Never Underestimate The Power of Wearing a Safety Pin
The safety pin movement was inspired by the British response to Brexit, and I will tell you, my experiences in the world this week have shown me how much we NEED to do this and more. Really, it's a "small" yet viable way to show solidarity. While in Target last night, in the grocery store, and out in the world, I have been unsure who is safe and who is unsafe--frankly, the social introvert has been silenced.
The LoveMore Movement will wear a Safety Pin in an effort to show solidarity, offer support, and safety, and to show up as an ally.
I have been sitting, frozen and grief since Tuesday, trying to find words to express what is coursing through my veins. I have been trying to wrap my head around organizing something the LoveMore Movement community can do to rise up with compassion and kindness. If I'm honest, I don't feel like rising up right now. I would't be surprised if many of you are in the same boat. The course of events and the resulting hate the media is bombarding us with is sickening and heartbreaking. I have felt more vulnerable in public than I have felt in years. I am aware of my trauma response and learning how to navigate the public domain in the presence of fear and vulnerability I feel as a woman, a Jew, an Ally.
Pema Chödron says, "The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, relief, for misery, for joy."
We must tend to ourselves. Then we have to act. We have to hold our grief and misery lightly in our hands, letting go of the desire to cling and getting stuck in the mire of the shadow, and use the emotions and sensations to drive our hearts forward. As my dear Leonard Cohen reminded us, "The cracks are where the light gets in."
Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us: "Hatred is a fire that burns every soul and can only be tempered by compassion...but compassion can only be produced in our own heart by our own practice.." He asks us to ponder,"What responsibility do we have for the injustice in the world?"
I believe we have to move toward creating a compassion revolution that moves and shows up even when we are in grief, even when we are in fear. We have to show that we are in solidarity with those who feel unsafe, unseen and unheard acknowledging that we may be someone who feels unsafe and unseen and unheard. Wearing a safety pin is a small step to doing all of this. We have to find a way to navigate the seemingly unsafe places while showing others we are a safe place, a refuge.
Join Joseph and me in wearing a safety pin. Join us in tending to your heart and your grief with compassion and kind curiosity. Join us in making the compassion revolution come alive.
This is what the safety pin represents:
- Solidarity and support for those targeted by Trump and his followers.
- It is a symbol of anti-violence
- It is a symbol of anti-bigotry
- It is a symbol of being an ally.
- It is a silent message saying "you are not alone. I see you."
I encourage you all to pass this on, buy a pack of safety pins and hand them out to people who you know are allies. This, my loves, is a movement of action. Take photos and tag #safetypin to join the mass movement and #compassionrevolution and #Lovemoremovement to show you are part of our tribe.
Stay in touch, share your stories, and join us in this compassion revolution.
Love and compassion to you all,