The Women’s March on Washington, which will take place on Saturday near the U.S. Capitol on the first day of Donald Trump’s presidency, has officially surpassed one million registered participants across the world (and counting), with a total of 616 sister marches planned in 151 cities across 58 countries.
“It was clear from week one this was going to be a global movement,” Evvie Harmon, Global Co-Coordinator, says in a press release. “It’s like the women of the world were sitting on a powder keg and Donald Trump lit the match.”
The mission of the March, according to the organizers’ website, is to “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.” The March has also established certain unity principles, including ending violence and supporting reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice.
And no, you don’t have to be a woman to march. The Women’s March on Washington is for any person, regardless of gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights, according to the organizers’ website.
“Protests like the Women’s March remind us that we are part of a bigger collective voice, and that our individual voice matters,” says Meditation Studio’s co-founder, Patricia Karpas, who also hosts the app’s companion podcast, Untangle. “Some people march because they want to be surrounded by the energy of others who share their feelings. Some are angry or frustrated and want to be heard. Some march for those who came before us, or for their daughters or sons or for future generations. Whatever is true for you, your meditation practice can help to focus your efforts and energy in a way that can inspire positive change.”
A Meditation Inspired by the Women’s March
Meditation Studio teacher Stefanie Goldstein, co-founder of the Center for Mindful Living in L.A., created this meditation for people to listen to before or after the March to help us feel grounded and centered as we continue to fight for women’s rights.
The meditation inspires us to:
- Take deep breaths to calm the nervous system.
- Connect to our hearts, to stay in touch with what’s true for each of us.
- Reflect on the many reasons that inspire us to action.
- Know that we always have control over how we show up in our lives.
- Take the experience of the March with us when it’s over.
You can hear more of Goldstein’s meditations and others by downloading the Mediation Studio app. Learn more on Meditationstudioapp.com.