November 19 , 2016 / 8 minutes, 28 seconds

USA: SHAKEN & STIRRED

Author: Annette K. Scott

 

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After the election results this blogger is both inspired and slightly frightened to write about it.  It’s been looming over all of us for months and I’m not sure anyone saw this coming; but it’s here.  There is so much to comment on I’ve had to do some research on everything from the Pope to Trump to friends to Facebook videos.  I could speak from a partisan perspective, from a female perspective, from a yogic Buddhist perspective.  I could comment on Trumps arrogant narcissistic homophobic bigoted actions and the possibilities or lack thereof for this country.  Could also comment on Clintons troubles with the law if you will.  I’ve sat here for the past few hours staring at my computer digging down deep to try and not make this trite.  I also have heard lately how people read this blog, huh??  I’m just a person blogging from this computer and now I feel a responsibility to not say the wrong thing.  I’ve noticed that post-election results everyone is saying the wrong thing and everyone’s emotions are amplified.  Whatever “side” you were on, it seems like there’s in fighting amongst the sides now for not being angry or boastful enough.   

I revert to our 32nd US president Franklin D. Roosevelt who in his inaugural address said “only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  This blog post is on a yoga website and it’s no secret that many yogis are liberals; sometimes referred to as hippies.  Therefore, it would make sense to assume many voted for Hilary Clinton and many are disappointed.  More than disappointed, downright disgusted and immensely fearful.  The results have seemed to polarize a country, polarize within the democratic circles, and polarize people from themselves.  Many of the reactions are fear based “am I going to be targeted if I’m brown, yellow, gay, liberal, from another country, tan’sh???”  The full quote from President Roosevelts speech is “so, first, let me assert my firm belief that only one thing we have to fear is fear itself-nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.  In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory.”  First of all, I don’t know who wrote the speech but I would love to have a convo with them.  But back to the task at hand, fear.  You can argue that realistically the fear for people as of now HAS a face, Trump.  If I’m speaking to yogis and I’m going to assume the majority of readers are, the question for us as individuals is how can we transform that fear?   

First order of business is don’t run from the fear, lean into it.  This is WHY we practice yoga, to be able to sit in uncomfortable emotional states without anesthetizing or running from them.  Yoga and any practice of introspection is not about the physical practice but the spiritual.  The practice of each person which includes but is not limited to getting to know oneself better.  Through this being able to monitor our own emotional states and temper our reactions.  The issue comes when it hits close to home.  I’ve heard the owner and fearless leader of Kodawari call it “bumping up against our soft spots.”  We all still have them and when someone or something gets close, the triggers come on.  There are those few seconds, minutes, hours, or days depending on the situation where you have time to process and decide what your reaction is going to be.  In this situation, we all have four years to do it.  Saying that there isn’t a threat to anyone’s personal safety and security might be taking the Pollyanna stance.  We all know what Trump has said and done, it’s not a secret anymore.    

Dr. Masaru Emoto was a Japanese author, researcher, photographer, and entrepreneur who claimed that human consciousness influences the molecular structure of water.  He published a few books, one of the more popular called “The Hidden Messages in Water” where he took water from the Fuji dam, froze it, put it under a microscope and took pictures.  Then he wrote down on pieces of paper to place with the crystals some positive messages and some negative ones.  He then took pictures of the effects on the crystals from the messages.  The images purport to show how our thoughts and words effect things on a cellular level.  If simply writing down words next to frozen water can have such an effect, how can our most intense thoughts affecting ourselves, each other, and the future?   

Our participation, our words, our treatment of each other, our actions, our daily choices, our reactions are all have a butterfly effect.  As this blogger tries to get through these confusing times as well I’ll say the same thing I say to myself.  Return to your practice, stay grounded, maintain a routine, listen without interrupting, be open to friends who don’t have the same political affiliation, lend an ear or a shoulder to cry on, and take a breath before responding to anything.  A wise friend recently said “when they go low, you go high.”

Written by Kristen Carla Blogger/Acupuncture Physician www.facebook.com/kristencarla

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