I am a big believer in the idea that everything happens for a reason. That series of events are all connected in one way or another. Over the last few weeks we have been taking inventory. Making space for peace in so many different aspects of our lives.
Cleansing internally and externally in our homes, creating space for more Joy, Hope, PEACE. If you have been following along with me on my journey, then you know that we have been preparing for this exact moment in time. We have been doing the work internally on ourselves in order to be equipped to keep our peace within.
In light of the last few weeks, it may feel as if we are at a crossroads of sensory overload. The hurt, pain, anger and despair all rolled up into one. It can feel so very overwhelming especially since we have been doing the work in creating our peace.
This is a reminder to be kind to yourself during this time. To give yourself grace during a time that is completely like nothing we have ever seen. Now more than ever we have to dig down and activate those tools of peace. We are unsure of the road up ahead and it is important that we are the very best versions of ourselves on this journey. Taking time to refill our cup so that we may continue to stand against racial inequality.
Choose Peace. Seems like a very easy concept, but in times of trials and stress its one of those easier said than done deals. Managing peace within yourself is your only job. It is so very easy to get swooped up in everything happening around us and to allow all those things to put us in a place of despair. It is also extremely easy to look the other way and numb yourself to the things that are happening in the world. There is a way to be present in the conversation while also protecting your peace.
Taking the steps……..
The very 1st step to protecting your peace is understanding your triggers. Triggers are very personal and different for everyone. Understanding the things that lowers your energy can give insight, letting you know when you may need to unplug or walk away. Like all things triggers can be both positive and negative. Finding ways to add more of the positive triggers over the negative triggers is key to mastering managing your personal peace.
Create boundaries within and around yourself with those triggers in mind. Be open and honest about the things that you need from your friends and family. If need be, give insight to your loved ones about the things that they may be doing that is contributing to your triggers.
Quick Things You Can Do
Feel all of the emotions. Emotions will rise. They will change and they will come in waves. There is no rhyme or reason as to when or why they may shift. Feel each emotion as it comes because they are valid. If you need to cry, take the time and space to cry. Each emotion is our pathway to navigate and we honor them by letting them come + go.
Unplug from things that can drain your energy. Phones, social media, news and even people. There is a way to stay informed as well as take care of yourself through balance. Take breaks. Take them often when needed. Get off social media, turn the news off, put the phone down. Not all news or information needs to be consumed and ingested, if you are noticing changes in your energy in a negative way this may be a trigger for you. Managing peace and your mental health is way more important than being in the know or plugged in.
Active tools of peace. This will look different for everyone. Whatever activity that brings you peace and refills your cup, do it! If thats taking a indulging in self care, meditating, cooking or painting take the steps to replenish yourself.
A very wise person once told me that “you can’t pour from an empty cup” and I am a firm believer that it is our responsibility + top priority to make sure our cup stays on full. Take whatever steps you need to take to protect your peace and remind yourself often that although we are in the same fight together, that your journey won’t look the same as the next persons. There is so much work to do and we each have our own part. Take care of yourself, so that we can take care of each other. Take care of you friend.