Shoshanna Silverberg's blog
Wow, even WordPress’ Dashboard is different now that I’m back attempting to blog…
I am eating Trader Joe’s Thai Chili almonds over a 9 oz glass of Chardonnay at the Las Vegas Airport. Truth. So to speak???? It’s a far cry from where I was months ago when blogging about being an integrative law student was one of the lifelines I had holding me in check as I anxiously completed and then emerged from the nightmarish cocoon of law school.
The short story? Ha. I’ll try.
It started last spring when I began meditating on my intentions and actively began envisioning how I could manage to make a decent living/improve my circumstances financially (and this definitely falls under the umbrella of “self-care” by the way). I kept asking myself, almost in a chant, almost like a mantra: How am I going to advocate for policies I believe in AND support myself economically? A quarter of a million dollars in educational debt I was (and am, thank you). But beyond the debt, what kind of opportunity was I working on manifesting for myself? What would be the texture of the “work” I would do in the world? My goal has always been and continues to be service, making the world a better place — more specifically, helping to facilitate healing in the world, not war, not divisiveness, not convenience or expediency over thoughtfulness and integrity and cogency — not without connection between what feels to me, and to others, like what’s REAL for people and what’s IMAGINED TO BE REALITY for policy makers. Hmm… What does all of that mean? And how does one even purport to hope to “manifest” such a proposition?
I find myself at what feels like bizarre crossroads. On the one hand, I have just completed what was one of the more challenging projects I’ve ever taken on — law school. This accomplishment came on the heels of years spent engaging in political advocacy at the grassroots and state level. On the heels of teaching yoga and meditation (self-care) to a variety of folks, from “at-risk” youth and human services professionals to legislators and their staff. And, on the heels of having completed a first degree, a Master of Arts in Holistic Thinking. The rub for me, in any of the ways that I assert my intellect and my spirit, is how to bring a sensitivity, an awareness, of thought as well as of feeling, into any realm of decision-making we as individuals and communities are involved in.