Morning Sun + 3 simple ways to refuel yourself as a change maker
This is part two of a 2-part blog series on how to disarm hate and be an agent of change for love, justice, and healing. You can read part one here.
Morning sun, morning sun
Come my way, come my way.
Come my way, come my way
Take my pain, take my pain.
Take my pain, take my pain
Down below, down below.
Down below, down below
Cool waters down below.
A dear elder of mine here in Maine taught me this song. It's a part of my morning ritual to sing each line four times as I hold the intention of feeling the good energy of the sun clearing away my pain, connecting me to calm, grounded, radiant energy.
This morning practice is one of the simple ways that I refuel and nourish myself as a woman, mama, healer, and change maker. I often practice this in an Eastern facing room in my home.
As you read the rest of this article I invite you to reflect on a simple morning practice you'd love to cultivate or deepen, one that maybe only takes five minutes, that can help you refuel, reconnect, and recenter as you begin your days.
I want to speak to the inner work I believe we need to be devoted to as we embolden ourselves to step outside of our comfort zones as women, parents, change makers, and light workers in the 21st century.
Here are the kinds of questions I’ve asked myself over the last couple of decades (and last ten years since having kids) that have had the power to stop me in my tracks more than once.
- How do I courageously navigate the path of activism when it feels so socially risky and even physically perilous at times?
- How do I find the inner resolve to be a change maker in a way that gives me life rather than drains and exhausts me?
- I’m a mama, how can have the time and energy to care for my girls and these big issues we’re all facing?
- What if it’s all for nothing? What if my actions just don’t matter?
These questions have, at times, plagued me over the years and it’s my guess that they’ve shown up you from time to time, too.
And here’s where my answers land for these questions today.
I may not be able to “save the world” but I am mighty capable of spreading the message far and wide that I love and accept all people of every color, ethnicity, religious background, sexual orientation, and sexual identity.
And although human impact on climate change may have already reached it’s tipping point I am mighty capable of living in greater harmony with our planet, respecting her precious resources, and letting my government and the companies I buy goods from know that I demand sustainable options.
Although I may not be able to “heal” every person and problem on the planet I am mighty capable of being a healing presence for each person and cause I have the privilege of interacting with while I’m here.
I believe that you, too, are here to be a loving, healing, truth telling, activating presence for good on this planet.
Here are a three simple ways I encourage you to deepen your own practice of refueling, reconnecting, and re-centering into your change maker energy:
- Take time every day to unplug and tune out of the news, social media, your phone, texts, and even your friends and family. Take at least 5 minutes every day to BE with yourself in a way that awakens you to your sacred voice, your inner wisdom, you creative flow, and your connection to spirit.
- Cultivate loving, vulnerable relationships with women who are devoted to being change makers and light workers in their families, lives, and communities, too. You may form a small group of women who can circle up and meet monthly to share triumphs and challenges along the journey. I don't know what I would do without this touchstone in my life!
- Let the mundane moments of your every day life be in an intentional part of your spiritual practice. Take small steps to get into the habit of experiencing every moment as your personal practice as you navigate the mundane with your kids, family, work, and friends. Practice mindfulness in the moment. Remember to breathe. Hold the intention that each moment can be an opportunity to breathe back into your center, your truth, your essential energy.
As a mama I don't have hours a day set aside to find my truth on a mountain somewhere.
My magic, my joy, and the ways I refuel are simple. They don't take a ton of time.
But the more I choose to create magic in every moment, the easier it becomes for me to be a powerful leader and change maker.
Whether your leadership and change work shows up in the way you parent your children, create positive change in your work environment, run a soul-centered business, or take the streets as a sacred activist, your powerful presence is needed.
And the only way you and I can harness and sustain our power as strong women of purpose and impact (what I lovingly refer to as Mamas on a Mission!) is to continuously refuel, recenter, and come home to the nourishing practices that allow us to flourish.
To your flourishing as a woman and change maker,