Here are some ideas I will focus on if you get “activism with heart” coaching from me (in person or on the phone). But you probably don’t need private coaching – and these ideas will function as a little free standalone coaching session for you.
- Don’t take action too fast. If your action is scattershot, ungrounded, you are liable to get nowhere and end up discouraged.
- Don’t act before you get really clear about your present state. Why are you reading this blog, this page? What are you dissatisfied with – maybe even in some pain about – in your response to our country’s predicament? This clarity will really help you when you are ready to take action.
- Don’t take in too much information. Getting overwhelmed by all the negative information coming out of Washington, Alabama, Puerto Rico, etc. – without some satisfying way(s) to respond – can be very toxic.
- Don’t act out of pressure or guilt. You need to do things you want to do, because they somehow fit you and you have some hopefulness that they will make a difference.
- Don’t take on too many commitments or try to do too much at once. Go to the For Starters page and pick one thing to do first – something that jumps out at you. If nothing jumps out at you, then journal or meditate and seek your own option – or just wait.
- Love yourself. Be proud of yourself that you are addressing this. Know that you are capable – maybe even amazing – more than good enough to wade into these waters.
- Find your light saber. What are your gifts/interests/growing edge? You might decide to make calls not because you are naturally good at it, but because it’s an edge you want to lean into.
- Get help: this blog, a friend’s listening ear, my coaching.
- Act in community: your local ecstatic dance group, your spiritual community, that community’s social justice group, your local chapter of MoveOn, Indivisible, the Sierra Club, the Democratic Party, etc. (see the Political Action “Groups” page). Moving into these political waters can be scary and toxic – you need your people with you.