Election week has finally arrived. While there's little we can do to speed election results, we do have power to take care of ourselves.
"Our anxiety comes from the desire to have things be different. There's going to be the day after the election. And the day after that. We need to be present to what is, regardless of the outcome." ~ Rev. angel Kyodo williams
Here are some suggestions to be present and cultivate a calm mind for the 2020 Elections!
1. Cultivate a Positive Intention
We are one human race. Let's plant the seeds of human wholeness - extending love, respect and kindness towards others and all beings.
2. Chant, Sing, Listen to Music
Our mind and body respond to the rhythms in our environment. Lift your mood by filling your space with music. Bob Marley's Three Little Birds, anyone?
Move through a simple yoga practice or go for a walk (unplugged from your phone and newsfeed). Allow yourself to soak in the sounds and sights, and you will feel more relaxed.
4. Practice Loving Kindness Meditation
Loving Kindness is a profound recognition that our lives have something to do with one another, that everyone counts, everyone matters.
a) Start with yourself:
May I be safe.
May I be free from fear and hate.
May I be happy and healthy.
b) Next, extend the phrases to your loved ones.
May my loved ones be safe.
May my loved ones be free from fear and hate.
May my loved ones be happy and healthy.
c) Extend the phrases to all beings everywhere.
May all beings be safe.
May all beings be free from fear and hate.
May all beings be happy and healthy.
5. Limit your news-intake
Constant connection to information increases stress levels. Avoid Doomscrolling because it isn't good for your mental health.
The human brain can't differentiate between a real smile and a deliberate one. So, smiling more often can actually make you feel calmer and less stressed.
Together, let's envision, nurture and cultivate HUMAN WHOLENESS!
~ Rimmi Singh