I’ve been cocooning. I’m on a news fast. I don’t check Facebook very often.
It’s just: I’m healthier this way. And I can best hold space for others if I let go of both outrage and fear.
Sometimes this might look like disinterest, or disconnection from the political realm that holds sway over so many people’s lives. I recognize that real people will be affected by the decisions coming out of Washington, and most of it won’t be pretty for a lot of us.
But if I rest in equanimity despite all that, I take back power and authority from those who would steal it away. I don’t have to give away my solid, grounded sense of basic OK-ness, no matter what dire outcomes are predicted.
And maybe by staying centered, I can be part of a cadre who will see a way to make real societal change. (I realize that my privilege insulates me from the worst of the proposals, which could have devastating impact. All the more reason to stay focused on transformation, as best I can.)
Instead of following the latest issues around health-care reform, I focus on ways to re-form myself and my approach to my own health and care.
This is something each of us can do. And we can help each other. And we don’t have to wait for anyone else to make that possible. It can happen now and now and now.
Not to oversimplify the real risks to people with major illness, disability, mental illness, and others in danger of falling through the cracks. I appreciate every single person who agitates for the little guy.
Still, surely everyone, regardless of politics, can support empowerment towards personal/community wellbeing. Especially if it costs nothing.
What costs nothing, yet enhances personal/community wellbeing? Some ideas:
- Following Youtube videos from Lee Holden, who offers chi gong instruction to calm body and mind
- Connecting with likeminded folks, say at one of Kheprw Institute’s many civic-minded forums and gatherings
- Offering a smile to a stranger, chat with a neighbor, hug for a friend
- Noticing beauty
- Paying attention to one’s inner emotional state, and being kind to it
- Being kind in general
- Giving undivided (device-free) attention to a child, an animal, a friend
- Connecting with my Facebook group, A Transformative Space, where we play with personal/planetary transformation
- Enjoying deep breaths
- Walking in the woods
- Forgiving someone else or yourself
- Taking a break from media, or at least social media
- Your idea here
My sense is that more of us could benefit from a measure of quiet introspection, even if it’s just for a few quiet moments each day. And certainly all of us could benefit from more real and caring communication.
I would love to hear what you are doing to re-form yourself, whether or not you find yourself cocooning in this fraught political season. Please comment below if you feel so led!