The outrage and upset all over social media reflect the complete frustration many feel about the current state of the nation and the absolute loony-tunes who is “running” our country. Feeling otherwise powerless, many are calling, writing, emailing, signing, all in the hope of helping minimize the damage that awful man is doing to our country and its people. There is no shelter from the storm, it seems, as it rages around us.
In the middle of all this, I’m trying to launch a business and must remain single-minded about it until it’s off and running in another six to eight weeks. Because I know that life still goes on and people still need healing, and will still need it in the future–maybe even more so given current events. But I’m not going to lie: it’s hard to maintain my equilibrium and not express or even feel my complete outrage at what’s going on. But I have to focus on the long view.
Work on mid-term elections
One of the most important and strategic things we can do is affect mid-term elections in swing states and areas. That’s going to be my long-term focus and I’m willing to travel to do that. But in the meantime, it’s really important that we all not burn out with all of this activity that needs to happen. The protests. The letting-our-views-be-known to elected officials. The noise we have to make to let this bozo know that we will not let his actions stand. This stuff has to be done, but it can’t steal our lives, our souls, our centers.
Ways to seek shelter from the storm
I’ve heard from more than one friend that they’re having a hard time staying calm. So let me give you my techniques for seeking shelter from the storm.
I don’t consume much news right now. We take the New York Times on the weekend and I’ll read it. My husband knows to alert me if there is something i need to know. And I trust my friend Robin, a former New York Times reporter, and my Facebook friend, Mikal, to alert me via their posts about particularly egregious actions I should know about. And that’s pretty much it. No TV news and also for my sanity I try to avoid the more hysterical Facebook posters to whom everything is a crisis.
I find my calm center, whether through meditation or reading. Fortunately, I’m still in school and my classmates and I have formed a loving and supportive tribe of like-minded women. My focus on the work we are doing, our studies in past-life regression and our knowledge that we are spiritual beings having a human experience (and not the reverse) remind me that there is something bigger going on in the world. A larger meaning, even if we do not understand it. And with their help, I am able to find that haven of calm amidst the storm. Free apps like Om and Headspace help remind me to meditate daily. Try them!
I look toward the future and mid-term elections, and know that just as soon as my business is up and running, I’ll start finding ways to contribute to strategic efforts to change the majority so that it’s harder for that awful man to do his damage. In the meantime, I honor my sisters and brothers who are fighting day in and day out to hold that man and all elected officials accountable and do what I can to assist.
I encourage everyone to find their calm center and to go there as much as possible for shelter from the storm, even as we all do the work that must be done to keep true American values alive.
I’d love your thoughts.