Six Ways to Cultivate Unity Consciousness + Ease Overwhelm in Troubling Times by Rachael Rice

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We're living in a time when we are being called to look hard at what kind of world we want to create, and how to resist the forces of anxiety that would have us immobilized by fear. Like Ali said to y'all recently, "Spirituality without action doesn't work, and action without spirituality doesn't work either." So a way forward is to understand is that true unity comes from solidarity. And solidarity work is sometimes uncomfortable, but will ensure we all get free. What I know for sure is: we are all in this together. And so we must work together for our collective liberation.

Some simple ways to start:

  1. Ground yourself. Set aside five minutes after waking up to just stretch and breathe. You can do it while your coffee brews. NBD.

  2. Connect your gratitude practice with your privilege, whether it's economic privilege, racial privilege, gender privilege, able-bodied privilege, etc. Being grateful for our privilege helps us take the shame out of the equation while also expanding our capacity to take action as we focus on all the resources that are available to us. Lucky, blessed and motivated people change themselves, change each other and change the world!

  3. Make justice a part of your self-care. It's an essential nutrient for deep relationships and a radiant heart. Looking deeply at who needs more support, more access, more representation, more inclusion helps us in turn become more resilient and bumps up all those feel-good neurotransmitters.

  4. Toward that end, seek out and amplify non-dominant voices. Be of service, not a savior. Centering the needs and works of folks who have been marginalized is a powerful personal development practice as it pushes us to keep learning and growing beyond our insular bubbles. On social media, adjust your feed to be really diverse. Share content from those diverse voices. For some belly laughs and incisive commentary, check out Luvvie. Or the poetry ofLee Mokobe. Or the art of Demian DinéYazhi.

  5. Commit to reading non-dominant voices for six months, or even a year. I recommend Nayyirah Waheed's Salt, Feminism is for Everybodyby bell hooks, and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's An Indigenous People's History of the United States.Check out the hashtag #liberationlit for a virtual crash-course syllabus.

  6. Get local. Connect with someone in real life outside your demographic. Talk to a neighbor you haven't met. Bring some food and coffee to a homeless shelter and talk with folks, learn their names. Volunteer at a school. Shop, eat, and buy from minority-owned businesses. Make your day-to-day an open-eyed meditation on unity. Spend time getting to know your bioregion and the natural world where you live. What are the local medicinal plants? What peoples were there before you? Find ways to connect with nature, even if it's just planting a little herb garden or walking barefoot in the moonlight. Notice how much the earth literally holds you up. Find ways to honor that.

Consciousness can change in a matter of moments. Some people think this is magic. I think it's only natural. There's an intersection of choice where we build new worlds, and resistance where structures that are obsolete and must be dismantled. Let's meet each other there