America The Beautiful by Suzanne Whang

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I recently returned from Marianne Williamson’s Sister Giant conference in Washington D.C., where the theme was the intersection of spirituality and politics. It was an enlightening, inspiring, energizing weekend, full of incredible speakers and panels that included religious leaders, politicians, journalists, and artists. (See video clips of the conference at: http://www.sistergiant.com)

When Donald Trump was elected President, I went through a plethora of emotions including bewilderment, grief, and anger. Then I posted this on my social media pages:

“In 2011, I had stage four breast cancer and was given six months to live. I decided I was going to reverse the disease. I approached my recovery with love, passion, humor, intelligence, optimism, and action. I had to throw my pride and ego out the window, and I asked for and received help. It took a village. I did tons of research. I had to drastically change my lifestyle and the way I think. I had to learn some tough life lessons. And I found out who I really am. I reversed the disease, and I’m now completely cancer-free. I’m healthier and happier than I ever was before I got cancer. It didn’t happen overnight. It was a wild journey. And then it turned into a miracle.

Donald Trump winning the Presidential election is this country’s diagnosis of stage four cancer. It’s a wake-up call. We’ve discovered a giant malignant tumor in the heart of America, and it’s not time to go numb or move away. It’s time to grieve, yes. But not for too long. Because it’s time to rally, step up, focus on our vision for the future, use our gifts, congregate, unify, take effective and strategic action, and remember to breathe. Think globally and act locally. Address the shadows of our own psyches that are being unearthed by this election. Get involved. Speak our truth with grace and dignity. Live by the golden rule. We can create major transformation here. We will have to walk through fire to do so, but we are up to the task. We are giving birth to a new version of humanity. Giving birth is extremely painful, but on the other side of it is a beautiful new life. So keep breathing, keep believing, and keep your eye on the dream. I’ll post what I’m doing, and I hope you’ll share what you’re doing to be part of this Love Revolution. Remember, I don’t just believe in miracles ~ I AM one. The Cubs won the World Series, I reversed stage four cancer, and America now has a great opportunity to become the best version of itself.”

I’m fired up to take action, and I’ve decided to run for some sort of political office. The etymology of the word “politics” comes from the root word meaning “citizen.” Politicians were always meant to represent the people, and to be public “servants.”

In twelve-step programs, there is an emphasis on the importance of service. For recovering codependents like me, that’s a tricky thing, because I have a history of being of service to everyone EXCEPT myself. Cancer taught me that my first priority is my relationship with the divine infinite power that exists within me. My next priority is my own basic human needs, which include healthy nutrition, sleep, exercise, meditation, laughter, creativity, and nature. It’s my responsibility to fill my own cup until it’s overflowing, so I can give to my family, friends and community from my OVERFLOW, and still be full.

In this time of political upheaval, it’s crucial that we stay informed and be of service to this country, but we must also balance that with self-care. This is a marathon, not a sprint, so please take breaks and find joy in your daily lives; otherwise you will crash and burn. And if you get discouraged, please reach out for help and strength. As Margaret Mead said, “Never underestimate the power of a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens to change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Martin Luther King Jr. said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness—only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate—only love can do that.”

The Women’s March in LA on 21 January warmed my heart. There were so many people there marching peacefully, with love, kindness and humor. People from all walks of life were singing, chanting and exuding the spirit of a love revolution.

Marianne Williamson recommends this daily prayer: “Dear God, where would you have me go, what would you have me do, what would you have me say, and to whom?” Let’s all take divinely guided action so that we can be of the most service to this country. And find me on Facebook or Twitter, so we can collaborate!

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