Be the Light in the Darkness


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I feel like many of the people who follow this blog are spiritually minded, empathic, lightworkers, healers and peace loving people. I like to think that you read my posts to look for insight into life and living as a better person. I try to share my own experiences in exploring spiritual growth and self-awareness. I occasionally get a bit ranty about social injustice, but for the most part it has been an introspective journey.

Now, I suspect that many people who think (or feel) like I do have hit a wall. The state of the world and the blooming of racism, hatred and social injustice has left a huge, painful hole in our heart. Those of us who are extremely empathic may literally feel the effects physically. We are at a loss for what to do.

I have historically tried not to be too political on this blog (ranty bits aside), but this may mark a change in that policy. Not so much to argue which party is better or worse, but because I feel that the time has come to stop being a quiet supporter of human rights and become a more vocal supporter. It is one thing to simply believe. It is another to do.

water-drop-384649_640I think that part of the problem is that most of us who are highly sensitive, loving people tend to try to avoid negativity as much as possible. We avoid it because of its effect on us physically and mentally. (Not to mention, people might notice us!) We try to spread peace quietly and unobtrusively, but we don’t want to cause too much fuss, not ripple the water too much. Certainly not make any waves.

Unfortunately, it would seem to me that the time has come to break out of our comfort zones and start making sure that EVERYONE knows that we stand up for peace, social justice, and humanity. Too many politicians take for granted the words of a vocal few ignorant, hateful people whose ideals match their own. We need to make Humanity the new political party. We need to do our parts to not let the last 150 years of civil rights and social justice backslide any further than they already have.

What can we do? Find the niche that speaks to you. Write about it. Call your government representatives. Counter messages of hate and disenfranchisement with those of love and inclusion. Learn more about religions that are different than yours and speak up to defend them when you hear someone speak disparagingly about them. Come up with ready responses to hate speech, racism, bigotry and intolerance. Be an example.

How can we protect ourselves from the emotional and physical impact this is bound to have on us? I have written a few things on this you can refer back to, and I’ll try to share more helpful information going forward. Meanwhile, you can check out this post:

I feel like one of the important things to try to remember when we’re working to counter intolerance is to not let ourselves drop to their level. It’s so easy to feel defensive and argumentative, to let hateful words spark our own hateful responses. Rise up. Try to keep your words calm and rational. This is why I recommend having some prepared responses for certain situations, it allows you the opportunity to step back and respond rationally, with less emotion. Don’t be condescending.

Do your research. Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet (even things you agree with). If you’re going to share educational information or statistics, make sure they’re accurate, maybe go one step further and provide resources. Be the smart one.

candle-1338927_640For my first step forward into the darkness, I will be attempting to use this blog to bring awareness to social issues and hopefully sharing some ideas for what spiritually minded, empathic people can do to help. Additionally, I will continue to try to encourage and support you with guidance on self-awareness and spiritual growth. It’s time to step out of the shadows and do our parts to bring light into the darkness. Be the beautiful lightworkers you are.

What Ruins Your Christmas?


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A little while ago, I overheard a conversation between two people about holiday shopping. They were lamenting the running around and deciding what to get and how much they were spending and THEN getting it all wrapped up and ready to go. One of them commented at the end of the conversation, “It really almost ruins Christmas, you know?” The other person solemnly agreed. I was left speechless.

I know it’s likely that they weren’t even considering the words they used, and technically they did say “almost”. However, those of you who’ve read more than a few of my posts know that I regular comment about the words we choose to use. In this case, maybe the words don’t directly affect the health and well-being of the person using them, but then again, maybe they do.

Are they taking for granted the fact that they have time and money to run around holiday shopping for family and friends? Are they grateful for the fact that they have family and friends to shop for? Do they think about the fact that there are people out there who don’t have a festive tree set up in their homes, and who haven’t done any Christmas shopping because it’s all they can do to afford food?

What “ruins” a holiday for someone, particularly Christmas? A difficult shopping schedule? Or putting away the special ornament you bought for the baby that was never born? Too many family members to buy presents for? Or wondering what to do with the gift you bought for your father who just passed away? Too much prep work for Christmas dinner? Or wondering if you’ll have anything to eat on Christmas Day?

Don’t forget that other big holiday we just celebrated that maybe sometimes gets lost in perusing glossy store ads and early morning “doorbusting” shopping sprees. Once the leftovers are gone and Black Friday passes, it is still the season to be thankful.

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Good News Day 31: This Humanitarian in Nigeria Has Us Under Her Spell


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Credit: Awomkenneth

While witch hunting is a shameful part of American history, in Nigeria, it is a deeply engraved part of their culture that concentrates primarily on children. Even though it is illegal to persecute “witches,” the practice is still widespread and other countries see it as a human rights violation. Humanitarian Anja Ringgren Loven is in the midst of the persecution, attempting to save and provide protection to children accused of witchcraft.

Read more here: http://the-daily.buzz/humanitarian-nigeria-under-spell/2/

Good News Day 30: Chef Wins Reality Show and Uses Money To Feed Chicago Homeless


We’ve got an appetite for any story about feeding the homeless.

Source: Chef Wins Reality Show and Uses Money To Feed Chicago Homeless

Good News Day 12: Veterinarians With Big Hearts


Coming from many years of working in the veterinary field, I know many wonderful human beings who are veterinarians, technicians and assistants. We know it’s not all about just getting to hug puppies and kittens all day, and sometimes the number of terrible things you see happen to pets due to human ignorance or cruelty can be exhausting. Being able to reach out and connect with even just one animal that desperately needs it reminds you of why you do what you do in the first place. ~Tricia


 

When this frightened puppy wouldn’t eat, a veterinarian climbed into her cage and shared his own food with her.

Source: Vet Crawls Into Rescued Dog’s Crate to Show Her How to Eat (WATCH)

Good News Day 11: The Power of Touch


 

Setting aside judgement and fear to help someone in need. ~Tricia


 

Source: Ehab Taha

A woman’s kind-hearted gesture made a world of a difference to a man who was “being aggressive” on a train.

 

 

Source: Photo captures elderly woman’s kind gesture to aggressive man on train

Good News Day 8: Today is Random Act of Kindness Day


883018_10151984067433014_287721524_oWhile every day presents opportunities to be kind, take a moment or two today to make someone else’s day with a little random act of kindness. Stuck for some ideas? Here are a few to get you started:

  • Smile at a stranger
  • Send an anonymous gift
  • Bring treats to work
  • Send a friend or family member a homemade card
  • Leave positive comments on a blog or post
  • Compliment a friend
  • Compliment a stranger
  • Brush the snow off someone’s car or clean their windshield
  • Leave a positive message with management about a waiter or cashier or other hardworking employee of a business you frequent
  • Help your neighbor shovel snow (or mow the lawn, depending on where you live!)
  • Leave sticky notes with positive messages on restroom mirrors
  • Pay for the coffee/toll/snack of the person behind you
  • Pick up an extra bag of dog or cat food and drop it off at a shelter
  • Offer to return someone’s shopping car for them while they’re loading their car
  • Say “Thank You” to someone making a difference

There are countless ways to make someone’s day a little brighter. What random act of kindness will you do?

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