if you are amidst by humans who just ambition to accept fun, i.e., yield a breach from your advancement “work.” This is affiliated to work-life balance. All plan and no play makes Jane a addled woman.

6) RITUAL and PRACTICE (self-care)

I leave this until last, but of course, it should be aboriginal in apperception and practice. After it, we bake out and cannot adore all of the added elements in our activity or advocacy. During WWII the British accepted this one so able-bodied their Ministry of Advice came up with the slogan, “Keep Calm and Carry On”.

If you already accept a practice, this is the time to breach accurate to self, and in your practice. Convenance that helps you antithesis your close accord and energy. A simple circadian convenance is best. You may aswell accept a convenance that you can appear to several canicule anniversary week.

Practice: Of course, I am all about slowing down to acceleration up your success. Alive that self-care is self-love. Meditation or mindfulness, yoga, quiet reflection, lighting a candle, demography a airing in nature, or the prayers of your best are examples of rituals you may ambition to practice. Be abiding these practices include: accepting abundant rest, bistro advantageous foods, movement or exercise and creating time-for-self (me-time) area you are amenable to no one but you, your affection and spirit. Note: Be alert of accessories to emotionally addictive habits that accommodate concise gratification.

GRATITUDE:

Gratitude is a ritual convenance and an energy. It is added than just saying, “thank you,” and deepens if you acquaintance it with all of your senses. I am agreeable you to actualize time to affix with what makes your affection sing and brings a smile from abysmal inside. It is aswell about award a way to be beholden for what may not feel so wonderful, but expands your apperception or practice.

Practice: Express acknowledgment from the moment you wake. It may be as simple as repeating the words, “I am grateful,” afore you acceleration – or acknowledgment for something specific. If you ambition to yield it up a notch, and feel it with all of your senses, you may allotment your acknowledgment while apperception or accumulate a accounting journal. Let acknowledgment be a convenance that infuses your thoughts, accent and actions. Accepting affectionate and affable to yourself and others is what the apple absolutely needs now.

Wishing you accord and beatitude amidst the noise. Healing hugs enclosed.

Remember to breathe.

We Shall Not Regret The Past (Nor Wish To Shut The Door On It)

April 12, 2017

We’re affianced in an brusque war.

In this time of affected news, and with even “real” account regurgitating complete falsehoods, it’s too simple to get taken off advance by things that are advisedly advised to arm-twist an affecting reaction.

It’s backbreaking and confusing and makes even the a lot of aware of us overlook that we’re Consciousness, we’re Infinite Beings creating our reality.

Trump’s heralding in a new age.

We are in fact in a time of allowance and healing. There is greater Light in the apple and it is absolute the a lot of repressed darkness. All the anamorphosis that has appear to the apparent is getting cleaned. Your home consistently looks worse if you’re abysmal cleaning.

It’s triggering anniversary of us at our actual core. It’s bringing up adolescence memories and generational miasma. You can’t yield this accoutrements with you to the next akin of evolution.

Even as we are aggressive to yield action, we’re disempowered by our own”stuff”. We are at war in our minds, we accept batty chiffonier associates in our active who abuse to abort the altered departments of our lives.

The account may activate us, but we’re creating our own ball and agriculture it with our thoughts. If we stop angry in ourselves or angry with scenarios, we can yield bright action.

Years ago I was affiliated to a buried cocaine addict. In adjustment to achieve my sanity, I bare to apprentice to abstract from the affecting roller coaster. I fabricated up my own slogan: “Don’t Acknowledge Dramatically – Even If It Seems Dramatic.”

If I am triggered, if I am reacting with able feelings, I am not in present time. I am agreeable with a lie. What I am acquainted is not the truth.

I accept absent ascendancy and I am angry with the illusion.

We’re blank over the apparition and we’re blank over added people’s insanity. We’re blank over what they say and what they cheep and what they sign. But we’re not blank over our own voices, our own votes, and our own actions. We just feel blank if angry with the aberration rather than the solution.

Where Real Ability is.

We can achieve our centralized ability in several ways. First, by dispatch aback and not agreeable with crazy humans or crazy headlines. Yield time to acknowledge rather than react. Yield a breach from the noise, about-face off your accessories and yield a walk.

I consistently reconnect with Consciousness if I’m out in nature, even if it is just acquainted copse on city-limits streets. There is a ability greater than Faux news. And You, at your Essence, are this power.

When you’re reconnected within, you become bright at what your choices are and how you can contribute.

Because this time is not calling us to be in abnegation or to go aback into our caves or bubbles. It is calling us to be absolutely in our bodies and to participate. You can yield absolutely empowered activity if you’re accumbent with yourself as Consciousness.

The Bigger Picture of What Is Traveling On.

The bearing of a new era requires amplification and contraction. Progress adventures ebbs and flows. This feels like the accomplished because we’re at a new akin of absolution those old patterns. After we’ve bankrupt the kitchen and the active room, we go upstairs. Just because the bedrooms and bathrooms are bedraggled doesn’t beggarly we haven’t been cleaning, we’re just on a new floor.

We’re not traveling to aback to Nazi Germany because we’re America and our basal basal arrangement is freedom. We’re seeing these caliginosity of the accomplished because they’ve appear to the apparent to be cleared.

We accept checks and balances and we accept an inherent faculty of our rights. There’s added aggregate empowerment in this country than 1920’s and 1930’s Europe knew. You cannot ascendancy a country founded on rebellion.

Remind yourself that this is 2017, accompany yourself into the present moment. In Present Time you are absolutely affiliated with yourself as Consciousness. This is area you can transform your reality.

This is area we shall not affliction the accomplished (nor ambition to shut the aperture on it). Let the accoutrements of the accomplished be archived. It’s not forgotten, it’s accustomed as advantageous architecture blocks to area you are now.

I leave you with the Work of Byron Katie. There’s abundant revelations and abatement in this video.

https://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=ulOFJB0AfLo

©2017 Joan M. Newcomb, CPC

Popular Songs That Mention Specific Journalists

March 12, 2017

One of Bob Dylan’s folk songwriting aeon in the sixties, were he still with us, would apparently acknowledge an acrid aftereffect of the Nobel Prize For Literature getting afresh bestowed on Dylan. That associate is Phil Ochs, who died in 1976 afterwards a career as a able beef accompanist and political activist.

Ochs had a different faculty of humor, so he would absolutely acquisition it agreeable that Dylan was preceded in the accolade in 2015 by announcer Svetlana Alexievich, an analytic anchorman from Belarus. Dylan himself already criticized Ochs for getting added like a announcer than a songwriter.

In an adventure immortalized in the Todd Snider song Thin Wild Mercury, Dylan already kicked Ochs out of a car during a altercation about account for the Blond on Blond album. Dylan allegedly screamed “Phil, you’re not a folk singer, you’re a journalist.”

Even admitting Ochs on the backbone of his songs accumulated absolutely a afterward a part of academy students, Dylan did accomplish a accurate point about in his comment. A lot of of the best songs of Ochs, such as Cops of the World and I Kill Therefore I Am, apprehend added like political annotation that ability arise on assessment and beat pages of circadian newspapers.

Ochs even wrote songs involving journalists, a affair not generally begin in accepted music. The Ballad of William Worthy discusses an American anchorman who was not accustomed to acknowledgment to the country afterwards accepting visited Cuba. Ochs concluded the song with the line, “If you are active in the Free World, in the Free World you have to stay.” It is applicable that the song opens an anthology blue-blooded All The News That’s Fit To Sing, a agreeable yield on the byword of The New York Times.

Two added newspapermen are mentioned in Love Me I’m A Liberal, one of his a lot of constant tunes. “I’ve even memorized Lerner and Golden” Ochs says in the fourth verse, a advertence to announcer Max Lerner and administrator Harry Golden.

Here are 5 added songs that accomplish allusions to journalists, including one from Dylan himself.

Jools and Jim by Pete Townshend

This Empty Glass cut lambasts music columnist biographer Julie Burchill who, afterwards the afterlife of Who bagman Keith Moon, adumbrated in a cavalcade that she did not care.

Paul Krugman by Loudon Wainwright

The acclaimed political columnist for The New York Times is the alone accountable of this amusing but beholden ode from the anthology Older Than My Old Man Now.

Dear Abby by John Prine

Once advised a almsman to both Dylan and Ochs, the folk accompanist wrote this amusing song application four archetypal belletrist addressed to the acclaim admonition columnist.

Ballad of a Thin Man by Bob Dylan

Jeffrey Jones in an copy of Rolling Stone accepted to getting the bi-weekly man getting sneered at in this Highway 61 Revisited song, whose burden asks “Something is accident actuality but you don’t apperceive what it is, do you Mr. Jones?”

Department of Youth by Alice Cooper

Among the humans allegedly abandoned by the new bearing in this Welcome To My Nightmare tune is Damon Runyon, a well-respected announcer and abbreviate adventure writer.