I can’t tell you how many times I have checked the news over the last year – or more – and been devastated by yet another tragedy. The events of Charlottesville seem to be just one more wave in a sea of trauma that is crashing over us.
Every time I find myself wondering if any of the work I do or words I write really matter. I think that maybe I should abandon ship and go do something that will actually change the world.
And then I get centered and I remember.
I remember that during trauma and collective upheaval is when we need to be our strongest, our wisest, our most powerful. That is when we need to be brave and follow our dreams. That is when fear, anxiety, and depression will want to stop us in our tracks, but that is – more than ever – when we can’t let it.
Because the little things we do today are the very things that will change the world tomorrow. And we want that change to be in the direction of love, community, and equality.
So today I’m sharing with you a few links to resources, in no particular order, that I feel can help you to get out of your own way so that you can show up in the world.
Stop Fighting Food – Having been in this place myself, I can attest that when you’re obsessed with food and your body you don’t have time or energy to focus on the things that really matter in life. Isabel Foxen Duke has been coaching women for years on how to stop feeling crazy around food and start living their lives again. (Affiliate Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Isabel Foxen Duke’s program, Stop Fighting Food. It is a powerful program and I’m happy to share it with my audience.)
Live Pain-Free Without Drugs or Surgery – I recommend this book by Lee Albert all the time because its simple guidelines for relieving chronic pain and easy stretches have done more to help my muscle and joint pain and sciatica than anything else I’ve tried.
Unstuck: Your Guide to the 7 Stage Journey out of Depression – James S. Gordon, M.D. details seven actions you can take to get yourself out of depression. I read this book after being intrigued because I saw that one of his actions is shaking meditation. Having done this type of meditation myself and finding it extremely helpful, I was happy to find a doctor using the same method in his workshops.
Alexandra Franzen – I go to Alexandra’s blog whenever I need some extra motivation or inspiration. Some of my favorite posts are: Do you need that?, 10 Slow and Difficult Steps to Moderate Success and Be the Lighthouse.
Auntie Anxiety – Anyone with anxiety (which is really all of us at one point or another) can tell you that anxiety can stop you in your tracks. Lynn Dutrow is a licensed clinical professional counselor and courage coach who does individual, group, and business coaching and works with tweens to adults. If anxiety is getting in your way, I definitely recommend contacting Auntie Anxiety.
Hypnotherapy & Past Life Regressions – I have learned more about myself, my purpose in this world, and how to get centered through doing hypnotherapy and past life regressions than any other spiritual practice I’ve done. That’s why I became certified and now do this work for others. You can learn more about working with me HERE.
Looking for more resources? Check out my Self-Care Resource Guide for Women.