Courage & Compassion: COVID-19 & Black Lives Matter

I haven’t really sat down and wrote a long blog post and one that is more serious. Lately, I have been questioning whether or not I have lost my writing touch. There have been some posts that flow and then there are some that are ridiculous. I do want to write seriously and eloquently. So, this will be my first attempt.

I haven’t really touched on COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter subjects. It seems like with everything opening up that most people are forgetting that we are still in the middle of a pandemic. That we are not out of the woods yet. While going grocery shopping I’m still masking up. While pumping gas I still wear gloves. I’m still staying home and not going out in order to reduce my chances of catching this nasty virus. I’m leaning on faith and not fear. So, how am I leaning on faith? I’m reminding myself that I’m not alone. That there is a Divine guidance at work in my life. I constantly ask my higher self how to handle situations that arise so I may not shrink into fear and become paralyzed. I have a daily practice to keep me grounded that helps me to stay in the here and now. The easiest route is breathing. I remind myself to breath and also practice mindful breathing. I have hope. By having hope in good outcomes it motivates me to keep going.

At work we are masking up. Patients and staff are donning masks. My church is practicing this as well. They are also practicing social distancing. I have yet to go back to church but I do plan on attending again one day. I tune in digitally. My hope for you , dear reader, is that you are protected from COVID-19.

I’m saddened to hear about so many cases of our brothers and sisters in the Black community being murdered. I’m angry but I am mostly saddened by it. The case of Ahmaud Aubrey woke me up again. Soon after another wake up call when George Floyd was murdered. Recently, Breonna Taylor’s birthday came and went. She would have been 27. So many lives in the past and recently taken away. Whenever this occurs I wonder how the families of the victims are handling it. It’s hard to hear about but to be the person living through it would be worse. On Breonna’s birthday I decided to take a stand. I decided to sign a petition to demand justice. She had a beautiful future unfolding in front of her. It hurts my heart knowing she didn’t fulfill all her aspirations. Last Tuesday I did the social media Black Out Tuesday. It’s my way showing support to the Black community. I don’t march only because of of COVID-19 and also safety. I naturally like staying home and don’t like crowds. So the pandemic and the crowds would compound my anxiety. I’m showing support in whatever way I can. I hope, dear reader, that you can show support to our Black brothers and sisters during this time. We all can make a difference.

I hope this blog post touches your heart and motivates you to live your life with courage and compassion.

“Remember, it’s a beautiful world. Open up your heart. Take a closer look and trust.” -Raven Reina

Much Love and Light,

Raven Reina

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