Collective Care is a written interview series with people who are changing the world. Most often, these folks are working at the intersection of creative, healing, and/or activist work.
I’m in love with the idea of amplifying the work (and self-care practices) of people who are building a more compassionate world. In this series, I get to chat with people who inspire me like whoa. It’s about finding care, not just from within, but from inspiring truth-telling and solidarity.
Hence, Collective Care.
Today, you’ll meet Meg Worden.
It’s rare to come across a human who is truly willing to let her story heal others the way Meg Worden does. I have nothing but the highest respect for Meg. I could use cliche words like “authentic” and “real” but truly, Meg owns her shit like few other people I’ve come across. Her transparency and her accountability to her own values is some legit gorgeousness.
I am humbled and honored to host her in this space today.
Meg, take it away…
How are you changing the world?
(What is your change-making, healing, and/or creative work? This might be paid, unpaid or a combination.)
Foremost, I’m a single mom which is huge. Next I’m a Health Coach currently expanding to Freedom Coaching.
My most heartfelt work is in helping people edit their personal narratives to reflect strength and hope, rather than fear and shame. Whether it’s a small story for a big presentation, or the overarching internal story that bedrocks the way they do everything – with suffering, or ease – the process delights me. A well articulated story gives power and ease to all areas of a life.
I have such passion for teaching this to people all over the world for work. But my most favorite is teaching incarcerated women how to tell their stories as love, rather than grief stories, how to use their stories to liberate rather than limit them, their children, their families, and each other. This is my service work.
What challenges your heart in that journey?
As an intuitive and empathic person, I absorb. So my biggest challenge is making sure I am walking the talk and doing the high level of self and health care required to be able to hold leak-free space for other people’s, often heart wrenching, stories. I get better as I get older. I’m way less of a sponge now. Thank goodness.
What inspires you to keep going?
My hope for a humanity less enslaved to the lie that worth is only in income, property, power, and greed. My desire to raise a son who will be free to live and to love in a way that is meaningful to him and harmless to others.
How do you support yourself or tend to yourself and your heart in that process?
What nourishes and replenishes you?
Prayer, meditation, clean eating, sleep, reading, watching comedy and horror, exercise, and radical discernment. I say no to virtually everything. If it isn’t directly related to work, home, or the health of me and my son, it’s probably going to take more energy than I can spare.
There are exceptions of course. But generally, I live by the principle that I’m choosing these trade offs to do what I love. And the better my life gets, the better the things are that I have to decline.
How do you experience care within community?
How do others support you in your journey and practice?
I have a whole team of people that help me! I have people that help with my business as well as natural health care providers and coaches. I have a small crew of very smart, hilarious, and supportive friends who are also on board with easeful expectations for single mothers and other modern beings. Mostly we meet in our phones.
What’s your best piece of advice you have for people who want to make a difference?
Get dirty. Go to the trenches. Develop your empathy. Strengthen your ability to withstand uncertainty. Trust that what you’re doing matters, even in the face of overwhelming despair. Your kindness spreads in concentric circles. Take excellent care of yourself first. Learn to power rest. Ask for help. Don’t give up.
Paint us a picture of the more compassionate world and future you imagine.
I would really like to live in a world that values art, spirituality, and humanity over sociopathy.
Meg Worden is a health coach, writer, mother, activist, feminist, and felon. Her work centers on helping women become their own advocates, healing themselves of guilt, shame, regret, and fear so they can achieve lasting physical, mental, and financial freedom no matter where they are.
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