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Police Brutality & Cultural Grief

Good Morning Beautiful Souls! 

Welcome back to Mind Reimagined, where we take a holistic view of our mental health and wellness through the arts, communication, and support. This post is for those of you whose hearts have felt a little heavy while grieving for strangers. Today's post will be about cultural grief, how it works and what we can do as a community to get through it. So if you would like to know more about how we grieve as a culture then keep reading.

So y’all 2020 has been rough so far and I do mean rough. We've been dealing with a lot the last few months with coronavirus and losing black men and women to police brutality and other unfortunate events. I know it's been difficult for a lot of us to find a way to get back to a “normal” that we want. I've had to take time before creating this post, to spend time and talk with my loved ones and reconnect with them, while also reconnecting with myself by practicing daily self-care. So let me tell y'all, you guys are not alone in this. To get through this time we are going to have to come together as people, as a race, and as a community to get to the root of the problem, but also check in with ourselves and our feelings. 

Most of us don't know any of the individuals that tragically lost their lives, yet we find ourselves broken-hearted and grieving with the news of each tragic incident. For the first few weeks, I struggled to stop thinking about everything that we've had to deal with so far this year. Tragic incidents leave us with many questions, but unfortunately, a lot of those questions go unanswered and it can be hard to try and ease that confusion and the pain we feel. 

So why do we feel sad or grieve for people that we have never met and aren't connected to in our day-to-day lives? We grieve because as humans our hearts feel connected to many things in our lives. We experience grief personally but also as a part of a community and it doesn't discriminate against anyone. The grief some of us may be experiencing doesn't just come from the tragic events that have happened lately it can also be coming from us grieving our lives before the Coronavirus pandemic. Before we were able to go out, travel, and do the things that we wanted to do with no personal protection equipment. Of course, none of us can change what has happened but there are always life lessons that we get out of the toughest moments that we experience. 

So while we are dealing with a lot of losses right now, we as a community can pray for the families that have lost loved ones during the coronavirus and during this issue of police brutality of black men and women. We can also continue to protest in our own way, donate to the appropriate organizations, and start to bring much-needed change into this world and really start living our best lives. We can all learn to be mindful of what we say to others, not to take our family and friends for granted and enjoy every moment with them. So with that being said, love more, hug more, and make sure while you're grieving at this moment that you practice a little more self-care. 

I hope this helps you guys lift a heavy burden off you and get started in making some real change in your lives and the lives of others. Let me know in the comments what you guys have done for self-care or what you have done while unplugging from the news about what's going on.

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Have an awesome rest of the week and Go think GOOD thoughts... 

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