What the World Needs Now is LOVE. It's always Love.
It's a strange feeling when you're at a wellness festival learning about selfcare and what to eat for your best life, and meditation techniques -- all of these practices we do for self improvement, and you get the text alert that a synagogue has just been shot up, and people have died for doing nothing more than celebrating their faith with loved ones. You have to ask yourself, where is my focus and why is it on me, when it so desperately needs to be on others? We NEED CONNECTION now more than ever and that comes from respecting and appreciating ALL people, particularly those that look different or have different beliefs.
Over the weekend, while this horrifying act occurred, I attended Wellspring, the inaugural 3-day well-being festival created by Wanderlust and hosted in Palm Springs. It's as if the event's purpose SHIFTED the moment the news broke. Marianne Williamson, a writer, activist and easily one of the most inspiring individuals I have ever known was mid-podcast recording with Russell Brand for his "Under the Skin", a show that asks "what's beneath the surface - of people we admire, of the ideas that define our time, of the history we are told."
Well gosh, what IS beneath the surface? Almost anyone you ask in America will say that it is hate that has bubbled up from our underbelly. Many will also say that our current president has proliferated that hate. And now I find that amidst all of the reactions to this hateful act and to the presidency, there is ultimately more hate, because we all want to be angry and we all want to point fingers and are all desperately seeking a way to release the pain, to exorcise it from our bodies, because really can they even take much more??
But the reality of responding to hate with hate is that you're one and the same. Last year Joaquin and I seriously entertained the idea of "unfriending" those on Facebook with opposing views of ours and we stopped ourselves, because that will not lead to understanding and it will not lead to compassion. That behavior is not love.
Instead, we should listen and we should feel, and then we should take that anger or sadness or frustration (because I'm not saying not to feel that pain!), and DO SOMETHING about it. There is a lot of hate in the world, and hate is powerful, but more hate will just make it stronger. The only solution is more love, and each of us needs to do the hard work to love more, especially in our darkest moments, when we are angry, fearful or sad.
So we decided it's time for us to step it up, personally and professionally. We started our company because we wanted to help people wake up a better way. We wanted them to feel more relaxed and perhaps less stressed, and because with today's alarm clocks, so many people started the day with a painful alarm sound or multiple snoozes, as if they needed 10, or 20, or 30 more minutes and only then, could they face the day. We have realized that over the last year those problems seem so small in comparison to what's really affecting our daily stresses. Anxiety and depression are affecting all of us and let's be frank, no peaceful alarm can cure this.
But LOVE can. And we can be more love.
Starting Nov. 1, Emilie Perz' Gratitude wakeup and Maeve McCaffrey's Loving Kindness meditation will be free. We will donate 10 cents for every play to Safe Place for Youth, whose mission is to inspire, nurture, and empower the resilient human spirit of homeless youth by providing immediate and lasting solutions, one young person at a time.
We want you guys to listen to these wakeups every morning. Listen to these when you need to be reminded NOT to rant on Facebook about how fucked up everything is. Listen to these before you argue and listen to these when you just can't take the pain anymore. Then-- go give a stranger a hug. Bake something for your neighbor that you've never said hi to before. Call your congress people! Go vote. Volunteer! Smile at someone just because. Donate to your favorite cause. Fight the urge to gossip. Fight the urge to complain. Turn that energy into something constructive and GIVE.
We will do our part as much as we can. Please do yours. We're all in this together. Remember that-- WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
Thank you and Love y'all,
Lizzie Brown, CEO