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Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg @TheRaDR
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Three self-care tips to make it through today.


1) embrace holy anger.

Ibn Gabirol says that “anger is a reprehensible quality, but when employed to correct or to reprove, or because of indignation at the performance of transgressions, it becomes laudable.”
Or Audre Lorde: “Every woman has a well-stocked arsenal of anger potentially useful against those oppressions, personal and institutional, which brought that anger into being. Focused with precision it can become a powerful source of energy serving progress and change.”
The only question is, how will you choose to focus it? Your time—your energy—your talents—your money. Plenty of places to put it.
2) Do Something Kind for Someone Today (and that someone can be you)

If you’re feeling angry and helpless, this would be a really good time to figure out how to offer something of yourself over to someone else, if you can.
It can be a powerful reminder of what you can control, of the ways in which you can be a force for good in the world, and it can obviously be valuable to others.
Can you bring someone a casserole? Buy someone lunch? Volunteer for a phone bank shift? Reach out to someone who’s having a hard time?Do it, if you can. It will help in multiple ways.
And if you can’t, if you’re too deep in pain and trauma, if you’re triggered or hurting, please focus on kindness to yourself.

Can you offer yourself something that you’d offer to someone else that you love if they were suffering right now?
Whether it’s making tea and watching bad television, taking a bath, snuggling humans or critters who love you, logging off of social media, starting a craft project, or something else, please take care of your precious self.

You matter.
3) Double Down on Your Spiritual Practice
If you have a spiritual practice, whether prayer, meditation, yoga, writing, running, long walks in nature, something else, this is a good time to go hard on it. It can keep you grounded & focused & clear abt your role in the big picture.
And if you don’t have a spiritual practice, well, this might not be the worst time to find something that can anchor you in this storm. It can also help you expand the amount of bandwidth you have for the work ahead of us, and we need everybody working at full capacity right now
As @LeeClf puts it, “If we have never developed our religiousness — that part of ourselves that involves our most powerfully transformative capacities — it’s as if we were walking around with one arm tied down: We’re just not working with everything we could be.”
Whether or not “religiousness” is the right word for you, just having something that brings you back into the present moment, that helps you connect to something larger than yourself, in whatever way, and can help you expand your own capacity and all of our collective capacity.
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