Are you the activist with your fist in the air, screaming at the world to wake up and take responsibility? Or are you the activist that has gone through the challenging process of understanding your own triggers and wounds to show up more effectively in the work that you do? No matter what, your message is important, though it’s possible that only one of you will be heard. People tend to shut down when faced with an aggressive leader that points fingers and disapproves of others choices. When a leader is aware, compassionate, thoughtful and non-judgmental, that is often the leader that can accomplish great things.
There are so many causes to support these days- cleaning up & nurturing the environment, animal rights, same-sex equality, etc. It’s challenging to know what requires our attention most. Once you discover your personal purpose, how will you help? It’s essential to carefully consider why you’re drawn to support the cause that you’re passionate about. Many activists have been personally affected by some sort of trauma in their past and then they choose to help others avoid the same pain. While this is a noble reason, it is necessary to heal our own wounds first before we go out into the field to witness others suffering. This is what is at the heart of conscious and sustainable activism. In order to be an agent for change in the world, we must connect to our deepest truths. Sifting through the layers of the ego is hard work, but when we can approach our work with a clear mind, unaffected by clouded judgement, that is when true healing and change is possible. Secondly, we must take care of ourselves. Self-care comes in many forms- regular movement, getting enough sleep, eating foods that nourish rather than deplete, seeking inspiration and knowledge. Without self-care, burn out is inevitable. Above all, we cannot do it alone. Activism flourishes when there is a large community involved. So many amazing activists become bitter and resentful because they do not feel supported by the work they are doing. No one can do everything, but with an effective leader, everyone can do something and that is when service works at its finest.
The causes that we’re passionate about deserve our love, support, compassion and understanding. Being an activist is a big responsibility. You have been called to be a leader in your community and the world. Take great care in the choices you make and you can be proud to call yourself a conscious activist.