PROTEST, EVERYWHERE TODAY, TOMORROW, And…
Sunday actions on TrumpResistance.TODAY are focused on religious freedom and/or spiritual enrichment. Today we aim to do a little on each as we deal with the pain of this past week and gain strength for the week ahead.
Consider those who differ from you in their spiritual belief – could be a Christian, Muslim, Jew, Mormon, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Pagan, Atheist…and the list goes on. Our 5 Minute Action Today is to send love to them, and then reach out to a vulnerable friend.
What does it mean to send love to a person, place or thing? It means to wish them well, to desire good for them, to appreciate and to see their inherent worth. In every tradition whether religious, cultural, pagan or humanist there are rituals to acknowledge, accept and bestow good wishes. Each of us can create our own loving rituals. Thank you to Christie Hardwick, Spirited Contribution, for this…
5 Minute Action for TODAY:
Step 1: Find a quiet place to sit with paper and pen
Step 2: Create your loving ritual:
Try this love message or create your own:
May all beings be loved May all beings have peace May all beings everywhere be free
Your message can be words or a mandala or picture you draw that represents a blessing. You can share this silently or out loud, in person, in a note or message.
Step 3: Choose someone/something to love today, and give them this message
Step 4: Put your loving message into action:
For your family member or a friend who is Muslim or from any one of the 7 countries where we’ve closed our borders (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen), send a quick note to let them know you’re there for them. Make it in your own words, perhaps something like:
(name), want to let you know how horrified and sad we are about what Trump is doing to our country and the effect it’s having on our friends, neighbors, family, and people around the world.
Please know that we’re thinking of you and we’re so glad you are HERE to enrich our lives. If there is anything we can do to support you more visibly, let me know.
One of our team members sent a similar email to a neighbor today, and here was her response. It made us cry, and gave us even greater strength:
You have no idea how much this means to me. Thank you. It is easy to get bogged down by everyday life-and I understand how overwhelming it can get-but to vulnerable people there is no everyday life. All can turn on a dime. Sentiments like what you have expressed make all the difference.
I have a second cousin who is here on a green card lottery. She has breast cancer. Going back could mean a death sentence for her. There are hundreds of thousands in similar situations.
I don’t know how people turned so mean, but they did.
Again, thank you.
Thank you from the TrumpResistance.TODAY team
(and see you again tomorrow!)
We will be including this video with all immigration and refugee -related 5 Minute Actions. WE ARE ALL CONNECTED! (click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw7FhU-G1_Q)
For more information about Christie and Spirited Contribution, click here – http://spiritedcontribution.com/about/christie-hardwick/