If you’re exhausted by the burnout tug-of-war: the one that pulls you between total exhaustion and self-care that’s built on someone else’s expectations? I have amazing news.
All of that compassion and healing and justice and brilliance you’re creating in the world? You deserve some of that. And I’m here to help you remember how to claim it.
Because the extra-amazing news is that it’s already inside you. All it takes to end the tug of war? Dropping the rope.
I can’t fix capitalism for you. (Look, I’m working on it.) But what I can offer you is a new way to come into a more meaningful relationship with yourself and your self-care: beyond the transactional or superficial.
This is self-care that supports you in standing in your power. It doesn’t require you to own more or do more. All it takes is deciding that you are allowed: to speak the truth, to do what feels good, and to set down that heavy load you’ve been carrying.
Wake up in the morning knowing that your day holds the tools and practices that will resource you inside and out—even if we haven’t overthrown the white supremacist patriarchy just yet.
Because to get there? We need you whole. We need you nourished. We need you taking such elegant care of yourself that you become the force of nature you’ve been, but weren’t sure how to access.
I’m an anarchist, a Buddhist, and a mama bear to one small human and a couple of feral cats.
I’m an activist, teacher, and writer. I’m a self-care mentor for rebellious humans: the ones who color outside the lines and dare to make change in the world.
I know all about burning myself out for the cause. I recognize that urge to make self-care pretty, and to have it blow up in my face (because it was totally unachievable). I know how it feels to have my heart broken by the world.
When I began my yoga practice at nineteen, I was looking for something simple to help my scoliosis and depression. (Fun fact: my first class? I hated every. single. second.) I’m a highly intuitive empath, but even I couldn’t have predicted then that one day I’d be a certified yoga teacher, Thai Yoga massage therapist, and energy worker.
Around that same time, I fell completely in love with activism—specifically environmental justice organizing. My nerdy passion is activist strategy and creative action coordination.
I believe wholeheartedly that self-care is an essential piece of any strategy for building a more compassionate world.
For nearly 20 years, those two have been dancing side by side in my life: healing work and justice work. What I understand deeply is that these are not different from one another.
The self-care and healing work we do is simply a microcosm of the larger justice work we do in the world. Both are designed to create more love and freedom.
When we pursue these, we engage in both the political and spiritual. Raising children; making art; counseling others in their dark moments; ministering a wedding;
writing the book (or article or poem or post-it); teaching in any capacity; tearing down the fossil fuel industry.
Self-care is not an abdication of a purpose-filled life or a service-oriented heart.
It is possible to be of service and take good care of ourselves at the same time. Together, in concert, of this aims us toward something: greater compassion and more freedom for all of us.
Let’s take great care of ourselves and each other, so that all of us may be free.
Her voice is so warm, gentle, and real; like a good friend or sister who’s unafraid to reach a person in the dark waters and guide them to shore. Or, more precisely, suggest solid ways for that person to (re)discover the resilience and refuge within themselves.
Ashley Beaudin, Leadership Mentor + Heart Encourager, ashleybeaudin.com
I have truly found joy in helping my patients this week, focusing on all the ways that I have been able to serve them, and I have ended my days feeling rewarded instead of discouraged.
Heather Hamilton, physical therapist
Louise Warren, Musician and Creativity Coach
I know it’s easy
to take up a cause or serve others.
Learning to advocate for yourself is the advanced work.
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