We’re all in this together so let’s take care of one another—in both good times and difficult ones. Our health quietly demands it, our communities need it, our spirits crave it, and our souls long to be seen and heard over the roar of our minds. Courage in practice is not always knowing what to say or ask or do…and still choosing to show up anyway.
Let’s commit to showing up more, friends. Let’s commit to souls rather than screens.
Let’s learn how to sit in silence with each other again—listening to the words, the rambles, the challenges. Let’s use our phones again for more than scrolling and call someone, even if we only leave a message. Or perhaps text again when the first response is met with silence. Or maybe even gently asking how someone is doing without fear of ‘infringing.’ Even the strong in our lives need connection.
Depression is real. Loneliness is real. Compassion fatigue is real. The collective pain of the human condition is real. Yet conscious empathy is still possible. In high demand and short supply, empathy is the place we can begin. It’s the oxygen we’re all searching for these days. And it’s a skill we can all learn or re-learn to show up, no matter our own mess.
Here's a free resource to brush up on our empathy practice.
Empathy doesn’t take the place of mental health support by any means but it’s a small way we can all make a big difference to see, be seen, and consciously love one another as ourselves.
Above all, if you or someone you know is in crisis (of any kind) or needs healing support and wondering where to turn, please consider these valuable resources to get connected with a professional counselor in your area.
Crisis Call Center: 800.273.8255
Crisis Text Line: 741741