Maybe take in a deep breath
Maybe let it out slowly
Maybe repeat this a few times.
Maybe sigh if it feels like a release
Can we have compassion for ourselves to start? For how we were raised, for what we believed, for questions asked and unasked?
Now can we have compassion for those we think or thought were different than we?
We have much work to do
And maybe inside ourselves is a place we can not neglect
Not just our intellectual mind. Our beliefs, our energy to be
Instead of tuning out when we feel overwhelmed by the challenges, maybe tune in to ourself
Restore our ability to connect at the deepest level of love—maybe use our human needs as a guide
Prepare our senses: Prepare to listen with compassion. Prepare to ask difficult (at first) questions. Prepare to be vulnerable, to hear unpleasant (at first ) gifts and then realize they are gifts.
Prepare to offer compassion to self and others. This practice will help us as we navigate change