I totally stole this title. It's a slogan for something online I saw - don't remember what - but I repeat the slogan to myself and find a great deal of inspiration in it. Sit down, then rise up. Sit down, gather yourself, breathe, and then, be of service in the world.
All around us, there are causes - causes to fight and causes to cure. Things to stand up for, indeed, really worthy things. Since the election of You Know Who, I've been watching so many of those I love keep standing up, keep fighting, keep using their voices. I think, "bless them" and I don't know what the answer is. They seem tired and worn.
This comes with a little true story.
My body, it's been through some fight. It's been through some flight. So, the notion of continuing to rise up and stand up for another cause specifically in a fighting stance, well, I don't care to do that anymore. At one point, a few years ago, I couldn't do that anymore. My adrenals had tuckered out and my body couldn't metabolize stress. I was so out of balance that I was knocked on my ass. The lifelong fighter literally had to rest. The pendulum had swung in a direction I wasn't used to. I had always had more energy, and I always had more fight left in me. Until I didn't, which really turned out to be a good thing!
So many of us, and I use a collective "us" with intention here, SO many of us are taxed from the inside out. We are walking around in beat-up nervous systems and just downing another coffee and calling on the adrenaline to get us through another day. Another fight, dare I say it. Dare I equate so much of what we do to the essence of a struggle. I just did.
I've got so much to say on this topic and over time, I'll say more. I'm not telling you what to do here - I'm not an answer-giver, I'm a thought-seed-planter.
Where can we choose to sit down before rising up?
Where can we insert some breaths, or even a few minutes on our asses before we are falling on them, just to collect ourselves? Maybe it's before we turn on social media. Before we read the news. Before we blast our opinion into the world.
Where are we bringing a fight when maybe we could be bringing a softer part of ourselves, and in turn, be heard as we disassemble a polarized rhetoric as we present our piece with a calm unfamiliar to many? Imagine for a moment, if instead of speaking with fervor about your most impassioned topic, you spoke with a soft tone. Conversationally, your intention to tone-down would actually most likely cause the other to tune in.
Before we act, we must pause. Any way good intention is being brought, by all means, bring it. I'm just saying, before we rise, a good sit is a good idea. It's where we touch base with our reserves, our energy stores, our innate wisdom. Imagine, people with regulated nervous systems in collaborative action... We'd change the world.
Written May 2018