Wear Red Shoes

[cs_content][cs_section parallax="false" style="margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;"][cs_row inner_container="true" marginless_columns="false" style="margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;"][cs_column fade="false" fade_animation="in" fade_animation_offset="45px" fade_duration="750" type="1/1" style="padding: 0px;"][cs_text]There are so many reasons to be sad. Pissed off, even. Yep, people are hurting. It would be easy to focus on the rage that's most definitely in the lives of those around us -- even in ourselves sometimes.

As always, the news reports are consumed with stories that lodge fear squarely in our hearts. If we allow it.

And it's so easy to allow it, isn't it? I shake my head in wonder at what the next news cycle will be reporting. Violence in other countries (my brothers and sisters), matched with violence in my back yard (my brothers and sisters.)

One thing I know for sure is that the pain gets worse for me when I focus on the rage. I don't have all of the answers (I wish I did) for why we humans are so flawed, or why we seem to have to be taught the same lessons again and again.

But what if we're about to wake up -- in the collective? What if, by some mysterious and divine order, all of the heartbreaking events that continue to occur are meant to...

WAKE US UP.

I know how it is for me. I limit exposure to the bad stuff. Some might judge me for that -- and that's okay with me. When I put one foot in front of the other, committed to activating love everywhere I go and in every possible conversation, I feel better. Isn't that what we all want? To feel better?

Some people may think I'm delusional, or irresponsible. Maybe I am. Or maybe my heart is so full of love I have no room for anger or hate or disillusionment - because in my world, love breeds love.

Do I get sad? Does my heart hurt? Of course. I'm human, and I experience every emotion you do.

In my work, I'm beginning to see how much our collective energy matters. I believe that with every conversation I commit to having in a more conscious way, infused with love and curiosity, the needle moves just a little bit toward love and away from fear.

And when we have better and bigger conversations together, our empathy expands. We gain capacity we can't possibly comprehend on our own.

COLLECTIVE ENERGY MATTERS. It just does.

loveToday, I'm wearing red shoes. In solidarity for love activism everywhere, I will look down at my shoes and remember that love prevails. Love breeds collective love.

Whether I'm right or not about this whole love thing -- it makes me happy. And is there any downside that you can think of? Really?

I'm curious to know what you think. And just in case you're not feeling it right now -- I love you.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax="false" style="margin: 0px;padding: 0px;"][cs_row inner_container="true" marginless_columns="false" style="margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;"][cs_column fade="false" fade_animation="in" fade_animation_offset="45px" fade_duration="750" type="1/1" style="padding: 0px;"][x_image type="none" src="http://coachcharrise.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/life-coach-signature.png" alt="" link="false" href="#" title="" target="" info="none" info_place="top" info_trigger="hover" info_content=""][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]