How to Protect Your Energy in a Racist and Sexist World: Shielding Your Heart, Mind and Body
Racism and sexism are two heads of the same monster that threaten women of color's spirits, well-being, and sense of self.
The constant exposure to discrimination, bias, and inequality, in person and on our screens, takes a toll on our mental, emotional, and physical health, triggering anger, anxiety, depression and insecurities.
It's so important that we shield our hearts, minds, and bodies from the negative energies of a racist and sexist world.
In this blog, I'll share some spiritual and mental practices you can use to cultivate resilience, preserve your energy, and navigate the challenges with strength and grace.
1. Cultivate Self-Awareness:
Start by developing a deep sense of self-awareness. Be honest with yourself about the impact that racism and sexism have on your well-being. Acknowledge the negative energy directed at you from "others", as well as the internalized racism and sexism you've experienced in your own community, family members, friends and men. Reflect on how certain situations, environments, or interactions have affected your behavior and what you believe about yourself.
2. Set Boundaries:
Establish firm boundaries to safeguard your energy. Be intentional about the people and media you allow into your life and the spaces you frequent. Surround yourself with individuals who respect and uplift you. Learn to say no to situations, conversations, or relationships that drain your energy, no matter what others say you "should" do.
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3. Practice Mindfulness:
Engage in mindfulness practices to stay present and grounded. Create moments of stillness in your daily routine to connect with your inner self. Focus on your breath, sensations in your body, or engage in meditation. Mindfulness helps you observe and acknowledge negative thoughts and emotions without being consumed by them.
4. Engage in Self-Care:
Prioritize self-care as a means to replenish and rejuvenate your energy. Engage in activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul. This can include exercise, hobbies, a luxurious bath, spending time in nature, journaling, savoring a piece of chocolate, or engaging in creative outlets. Remember, self-care is not selfish; it is a vital aspect of protecting your energy and well-being.
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5. Seek Supportive Communities:
Surround yourself with a supportive community that understand and validate your experiences. Seek out spaces where you can freely express yourself, share your challenges, and find solace in the company of like-minded individuals. Engaging with people who share your struggles can provide validation, empathy, and a sense of belonging.
6. Educate Yourself:
Empower yourself with knowledge. By understanding the lengths "they" have gone to manipulate and control women throughout history, you will realize how much power you truly have and no longer fall for their trickery. By arming yourself with information, you can better navigate situations and advocate for change, while also protecting your energy by choosing when and how to engage.
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7. Practice Emotional Resilience:
Develop emotional resilience to counter the negativity of a racist and sexist world. Embrace practices that foster emotional well-being, such as therapy, coaching, or support groups. Cultivate healthy coping mechanisms to process emotions and manage stress. Surround yourself with positive influences that uplift and inspire you.
8. Celebrate Your Identity and Culture:
Embrace and celebrate your identity and culture as a source of strength and resilience. Honor your femininity and heritage, by engaging in cultural practices, and celebrate the achievements of women like you and women who lived before you. Embracing your identity allows you to stand tall in the face of discrimination and reclaim your power.
By cultivating self-awareness, setting boundaries, practicing mindfulness, engaging in self-care, seeking supportive communities, educating yourself, developing emotional resilience, and celebrating your identity, you can shield your heart, mind, and body from the negative energies of the world.
Remember, your energy is precious, and you have the power to preserve it while continuing to advocate for a more equitable and inclusive future.
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