In our 2016 election recovery – how do we move forward with acceptance, peace, and compassion?
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Note: this post is not going to be a political lambast. You know that HHH is all about non-judgement and peace. Please read through fully and with an open mind. Thank you for your understanding.
This was my first election season in DC.
I was ready for the campaigning, the political ads, the constant chatter about it at restaurants and bars.
I wasn’t ready for the energy.
Starting on election day, there was this energy in the air. This panic. This manic burst of electricity all over the city. The day after was even worse. Think about it: a huge percentage of the city’s population would be leaving DC, knowing that the change in power means upheaval and change in their own lives.
Buddhist teacher Ethan Nichtern said it very well. “The story of this election is not blame. The story of this election is white people not knowing what to do with fear. I know how that feels.” (emphasis mine)
Now whether or not you agree with him about the election being about fear, I appreciate the sentiment:
I know how that feels. Every single person spewing hateful rhetoric, whether it’s towards Democrats, Republicans, Third Party Voters, the press, the FBI director, old people, young people, Hispanics, or any other group – is expressing a fear we have found in ourselves.
Maybe we don’t openly discriminate against minorities. Or treat women as play objects. But maybe we villainize the slow coworker. Or your ex boyfriend. Or you villainize your own aging process. The mistakes you’ve made in the past. The weaknesses. The troubles.
We all have fear and pain inside of us.
The unenlightened response to that fear: to attack others. To claim the other is the problem. The other is what is making your pain real.
The enlightened response: see that their fear is your fear. That you’ve felt this pain too. And to then seek the tools and the help to move through that fear with as little negative impact on others as possible.
It’s about attempting to clear the negative energy with love, not hate.
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself”- Rumi
This Week’s Assignment:
Do a favor for your fellow humankind and do something to bring more love and kindness into the world today. Share what you did to spread the love by commenting below or sharing your experience with other members of our Happy Healthy Human community our private Facebook group. Your experience might bring you or someone else exactly the inspiration needed to take the next step. Thank you for sharing!
Samantha Attard, PhD, is the founder of Happy Healthy Human. Sam is a performance coach, yoga instructor, and makes delicious snacks to help you eat with intention. Learn more here.