for protesters and social justice warriors

A Spell to Recharge After Attending a Protest or Doing Social Justice Work

Materials:

  • A bowl of lukewarm water
  • Your favorite essential oil

To your bowl with lukewarm water, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. (Lavender is great for tranquility, while rose is good for love.) Place one palm up, facing the sky, and place one palm over the water, facing down.

With the face-up palm, begin to envision the universe’s energy coming into you. Feel it charging through you as a pure, white light. Say: I ask for the energy to stay active, healthy, and efficient. I ask to be replenished. I am a tower of strength and power.

Imagine that energy moving through you toward your other palm. Pour that white light into the water. When you feel you’ve sufficiently charged the water, wash your hands in it, rubbing them carefully together, making it a point to care for your body. Enjoy this moment for yourself, and repeat whenever you need to recharge your energies lost to resistance work.

A Mood Board Ritual for Making Things Happen

Need to rejuvenate your life in some way? You don’t have to wait until New Year’s Eve to make a resolution. Maybe you need to revamp your closet or work on developing a new, more confident you after scoring a big-deal job. Maybe you just need to stop using social media for a while.

In this moon-shattering ritual, you’ll make a magical mood board that will help you pull your ideas and inspirations together. It will help you meditate on your ideas and integrate them into your day-to-day life.

Materials:

  • Magazines, books, tarot cards, or any visual images of your archetype; pen and paper work too
  • Paper and glue, or a photo album
  • Yellow candle

Look through magazines, books, and other media. Find images that represent your goal or your ideal self. If you can’t find the right images, you can also draw them. If you’re looking to amp up your confidence, you might cut out pictures of people who deliver serious fierceness. You might print out an image of a tarot card that represents an archetype that inspires you.

Once you’ve collected these images, put them together as a mood board. You can paste them onto a piece of paper or arrange them in a photo album that can be your own magical flip book.

Add to your mood board as often as you want, and dazzle it up with glitter, flower petals, poems, or anything else that speaks to you.

Supercharge your manifesting by lighting a yellow candle beside your mood board during the new moon. Concentrate on the flame. Think about what inspires you and visualize the small changes that can make your mood board self come to life. Hold these thoughts in your mind each time you add to your board.

Put your mood board in the moon’s light to charge. Turn to it whenever you need a little dose of your own magic.

Meditation: Compassion For Suffering Of Injustice

Aware of breathing in, aware of breathing out (essentially using the gathas of Thich Nhat Hanh)

Aware of body, releasing tensions

Aware of heart, opening heart, tenderness to heart

Aware of emotions, holding in compassion, smiling, easing/releasing with breath

Notice own suffering of injustice – be aware, notice how it manifests in body, emotions,

Hold this suffering in compassion, ease suffering with breath –

Be aware of this suffering as a pattern in the world– visualize how it affects many people, take in this pattern of suffering, hold in compassion, send ease, wish for relief (akin to Tonglen practice)

Notice suffering of marginalized people…what are you aware of? See specifics, feel in your body, emotions, hold in compassion, send ease and relief in your mind…

Return to awareness of breath, ease, release of tension

Notice suffering of privileged people…see specifics…guilt, disconnection, feel this energy, hold in compassion, release, ease, send relief

Share what came up with a partner – listen deeply with complete acceptance.

Return to discussion with group: what did you notice, realize?

Brief meditation/reflection:

Return to awareness of breath, body, heart

Coming from the awareness of this evening, what are your deepest intentions for addressing the suffering of injustice? What step might you take? How does this feel in your body, emotions?

Closing: what are you carrying forth from this evening?

By Susal Stebbins Collins, M.A.

Loving Kindness Meditation

This exercise draws on a guided meditation created by researcher Emma Seppala, Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

Some Mental Health Ideas If You Are Stressed Out About Politics And World Events

While it often feels like there is no end to political madness, not all hope is lost: Your stress can be managed with a few mindful steps.

  1. Practice Self-Care
    Get 8 hours a night, eat nutritious food, and exercise. A regular sleep cycle can keep your mood regulated and decrease the risk of depression. Don’t underestimate the power of a good nap! Eating well-balanced, nutritious meals and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise or even a brisk walk every day can reduce stress hormones and increase endorphin production, boosting your overall mood and energy level.
  2. Leave The Table
    Political debates with family members, coworkers, and friends can often get heated and strain relationships. If it’s starting to get tense, leave the table/room for a bit and calm down, maybe even change the topic, or redirect the conversation when you come back. Conversations like that can hit a wall of no return if the conversation doesn’t stop before its boiling point. You can always come back to the conversation at a later date if you need or want to.
  3. Unplug, Disconnect then Reconnect
    I know, I know, it’s important to stay informed, it’s but it’s also important to know your limits. Scrolling through your news feed can leave you feeling exhausted, frustrated, anxious and overwhelmed, I know it can get to me. Take a break and unplug. Set aside a certain amount of time in the day specifically for news, politics and even those kinds of conversations with people, even casual ones. Give yourself a limit on how much time you spend protesting, campaigning, planning, etc….
  4. Take Action
    Don’t let yourself feel powerless, its unhealthy. It’s important during times of uncertainty to remember that you have a voice, use it. Join a local political organization, join a well organized non-violent protest, campaigning for a cause, get involved in the political process and/or volunteer. Direct action can empower you and cause you to feel hope for the future!
  5. Be Open To Hear All Sides
    Understanding the other side can help you see where and why they feel how they do. Shouting won’t do that. And we all need to understand why they feel how they do, it’s the only way to know how to navigate change. When talking to people who share opinions different from yours, try to listen objectively and show compassion for their points of view. Now not all points of view will necessarily lead you to feel compassion but this should always be the starting ground to change and resolution.

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