The Intuitive Activist: Self-Care in Troubled Times

As the weekend arrives and more activities are planned to protest the tragic events surrounding Eric Garner, I wanted to share on here a post from my personal blog, My Table For One. It is important in times such as these to take a moment and pause to find direction, as it is easy to get lost in the constant push forward to act. Read, and if this helps you, please share.

My Table For One

“Did you feel empowered?”

I stared at the text, unsure of how to answer. I’d participated in a Justice for Mike Brown rally the evening before; transfixed by faces as wearied as mine. Weary from hours spent every evening since it began; watching the feeds from Ferguson, worried about what would happen to the residents. To my friends. Even more concerned about what would happen if I stopped watching. Watching until uneasy sleep overtook me, arising to feel guilt overtake me.

“I have a lot of feelings,” I answered. ”None include ‘empowered’, though.”

I was exhausted; I was spent and emotionally numb. I’d done everything I could do from my location; I furiously forwarded information to my friends that were not tuned in the way I was. I’d donated and passed on the links to everyone I knew. I’d argued with my associates that got their news from traditional sources…

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