to those who just wanted to dance

It's been hard to find words in follow up to the tragedy that happened in Orlando earlier this week. I wish I had something profound to say, but I'm realizing that often it's more about the action you take than the words you speak.

So instead of trying to make something up to write to you that doesn't feel totally authentic, I'm going to share the words from others that touched me, along with the actions I took. Hoping they bring you solace or comfort if you're needing it.

Here goes:

Crying. Feeling emotions and letting them flow through. Resisting the temptation to fill up my time with anything that would take me away from the depth and the expression of feeling. This video by Kyle Cease was a great reminder that feeling your feelings is actually a way to contribute to the healing of the world.

Donating. Sending a bit of funds towards this campaign to raise money for the Orlando victims. If you can't donate money, donate time in sharing or prayer.

Remembering. Remembering that love is more abundant than hate. Of all the articles and Facebook posts I read, this blog post by Margaret Nichols hit home the most - reminding us, via a story that reminded me of the movie Happy Feet, to remember who we are and how it can heal.

Creating. Keeping the creative flow alive. Dancing. Expressing. Channeling the pain and emotions in a creative way. Sharing the silly to the sacred and everything in between. I have a hunch that artists are needed most during these crazy times, so don't hold yourself back.

Connecting. Hugging people in real life. Not just with the heart emoji. Get together with the people you love. Tell them you love them. Be in community and support each other.

Let's band together in love and in dance and change this world for the better.

from my heart to yours, Jess