The political conversation is LOUD right now. Blaring. From Facebook to real-life conversations to the therapy couch. (Yes, it's bringing a lot up for a lot of people).
But why is no one talking about the inner process of the political season? The psychological and spiritual impact of all the division, hate, and aggressive communication going on? Have we simply forgotten what it is we're committed to?
Because we are people with a practice---be it yoga, meditation, love, mothering, or waxing on/waxing off in our unique way...
We know to look inside for the source of our pain, not outside. Right?
Let me be completely honest. I'm terrified of a Trump presidency. Up until a few days ago, I literally couldn't even look at him because I felt so much disgust, fear, and discomfort.
I could easily make that his fault. Call him names. Hurl insults. Believe me, it's tempting. But honestly, there are already more than enough people who're doing that and I believe it's adding fuel to his fire.
Because when we project that he's the problem and we're the victim, we give him our power.
And is THAT really the person you want holding your power? Exactly. This is dangerous.
I want to do it differently.
Instead, I want to confront the intense discomfort I feel about Trump and take responsibility for it because in my hands, I can transform it into light and then work to do good, while in his back pocket, my disowned power only does harm.
Doing this is intense and confronting for me, but I'm doing it anyway. Here goes.
I read an article by Deepak Chopra that talked about how Trump is showing us our collective shadow (our disowned unconscious). Maybe it's that. I DO feel this intense discomfort when I have to consider that we're both human. And that there are parts of me that, like him, hold hatred.
But for me, I think there's more.
In my past, I have been on the receiving end of hatred and attack fueled by mental illness. I did not walk away unscathed.
Quite the opposite.
And Trump...reminds me...in a way that's a little more in-my-face than I'd prefer right now.
I've done a lot of work around my personal history and continue to. And it's a win that I found the willingness to look this (and him) in the eye.
Here's the truth. I will not allow my old, painful stories or him to have power over me.
Not only do I have enough health in my system to stay empowered in the face of his hate, but I also have a VOTE. One that I will use and one that I will relish.
I've looked my history in the face around this and now I'm more available to engage in a way that will actually support positive change. Like writing this post. Because my power is in my own hands.
Yes, I still need to move my feet like all good activists do, but at least now I feel like I can do so while feeling connected to my own power. And that makes all the difference.
I'd love to hear from you. What comes up for you around this election? Do you agree that we each have a responsibility to own our own feelings and experience? And then, after having done so, what are we capable of that'll make positive change?
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All my love,