Words can only go so far. I’m so heartbroken over the election, the resulting hate crimes, and rising levels of stress, fear, and grief. I needed to “speak” my piece, and I best speak through art, so off to the studio I went…
I’ve learned it’s the heartbreak that lets in the light, that activates us, that wakes us up and makes us more true.
It hurts so much, but it makes us stronger.
Why is this happening to America? After decades of social progress? When there’s still so much much work to do?
Maybe the last vestiges of the old fears and ignorance are being brought to the surface so we can irradiate them once and for all.
The majority of Americans voted for compassion and intelligence, but due to a crazy system, the majority didn’t rule. Did you know Hillary Clinton received more votes than anyone, ever? So we can feel good about that.
As for the relentless and devastating news about these ignorant, hateful, greedy demagogues readying for rule… deep breathes. Allow yourself, soberly, to really feel what’s happening. Grieve.
Grieve for all the Muslims fearing deportation, all the Mexican children awake at night worried their families will be split up. Grieve for all the women fighting the nausea that almost half of society doesn’t care enough about our equality and dignity to vote accordingly.
Grieve for the land and the animals, the waterways and air, now in more danger than every before. Grieve, then let it go.
Great changes start with individuals; the basis of world peace is inner peace in the hearts of individuals. ~HH The Dalai Lama
To move us closer to world peace, make these 4 Powerful Changes:
- Focus on making your own corner of this world overflow with love, tolerance, generosity of spirit, kindness and compassion. Start small, and do everything with the spirit of liberty and hope. America isn’t dead yet. She’s an idea that hopefully will prove stronger than the ignorance and hate of the few.
- Use your dollar consciously. What kind of food are you buying? Is it organic and compassionate? What about clothes? Are they made with cheap child labor or in America? Have you given tohelp Aleppo, Planned Parenthood or the ACLU yet?
- How are your using your talents? What are you good at? Can that be harnessed to help people? Look deeply within and align your work with your greatest values.
- Now for the most important one, in my humble opinion. Go vegan. Yes, seriously! I’ve been vegan over 20 years and it’s super easy. There’s no excuse not to. How can you say you’re for peace and compassion is you’re still paying for the routine torture of innocent beings? Farm animals are inseminated and milked against their will (hella rapey!) Millions of baby animals are killed for profit. There’s rampant systemic abuse and terrifying slaughter.These animals deserve so much better.
Eating them only increasing your own fear and anxiety, because they release adrenaline and fear hormones at slaughter. I truly believe humanity going vegan will shift us into a new age of compassionate enlightenment. Veganism is a spiritual movement. Bonus: it’s the healthiest diet on the planet. Learn more at Recipes for Compassion, my food blog.
♥ ~ Meghan Oona