Politics and Presence

If you’ve been observing the news cycle since the end of the US Republican and Democratic national political conventions, you may have noticed that the drama from both sides has continued. Name calling, accusations, assumptions, and posturing, mixed with platform policy that some agree with and others disagree with.

I’ve been doing what I can to stay out of the fray, to check my political pulse, and to question my thoughts and actions in regard to the candidates, and their respective parties. Sometimes I am quite successful in not attaching to thoughts that create upset, or even thoughts that bring joy. I notice that I am most drawn to speeches and policies that align with my ideas about inclusiveness, and taking care of other beings and the environment. If something seems to oppose that then – whoops! – my mind can take me on a rough and tumble journey through the land of harsh judgement, and inflexibility. That is not a comfortable place, and I like to be comfortable, don’t you?

What should we do? Do we roll over and let our ideals be trampled? Do we watch passively as human rights are violated, and violence erupts? Where do we place are focus? Below are some options to consider as we embrace change – which sometimes looks chaotic.

Pema Chodron offers this: “In the most ordinary terms, egolessness is a flexible identity. It manifests as inquisitiveness, as adaptability, as humor, as playfulness. It is our capacity to relax with not knowing, not figuring everything out, with not being at all sure about who we are — or who anyone else is either.”

The recording below on YouTube from Abraham-Hicks about the 2016 Presidential election may also be helpful. In it, the question is posed, “How do you find alignment in the midst of divisiveness?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW5rJ-OEN2w

Thich Nhat Hanh - When we are mindful

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