Shine Your Light!

Post Election Inspiration

Like so many people, I still find myself dazed and confused from the events of this past week. With so much fear and uncertainty, I continue to be grateful for my practice to provide a steadiness as I process the wide range of emotions that I know so many of us are experiencing. It can be easy in times like these to shut down into the darkness. But as so many of my own teachers have reminded me this week, now more than ever we need to connect to one another and we can only find each other if our lights are shining bright. So let’s feel what we are feeling together. Meditate, pray, hold your friends and family close, reach out, laugh, cry, and whatever it is that allows us to feel connected to something bigger and more meaningful in this moment. And then let’s get to work in illuminating our communities, our nation and ultimately our world. We are all in this together. Let’s embrace each other.

Below are a few resources that have been helpful in reminding me of the powerful roles that perspective and resilience can play in challenging times. You will see I’ve included my loving kindness guided meditation once again. This has served as my go-to practice over these last few days. It provides the reminder that we are all experiencing a shared vulnerability, regardless of where we sit on the political spectrum and that compassion can be our best guide.

And in the words of the late Leonard Cohen whose passing this week provided an additional layer of sadness, “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” A true poet and visionary whose words and music are needed now more than ever.

The Lion’s Roar: Buddhist teachers respond to Trump’s presidential win

The New Yorker: How To Restore Your Faith In Democracy?

Huffington Post: If You’re Overwhelmed By The Election, Here’s What You Can Do Now

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