Whether you are marching in D.C. or at one of the many others happening around the globe, there are a few things you should think about energetically.
There are going to be A LOT of emotions happening. That’s not bad. Emotions are energy and they can be a powerful tool. But, many of those in attendance will have no idea of how to work with that energy for the best outcome. You don’t want to stifle your emotions or contain them in a little box. But you also don’t want to get carried away by them. You want to be consciously driving your emotional bus.
One: Get grounded. Before you even get to the march location, do some grounding. Grounding connects you to your Highest Self or your Source. It might be via meditation, mantra, breathing or prayer. One of my favorite ways to ground is Earth Breathing (great YouTube video). A version of Earth Breathing that can be done during the March any time you feel your emotions pushing their way into the driver’s seat, is breathing through your feet while standing in Mountain Pose (Tadasana). Feel yourself connect to the ground through your feet. Then imagine drawing your breath in through your feet, up your legs to your heart. As you exhale, the breath goes down from your heart and out the bottoms of your feet. If you’ve done grounding work prior to the March, it will only take a couple of breaths to re-ground.
Two: Stay Present. Easier said than done. If you’ve ever done yoga or meditation, you’ve probably heard the direction “when you find yourself thinking about things other than your practice, bring yourself back to the moment.”. Same thing, but you’ll be doing it in a much louder and more energetically challenging situation. So, check in with yourself periodically. Are you still taking long deep breaths? Or has your breath moved up into your chest? What emotions are you feeling? Where in your body are you feeling them? I once heard someone say that the best way to stay present is just to notice your breath because you can’t breathe in the past or in the future, only in the now.
Three: Be Aware of Energetic Intrusions. Staying present will help you notice if the energy you are marching with is your own or if you’ve picked up on someone else’s. If this sounds crazy to you, think about the last time someone in a bad mood came into your space. Did they leave a bit of that bad mood behind? Even if you didn’t interact with them, you probably felt their negative energy. That was a form of energy intrusion. There are also those who, consciously or unconsciously, become energy drainers (energy vampire). Have you ever said, “That person just sucks the life out of me?” If so, you’ve experienced an energy drainer. Before you set out, you may want to set an intention to notice these types of interactions.
Four: Stay with your Intention. I know women who are going to radiate love, compassion and empathy. I know some who are going to show their dissatisfaction. I know some who are going just to be part of something so big. If you aren’t clear about why you are going, try to get clear before you head out. This will help keep you on task, emotionally and physically.
Five: Remember you are supported. There are people around the globe who will be “holding space” for you while you march. I am one of them. It is something I felt called to do from the moment the March was announced. My intention is to amplify the energy of the marchers and to help hold the energy of the marches in LOVE (remembering that love can be fierce or gentle).
Finally: I read this passage over the weekend and thought of Saturday’s marches:
“Before her was a massive wall of light. The wall consisted of all the women in the world, each holding a torch. Every woman shined her own light, and together, with each of their lights shining, they created an unstoppable wall that nothing could defeat. “You are warriors, and your weapon is your light. Alone with only one small torch, you can be defeated. Together, as you can see, the wall is too big and powerful to be put out. Your weapon is to shine a light on the darkness. But do not think you can do it alone. Remember, you are a warrior, and this is your medicine. You will find many reasons to shine a light on what is hidden in the darkness.”
Lane,Mary. Meena: The Fiery Story of a Heroine’s Initiation (Kindle Locations 974-979). Kindle Edition.
Blessings to all who are marching and those holding space.