These days it seems everyone is using the word woke. “Urban Dictionary defines “woke” as being aware, and “knowing what’s going on in the community.” It also mentions its specific ties to racism and social injustice. To use “woke” accurately in a sentence, one that captures its connotations and nuances, you’d need to reference someone who is thinking for themselves, who sees the ways in which racism, sexism, and classism affect how we live our lives on a daily basis. “( Source: Bustle)
I was on Instagram, and I noticed a list of ways to stay woke listed below. I figured I would flesh them out to give you to do actions for your own road to “wokeness.”
8 Ways to Be Woke
- Stop supporting corrupt companies- Companies like Nestle, who continues to steal water, and sell it back to us is a great example of one company to stay away from. I buy off brand water in gallons, and I have a water filter. I am still finding a way to ween myself off of Amazon that provides extremely it’s workers low wage, part time work often with no benefits.
- Plant seeds (grow your own food)- I urge you if you have any space on your window seal, balcony, a back yard, front yard, a community space to learn to grow your own food. Organic food grown yourself will really make you appreciate the process of how your food gets from the farm to your plate. It has also taught me patience, and the food just tastes better. You can buy transplants from home depot for less than $5 and a pot or even a bucket, and start little by little.
- Eat clean/ take care of yourself/ Get moving- So much of the diseases that Americans tend to have are diet related I am learning. With the cost of medical care in the United States, I have found it best to prevent things like diabetes and high blood pressure which “run in my family” with the adopting of a plant based vegan diet. I swear I have not had a major illness, not even the flu since I have done that. Coupled with my diet, I work out 5-6 days a week. Nothing ridiculous. I just run a couple of miles and lift weights. My doctor is always asking what I do, my answer does not change. Let your food be your medicine.
- Start praying and meditating- We all need down time to let the monkey mind rest and to achieve some level of inner peace. I am not religious so I do not pray, but I do meditate. I started with a group, and now I can meditate on my own. It definitely calms me down, and helps me relax after a long day.
- Ask the right questions- I think asking the right questions can really help reveal to you what is happening in the world right now. So many of our “news” is fed to us through the lens of the elites that control our media. Once you start asking critical questions of who is in power, you can start to truly understand what is happening and work to change.
- Research- Research for me comes mostly through reading. I think it is so important to read a book these days. In addition, you can watch documentaries, but do try to check the sources and think critically of what you are watching.
- Turn Off Your TV- I do not have cable. If I truly want to watch TV, I can find a way. I haven’t had cable since 2010, and I feel great about it. TV is such a distraction, and again the programming is coming from the companies who buy ads and contribute to these large networks. You have to remember that at all times.
- Spend time in nature- I grew up in a small city, and as a child my father used to take my siblings and I hiking, bike riding, camping, and whatever outdoor activity we could get into. Spending time in nature got away from me in my early adult years, but now I love taking a nice walk on lunch in the nearby nature preserve to clear my mind, and smell the fresh air. I also love green, so that helps. Spend time away from the city life and light pollution.
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