As I move into this holiday season, I find my usual anticipation and excitement tempered by the post-election uncertainty and unease I still feel. In talking with friends and students, I’ve found I’m not alone in that experience.
As I think about how to fully embrace this season in the way that I’d like, not only for me, but for my daughter, who at 4 doesn’t really understand the impact our president-elect and his potential staff will have on her and the world, I’ve realized that holding both the feelings of uncertainty and fear alongside with the feelings of excitement and joy is really and truthfully all I can do. It’s important to stay connected to everything that is in your heart and your gut – the truth in your heart and your gut is real and not to be ignored.
It’s also important to realize that all we have is the present moment to act in. We can’t change what happened on November 8th any more than we can change what will happen in 2017. All we can do is act in the now, making good, informed, thoughtful, positive choices with the intention of them leading to positive, healthy, productive, forward-moving results. And that is the beauty of our yoga, meditation and Reiki practices. They give us the tools to help us to stay in the NOW, to be with what is, and to find steadiness and clarity so that we can make sound actions today that will impact tomorrow.
Here’s a simple meditation you can explore to help you feel what you are feeling while also reminding you of what is good and positive in your life right now. If you like to journal, feel free to have a journal and a pen nearby so you can write down anything that captures your attention.
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