Maybe you’re getting ready to March on Saturday or maybe you’re supporting others by cheering them on or perhaps you’re reading this after the March and trying to process all that has happened. Marching with others (literally and figuratively) reminds us that we’re part of a bigger community and that our individual voice matters. Some people march because they want to be surrounded by the energy of others who share their feelings. Some are angry or frustrated and want their voices to be heard. Some march for those who came before them or for their sons and daughters and future generations. Whatever is true for you, if you are marching this weekend in person or in spirit, you no doubt will feel the surge of energy of being with people who share your ideals and are not afraid to get out there and make a difference. It can all be exciting and unsettling all at once.
To help you stay centered, below is a short meditation to listen to before or after the weekend. It was created by Stefanie Goldstein, mom, psychologist, mindfulness teacher and co-founder of the Center for Mindful Living in LA. Stefanie is one of our teachers on Meditation Studio, featured as one Apple’s 10 best apps of the year. You can hear more of her meditations by downloading the app here.
Stefanie suggests that we:
- Take deep breaths to calm the nervous system
- Connect to our hearts, to stay in touch with what’s true for each of us
- Reflect on the many reasons that inspire us to march
- Know that we always have control over how we show up in our lives
- Bring the experience of the march with us when it’s over
- Take all the compassion and love you feel for those you are marching with out into the world
As the march ends and a new era begins, things may happen that you won’t like, but Stefanie reminds us that while there is much that we can’t control, we do have control over how we show up in each moment of our lives. We can decide to come from fear or faith, hate or love, kindness or confusion…from a place of disconnection or connection. Whatever lies ahead, you get to choose the big or small actions you can take to make a difference.
I hope that this meditation, and all of our Meditation Studio meditations, help you to feel strong, steady, grounded, loving and compassionate as you go forth to inspire positive change in yourself and in the world.
Originally published at medium.com