And this is how American women leaders show up with power and truth a nation run by corrupt male leaders. Thank you Florida Representative Stephanie Murphy, ex-Department of Defense employee and current member of the House Armed Services Committee. So proud!
In my view, the insistence on wearing a pink hat with cat ears (a silly, diminutive girl-like image) and making it the symbol of this march was deeply problematic, yet expected. Women seem to have to make standing up and speaking out “safe”. I believe this need arises from a strong unconscious, acculturated habit of diminishment that women engage in when they seek power in a male-dominated society that objectifies women and their contributions. I knew the pink hat would be used by the media as a symbol of the march instead of the actual photos of millions of marchers. We give them the ammo they need to diminish us.
Beautifully inspiring commentary from Jeremy Lent.
I had a dream. I fell asleep to a nightmare, and woke up with a dream.
The nightmare is one we all share. It’s called the Presidential inauguration of a man fueled by hatred and anger, an unbalanced narcissist invested with the power to destroy all life on earth on a whim.
But it’s the dream I want to tell you about. It was Inauguration Day, January 2021. The new President of the United States was taking the oath of office, declaring her commitment to the dignity and flourishing of all people, regardless of race, gender, or creed. She had come to power on a tidal wave of opposition to the destruction wrought by four years of billionaires plotting to steal from the rest of us what they hadn’t already plundered. Her new Humane Party had risen from nowhere, emerging from the surge of untold millions, sickened by the assault…
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The Whitehouse.gov website has deleted all references to “climate change” as well as the information pages devoted to the topic which existed during the Obama years. Now we know for sure the insane level of denial and ignorance we will be dealing with for the next four years.
To all who marched today and will do so tomorrow, thank you for your service to our democracy!!!!!!
A very helpful pamphlet from the ACLU.
Buddhism teaches the interdependence and transparency of all phenomena, all experience. As trauma therapist, it may seem counterintuitive to hear me say that over-identifying with anything, including grief and trauma, is an invitation to become lost in the delusion of self-cherishing. I choose instead to wield the sword of discerning wisdom and fierce compassion. To face my complicity in the disintegration of American Democracy through my own complacency, blindness and incorrect assumptions. I choose to engage fearlessly in clear-minded, open-hearted uncompromising actions to support the wave of Americans willing to ensure American Democracy survives the coming onslaught of American Demagoguery.
No matter how the electoral college votes, my responsibility is to recognize and seek to end suffering wherever it may reside: to no longer get sidelined by feelings of shock, anger and overwhelm. I am not that. I am nothing more than the luminous awareness in which those feelings and all other phenomena arise, exist and cease. Awakening, standing up for and speaking truth are the ultimate rebellious acts. This is where I choose to put my efforts and energy as we go forward.