Updated: May 21
There was peaceful protesting yesterday and some rioting downtown. Later, they fired off a lot of teargas. As I live close, my eyes burned late into the night. I worry about people who were shouting and sweating together without masks and coverage. I worry about our officers. I worry about the spike in illness this may cause in about 3 weeks, as we phase into opening.
That said, I believe in our American right to protest. I believe we are currently living a revolution with massive change on the horizon, and we’ll be stronger together if we wake up to the fact that the world as we knew it last summer is gone and has been changing for some time.
Here in Sonoma, we’ve had fires, floods, blackouts, and illness—pretty much every elemental form of wakeup from the earth telling us that our life, our social structures, our relationship with the earth—all need to change if we want to remain abundant and successful. We don’t know what this fall will hold— we can’t keep hoping things will be fine. We need a new hope and vision.
We’re entering a time with many decisions to make, where each of our actions will dictate great outcomes. We can act from a place of fear and anger for all that isn’t right, or we can act from a place of compassion and forethought, building a new reality without bare hands, brick by brick.
We need to be present in the moment if we’re going to climb out of a hole of heart-wrenching protests, national political division, and the possibility of imminent death.
We’ve got to remember that love can also mean looking with a kind and compassionate eye on our neighbors... it can mean forgiving people who do things we don’t understand instead of shaming them, and setting healthy safe boundaries while also extending ourselves where it’s easy to help lift others up—physically, economically, emotionally, or even through kind and thoughtful words.
If we’re going to successfully navigate an economic crash and depression, we’ll need to be creative, flexible, and united in spirit.
Those of us who are still prosperous need to keep working, because our financial stream of spending will help hold this system while we in our local communities begin to create new solutions to deal with untenable realities. Homelessness, hunger, loss of freedom, illness—altogether that’s a grim picture. But if we remember that we all have a role to play and that together we all have the community abundance to lift each other up and preserve life, then we will make new pathways forward, and we will win.
Covid-19, low morale, fear, and distress around our Presidency and upcoming elections, and the challenges to our collective rights as we navigate this unprecedented situation, have created a container for change. We’re a critical boiling point. I believe in us. I believe in our ability to practice alchemy and turn lead into gold; disconnection into love; fear into hope.
This is just the beginning.
*The image below is taken from the Press Democrat coverage of local protests three blocks away
DAILEY LITTLE is a healing practitioner, transformational life coach, ordained Priestess, and teacher who founded Healing Heart Reiki to help others navigate life with joy. She teaches classes in healing and mindset from a magical peaceful corner of the world in Northern California. For more info see: www.SantaRosaReiki.com