Untitled, Morgan Harper Nichols
In conversations with loved ones, one of the most common threads between our experiences of the last few months is “mourning” followed closely by sparks of activism and change. That we struggle to solely exist in acceptance of what we’ve lost is notable to me – our brains and our hearts are wired for change, determined to shake up the system and create the world we want to see. The only problem is, these waves of energy for changemakers comes and goes, and the mourning tires us. “Remember the ground beneath your feet and the way it holds up through everything,” Nichols reminds us. What a solace, to feel grounded and cradled by the earth when our souls are weary.
“Rest when you need to. Go like lightning when you’re ready.” There is abundance in rest, in the nourishment of our hearts, despite much of what the world tells us about attaching value to productivity. How do you give yourself permission to mourn, and to rest when you need to? Where do you draw sparks of energy to create change in your life and your community? How do you reset when the world makes you weary?
Brianna Curran, Washington, DC