Why We March

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we approach Donald Trump’s inauguration, my body shakes with deep concern for our democracy. I have wrestled with this insecurity since November 8, 2016.

Since then, sustaining peace of mind about politics has felt like trying to catch a cloud: I can see political serenity off in the distance, but can’t conceptualize holding it in my hand.

I feel concerned for the rights of so many, especially for people of color and minority groups, for immigrants, for the LGBTQ community, and for the disabled. I am certainly concerned for the rights of our fragile environment and for the reproductive rights for women across the country. I worry about the impact his presidency will have on our planet for years to come.

Now I know my concerns might not be yours. I know the risk I take by becoming so vocal about my politics.

“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” —Audre Lorde

The 2016 election felt like my life flashing before my eyes prior to my death. I was met with the sudden realization that I have not done enough to honor my truth, my passion, and my purpose. Heartbreaking disappointment led me to look within—so much so that I considered shutting down my business.

Of course, when disappointment strikes on this level, it’s usually about way more than just the inciting incident.

After engaging deep conversations with my own therapist (yes, every mentor should have a mentor, and mine happens to have the letters LSW after her name), I recognized that while building my business I betrayed one of my deepest personal values: the value of inclusion. I assumed that me showing up for my business—the way I originally had—was enough, and by living my best life, I took care of the most essential thing I could offer the world.

A deeper look within revealed I had short-changed my truth. By hyper-focusing on one specific aspect of my purpose, I neglected the bigger context of my why.

Sometimes our biggest disappointments bring us our deepest moments of clarity.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

You see, creating a public platform involved highlighting certain aspects of myself while simultaneously quieting others. It took my full-throttle focus to launch and run a business, and that came at the expense of staying vocal and involved in conversations having to do with racial justice, environmental justice, and inclusivity.

Even though I have always been in the habit of scrutinizing every essence of how I show up in the world, I feel like I am finally starting to understand what’s evolving from within as I respond to the reality of our current political climate.

Which is why—as a woman, business owner, moon follower, activist, and so many more things—I stand before you neither neutral nor apathetic. I am owning my conviction and commitment as I join the Women’s March on Washington this weekend. While I know that taking to the streets will not bring unity on the left or do much in and of itself, it’s a beginning.

(If you haven’t read the unifying principles of the Women’s March on Washington—you can do so here. They sum up my stance and values to a T!)

Further, two weeks later I plan to return to Washington, D.C. for Marianne Williamson’s Sister Giant event, another political gathering aimed at addressing so much of what slipped between the cracks in my own life the last eight years—the intersection of spirituality and politics.

I humbly admit: I have so much to learn!

So on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I invite you behind the scenes of my business and my mind. In 2017, I have resolved to better support the amazing organizations out there doing great work on behalf of the values and causes that are so near and dear to my heart. My first step is to donate a portion of my profits to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

We have come so far, but at this critical point we cannot forget the past and the struggle (and resulting strength) of all the women who have come before us. Let’s let 2017 be the year we don’t hold back our voices. Let us rise to speak our truth—however that shows up for us—and do so from a place of compassion, love, and understanding.

With my renewed focus in my life and business, I am committed more than ever to helping you rise in your own life, while staying connected to the cosmic influences that guide it. That said, I am also just two weeks shy of initiating something I spent so much of 2016 planning: my Lunar Logic Group Coaching program. If you are interested in joining an intimate group of women as we navigate three moon cycles and move into the depths of our truth, take a peek at this. We kick off on January 27th, the next new moon. You can trust I will show up fully.

While in the midst of my own personal revolution, I am so excited to lead you through your own!

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Now I’d love to hear from you. What does MLK day mean to you? Leave me a comment below.

As always, I send you all of my love…

Warmly,

Jenn

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6 Comments

  • Jennifer Serota

    A bunch of us in San Francisco are also going to walk the women’s march here on Sat. I encourage all women to participate no matter where they live as we are too much into the future for our rights to be stripped from us. I think it’s amazing you are doing the march in DC and will be joined by so many other women that share the same beliefs. My cousins will be there too. It will be an incredible experience to be make history. So empowering!!! I love that you are donating to the Southern Poverty Law Center. It inspires me to perhaps volunteer with something outside of my own profession and give back to the community. Thx you for your entry today!

    • jracioppi

      Thanks, Jen! There’s so much work. I appreciate your courage to step up and out. In the words of Dr. King, “We can not walk alone.” All of my love and thank you for this comment.

  • Hala

    So glad you’ll be joining us in DC! I too had a reckoning after the election, and realized that I had wandered from my commitment to social justice, in pursuit of other things. Since then I have also worked to (re)align my business with my values, and have been donating a portion of my profits to causes I care about as well (so far ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund, for their Syrian Refugees work). It has been amazing to witness how many women I respect, even from afar, are hearing this call to action. I’m sorry it has come after the election, but I hope the next four years will be a time of growth and action, for all of us. And I have loved your lunar interpretations for my big picture understanding! See you next week!

    • jracioppi

      Hi Hala, Thank you for your comment. I too have also contributed personal funds to other organizations as well. I am committed to this. And I agree, shame on me for not being more proactive earlier in 2016. It’s a deep grief. Yet, here we are, and the only way forward is forward. I hear the call, and I rise. I am so glad we connect on this point. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Sending you so much love, and my deep wishes to you for a peaceful, cathartic, and purposeful march. Perhaps we’ll meet in D.C.!

      All of my love,

      Jenn

  • Pao

    Thank you so much Jenn, for this statement. You inspire us and empower us all women with your words. I am touched by your experiences and insights every time. You know I march and rise with my writing from my own corner. And I am so happy and excited about working with you. Love and courage from Mexico.

    • jracioppi

      Thank you, Pao. I too am so excited to work with you. I am thrilled to have you join the Group Coaching Program from Mexico. Can not wait to get started. All of my love. And thank you so much for this comment.

      All of my love,

      Jenn

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