On Wednesdays we meet as a business and discuss our current projects, goals, plans, etc. Last week, as I’m sure everyone can understand, was a little different. We decided to delay the meeting in hopes that Thursday would result in a more productive meeting.
Well, we still digressed into politics. We talked for awhile about how to address this as a business. On one hand, we have our personal opinions, and we happen to all agree. We want to be loud and proud, but is that smart as a business? Are we going to alienate people? Maybe. Will we strengthen our relationship with others? Perhaps. Do we ultimately want to engage in this conversation? Absolutely.
As a company founded on supporting others wellbeing, we are deeply saddened that the highest elected official in our country has used hate and fear to fuel his campaign. While some could equate this to politics as usual, it felt different this time. This is why we all went through a roller-coaster of emotions at 3AM on Wednesday. Feeling everything from anger, to sadness, to massive confusion about what the f*** happenend?! Then we took a deep breath.
The practice of yoga invites us to practice non-attachment and non-judgement. While we all want to cling to our beliefs and perspectives, it’s our ability to set them aside and put ourselves in another’s shoes that will truly unite us. Every single person on earth has had a different experience of this thing called ‘life’ and so we can’t truly say what we would do or not do in another person’s situation. What we can do is set aside the name-calling, finger-pointing, overgeneralizing, labeling and choose another way.
Every single person on earth has had a different experience of this thing called ‘life’ and so we can’t truly say what we would do or not do in another person’s situation.
What if people chose what they chose because of issues that were not clear to us? Can we accept the situation not because we agree with it but because resisting what is is a massive waste of energy and acceptance allows us to move forward towards possibility? Could this possibly be a massive wake up call for us to show up in a bigger way? Yes, yes and YES! NOW is the time to re-connect with our own light, love, and potential and support others in doing the same. We do this not by shaming others but by opening our minds, ears and hearts when they want to close.
NOW is the time to re-connect with our own light, love, and potential and support others in doing the same. We do this not by shaming others but by opening our minds, ears and hearts when they want to close.
Let us also be clear, we respect everyone’s right to their opinion except on this crucial issue: it is not okay to ever degrade someone based on their ethnicity, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin. If you are a woman, man, black, white, hispanic, indian, asian, gay, straight, trans, muslim, hindu, christian, buddhist, you are worthy of love and respect. Every person is worthy of these and we seek to strengthen this understanding!
We ask you to join us a mission of bringing more love, respect and wellbeing into this world by acting locally and thinking globally. This operation starts as an inside job, and here are a few tools + tips to support you:
- Feel Your Feelings – write them down, cry, scream or shout. Strong feelings equate to energy that needs to be released vs. supressed and it’s what’s underneath that we are seeking to better understand.
- Meditate or Practice Yoga With an Intention of Acceptance – allow yourself to accept what is vs. resisting what is so you can free up your energy to move forward. In moments of confusion or frustration, identify what you can accept in order to shift from a state of feeling powerless to one of possibility.
- Focus On Things That Bring You JOY – like this adorable puppy that’s also exhausted from this past week.
Sending our love,
The PALM + PINE Team
Kat, Tracey & Steph