Collective Liberation

Huge downloads are coming through for me as I reach the END OF MY 20’s. I feel like I’m processing my life, goals, actions, hopes, dreams on a whole other level as I approach another decade on the beautiful planet we call home.

I’ve been thinking a whole lot about Collective Liberation.

How every decision we make impacts all of us, whether that’s small or large. How we treat ourselves, our neighbours, our direct environment, our friends also impacts people and places in complete other time zones. I’ve been realizing, slowly, that a lot of the ways I’ve been living my life has indirectly caused harm not only to myself but to those less privileged than me.

I know that none of us are perfect but becoming aware of our decisions helps us to take a step in the right direction. Being conscious of where we spend our money, who we’re supporting and what our environmental, political and community stances are is a start.

Right now, I’m not trying to be a leader in the realm of Collective Liberation. It’s not my place. But I am all about learning (or would it be UNlearning) how our current system reinforces suppression (subtly and not subtly) in all facets of our realities. I am educating myself. I’m writing, I’m reflecting.

I know a lot of people are thinking: everyone is so sensitive, this “cancel” culture is getting out of control. You know what’s out of control? Patriarchal bullshit. Racism. Sexism. The system is wacked and we have ALL been numbed into thinking that our actions don’t have consequences. Every action that you make, every little decision, how you treat someone, what you buy and where you buy it from has an impact.

And trust me, I need to hear this just as much as the next person.

When we begin to see the world’s problems as interconnected. We start to understand why everyone seems to get offended by everything. Often when someone is experiencing one form of oppression, they are also experiencing others. For example: black, trans women can experience racism, trans-phobia and sexism all in one swoop. So when we talk about women’s rights. We talk about trans rights. When we talk about environmental rights. We talk about women’s rights. It’s all connected.

We haven’t escaped sexism either, feminist issues are interconnected with many forms of oppression. Women’s bodies are hyper-sexualized more than ever in our Insta-obsessed culture. I see it. I experience it. I feel it. I know others do too. Especially when you are a part of the fitness/movement/yoga world. Everything you read, watch, follow, support, like, has an impact on your own and the collective’s psyche. What you share impacts how others see the world and how they see themselves.

So where am I going with all of this? Good question. By sharing love, joy and awareness we can actively combat suppression in so many ways. Let’s CELEBRATE our differences, give credit to cultures we are taking our inspiration from, take leadership from those who have been suppressed more than us, start listening.

I will be making an active effort to share materials on these topics but the main thing I want to say is: eliminating any single oppression completely requires eliminating all systems of oppression.That’s HUGE. Let me repeat:

eliminating any single oppression completely requires eliminating all systems of oppression.

Change is good and we don’t want to go back to the way things were. We are growing and expanding and it’s painful, ugly and beautiful all at once. You are not small and meaningless, your actions, your words, YOU make a difference.

Refuse to feel bad, dare to feel hopeful and think about ways you could personally change. Rather than fighting with ourselves (because let’s face it, most of us are feeling oppressed in one way or another right now) we can look at the greater picture here. We have the strength to end this.

Don’t fall into the divide and conquer trap.

We are all in this together. Capitalism is only another stepping stone we have used to evolve from slavery and then feudalism. We are in the stages of a mass rebuild and we need to support one another through this and not tear each other down. First thing we can do is look at our fellow wage-workers, front-line workers and see where the real power is.

If we start to wake up, educate ourselves and demand a better world, we have the power to make that dream a reality.