The Women's March took place on January 21st, 2017. This has been recorded as the world's largest protest, with 5 million worldwide participating. That is pretty amazing.
I have to admit I was unsure of what the Women's March represented when I first got word of it. From the gist of what I read on social media and the obvious title, I understood it referred to "Women's Rights." Then I started to read other comments from those who opposed the March, "stop complaining," "get over it," "you people are a bunch of whiners" and many other unsettling conversations.
So it got me thinking, why not ask people face to face why they choose to attended the Women's March?, instead of just assuming. The most obvious response I received was " I am here because I am anti-Trump." For me that answer is not good enough because I would like to understand the deeper intentions to why a person may feel "anti-Trump" and have chosen to march.
Eventually, I found other groups of people and asked them the same question. The more responses I received, a patten began to unfold. "I want to protect my rights as a women," "I am standing up for my friends and family who are part of the LGBT community," "I believe in Human Rights," "I support environmental rights," "I support animal rights" and the list goes on. The reasoning for protesting began to sub-divide into topics that people were concerned about that could be at risk and/or are still an issue today.
After completing a Feng Shui consultation with a client on Sunday she revealed that she attended the Women's March in NYC. I asked her the same question, Why did you choose to go? and added, How did it make you feel?
Since the election the out look seems so unsettling and unsure. Because of that, it I have built up large amounts of anxiety and worry. When I saw the Women's March, I became curious yet also concerned that it could become violent with opposing protesters. Even with that thought, I knew I needed to attend and was unsure of what to expect. When I arrived with friends on the day of the March everyone was in great spirits, laughing and using humor as a way to release stress, worry and concern. It felt so good to be around like minded people and I am happy I went because it gave me a sense of relief.
I found her response to be the most eye opening. There is really no one set correct answer, yet it was intriguing that she felt gravitated toward the march for self-healing.
When people choose to march, protest or even create artwork, its a form of expression. The benefit of intentional healthy expression can create change (i.e. women's civil rights and the civil rights movement). It helps to release emotions that, if held onto for too long, could become unbeneficial and transform into something worse.
This is my understanding and experience when asking the question, why do people even bother to protest?
Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times.