What can we do when elections playing out on the other side of the world risk having a profound impact on the quality of our own lives?
Yesterday the United States of America elected Donald Trump as president. Leaving much of the rest of the world shell-shocked and America divided. In truth both presidential campaigns were marred. What will help us now is to collectively turn inwards rather than rage outwards. To get clear on what is really important for us. And to strengthen our trust in ourselves so that we can stand strong in our own beliefs.
Better the devil you know than the devil you don't?
The reality is that many in the US believed that Donald would bring about much needed change. And many liked the straight talking, “what you see is what you get”! He spoke his mind. He said it straight. Perhaps they trusted Donald more than Hilary.
Sadly, his straight talking comes with a large dose of hate, bigotry, inflammatory words and unfounded facts. Yes! Democracy, peoples rights, healthcare, education and the environment in the US, are now at risk. Money threatens to take an even tighter hold on the global economy and our natural resources.
Now is not the time for us to allow our fear and anger to take over. Neither is it the time for us to put our heads in the sand and hope that the problem will go away. It won’t. It’s here to stay.
Now is the time for us to step up
We can start by connecting with how this has impacted us personally and seeking to express our thoughts and feelings mindfully. It’s important that we know who we are and what we stand for. And we need to take care of ourselves first, so that we are better able to do what is needed to take care of others in the future. That means keeping away from the noise and spending more time doing the things we love.
Then perhaps we can step out and speak up. This was a democratic vote and we must accept that. We weren’t able to prevent the propagation of hate generated by the campaigns. Things haven’t gone as we might have hoped for. We might have been on the other side of the world, but I'm guessing that we all played our part in fueling emotions around these campaigns.
We need more trust and compassion
Now we must accept where we are and personally I would like to see us redouble our efforts to encourage more trust and compassion in every way we can. By actively listening to others opinions and thoughts. Seeking to understand. Looking for common ground. Deciding for ourselves and responding thoughtfully. Perhaps then we can replace conflict with mediation and hold the hope that changes will be thoughtfully introduced.
Easier said than done I know. But resistance just gets us more of the same. Ultimately, in today's world we need more collaboration and trust, not less.
First take care of yourself
One of the key principles of self-trust is to know that we need to take care of ourselves first, in order that we can better take care of others later. Other principles are to be willing to express our feelings, to stand by our values, to accept our mistakes and try again, to listen to others and then decide for ourselves, knowing that we don't have to always be right. Here’s some things you can do to start feeling better now:
Don't participate in the noise on the Internet
- Wise advice from Marianne Williamson. This will only serve to inflame your emotions and cause more upset, whether you’re for or against.
- Use meditation and yoga techniques to contain your energy and keep it strong.
Focus on the positive
- For example, it looks like people made a stand for straight talking politicians. Maybe this will encourage more open speaking, honest and less manipulative politicians for the future! And if that doesn’t work, just focus on something else, anything else that helps you to feel better in the moment. Abraham Hicks rampages are very effective and fun state changers!