by Marygrace Lomboy
This week has been an interesting, and a challenging one with our recent election.
In a study done by the American Psychological Association, it was reported that nearly ¾ of adults in the US were feeling some sort of stress related to this past election. The negative talk, the commercials, social media, and even possible division amongst families and friends.
The sheer divisiveness of the campaign has made many uneasy, with feelings of fear, anger, anxiety, and uncertainty. When we feel anxious, we tend to rely on emotions that have us react instead of rationally responding to a situation. Limiting our exposure to the media may help to avoid falling into that realm of that out of control highly anxious place we often find ourselves in. It can suck us in if we let it. Let’s rise above those feelings and choose peace instead. Keeping things in perspective and always taking the time to come back to our breath and the blessings that each breath has for us. Each breath is a time to restart new, a time to pause in between, and a time to exhale our tensions and our anxieties.
Bringing this glorious breath and feelings of peace to all areas of the body and acknowledging how things are for you right now, in this moment. Feeling your feet, legs, hips, lower and upper body, arms, shoulder, neck, head, feeling the movement of your breath, the actual sensations of breathing, reminding yourself that you are here, alive and whole.
And remembering the words of St Frances:
Where there is hatred, let there be love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
Where there is sadness, joy
May peace be with all of you,