First, thank you to the many of you who responded to my last post! I had some beautiful conversations with people who resonated with what I wrote. I appreciate you reaching out and letting me know. Connection is my favorite thing in the world, and I want to share things that are meaningful not just to me, but also to you.
The theme that I see running through much of our various struggles is the idea that it is “mine”. It belongs to me, ergo I am alone in it. That belief is what keeps us scared, stressed, and overwhelmed. My personal word for this year is SUPPORT. I have dived into this word, let it hold me and guide me and inspire me to give and receive in greater amounts. How would it feel to know that someone (or many) has ‘got your back’? Stop for a moment and feel into that. What a relief, right? We all have that available to us, we only need to ask for it and then open to receive.
This has been a difficult, emotional week for me, personally. If you were a voter in the U.S. election it may have been for you, too. I’ve been asked, now that the election is over, what do we do? Here is my advice (which works for all times of trouble and turmoil):
1. Get in touch with your feelings. Take a moment to slow down and get to know the emotions that are living in you, beyond the thoughts and judgments. When I sat down and put my hand on my heart, I was able to acknowledge that I was feeling sad and scared. You don’t have to know what to do with the feelings, just know what is present.
2. Decide how you desire to feel. Intention is power. It draws what we want to us. How do you desire to feel? I want to feel safe, hopeful, empowered. What can we do to bring those desired feelings in?
3. Share your truth. As challenging as this week has been, I have experienced some loving and authentic connections as I have shared what’s in my heart with other people who resonate. (A word of caution–only share with those with whom it is safe to do so. It is totally ok to protect your heart if you know that what you have to share will not be received with love and respect.) There is no greater feeling of comfort than to know you are not alone.
If you don’t have anyone around you to share with, find a group. I’ve been heartened to see special sessions being offered at local yoga studios and meditation groups this week, even online, to help people deal with the aftermath of this week’s events. Even simply attending a regular yoga or meditation class can help you get beneath the mind chatter to that still and peaceful place beyond.
And of course, feel free to reach out to me. I’m here for you.
Have a lovely and peaceful week.
P.S. RIP Leonard Cohen. Here is KD Lang singing one of his most well-known songs.