Wednesday, November 9, 2016
I woke up this morning deeply saddened by the outcome of the election. I asked myself and others a lot of questions. How could this happen? Do we really live in that big of a bubble? What do we tell Sofia? Is he really that bad? What do we do next?
I turned to a few coping mechanisms that have helped me through tough times in the past and I wanted to share them with you in hopes that they will provide some comfort and healing as we tread through this uncharted territory.
First, I decided to hold my favorite mantra/verse close today: "Do not fear, only believe." - Mark 5:36
Then I pulled out my watercolors to do the above painting. Brushing color across the blank page was calming.
I dressed in my brightest clothes to take Sofia to school - to cheer myself and others up. Color heals.
I watched Hillary's concession speech - which was beautiful, strong and emotional.
In between all of this, I cried, I talked and texted with like-minded friends, I cried some more.
Then I did this guided Loving Kindness meditation - which helped a lot. I even held up Donald Trump in my meditation and decided if love trumps hate then I cannot hate Donald Trump. I felt an amazing sense of calm and relief after meditating. I highly recommend it!
And then I decided to go on a media/social media diet. At this point I feel like both sides are propagating fear and I need to find answers and peace in other ways.
I hope one or more of these ideas resonates with you.
How are you creating peace with the outcome of the election?