A Yogi Navigating a Politically Ravaged World
It’s a really crazy time in the world right now; there is not a single person that isn’t affected by what is happening politically. Turning on the news, listening to the radio, or even scrolling through a Facebook or Instagram feed can feel emotional and heavy. Everyone has an opinion. Everyone wants to be heard.
If you’re like me, it can all feel a bit overwhelming. I never want to be misinformed or close my eyes to what is happening around me. However, I can only take so much. Trying to find the happy medium between involvement and obsession has proved to be a very fine line, especially when friends and family are politically charged. How do we take care of ourselves while amidst such political upset?
Well, I’m not exactly sure. But this is what I do…
Yoga: My yoga practice has made all the difference. When it feels as though I cannot escape the rhetoric of Donald Trump, his proponents and his opposers, I simply get on my yoga mat. In Ashtanga yoga, music, radio, TV, and social media are not encouraged during practice. Therefore, everyday I have at least 90 minutes designated as social blackout. Those 90 minutes save me.
Baths: Lord knows I don’t need an excuse to take a bath. That said, Donald Trump as president has given me an excuse to take even more soaks in the hot tub. For me, bath taking is like a free one hour session with a therapist. Every time I take a bath, I come out a little better. Light some candles, add some sea salt and essential oils, close my eyes and let the tension and chaos momentarily leave my body. Feelings of upset and turmoil cause damage when not released. We must learn to feel and we must learn to let go.
Talk Therapy: I talk about what I’m feeling! Whether it’s with family, friends, or my dog, I let my emotions be heard. Bottled up feelings will only result in negativity and dangerous outbursts. Let that shit out! Obviously, we all must find appropriate outlets… No need to spew political opinions on unsuspecting strangers in the grocery store.
Eat Junk Food: Yes, I am a HUGE advocate for healthy eating. But when the going gets rough, sometimes you just need some pizza. On inauguration day, a girlfriend and I ate sandwiches from the local cafe, chips and dip, oreo cookies, and beer while watching Mr. Trump get sworn into office. The junk food was perfect. I wouldn’t suggest eating such things on a regular basis, but when the time calls for it… Eat crap.
Get Outside: Fresh air can make a world of difference.
Do My Part: There are many ways to stay involved and to stand up for what we believe in. Let our voices be heard! Make phone calls. Send postcards. Post to social media. Attend rallies and protests. I try and contribute, however small or large. Every little bit counts.
Maybe this all sounds overly simplistic… That’s okay. Everyone deals with difficulty differently, so you’ll have to find what works for you. When the going gets rough, how do you handle it? I’d love to hear.
P.S... Stay tuned for a special OmStars interview with Kino MacGregor coming this Friday!!!