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Activism is not a dirty word

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Activist is a scary or ugly word for some. It's a shame how some words can get a certain stigma attached to them. For me, activism in its simplist form is action with positive intent and awareness. In many ways, this type of definition qualifies many of our actions as activist in nature. You might feel indifferent to this, and that's fine. We all see and experience the world in a different way.

"Voicing our intentions is often part of becoming clear about and making a commitment to action"
(Oriah Mountain Dreamer, 2001: 14)

Activism is also about how it looks 'on the outside'. So even when I may have the best intentions at heart, my practices may not reflect that to others; my actions may not be seen as positive or working towards positive change. So, it's not just the intention that counts but the action that births from that intention, vision, dream. In other words, activism can be like a dance of intention and practice - how well do the two tango together?

"Saying something we truly mean and being able to live it are two very different things"
(Oriah Mountain Dreamer, 2001: 14)