by Catharine Hannay
I post on Tuesdays, so here I am. But I confess that I'm flummoxed. It's a week after election day, and it seems like the U.S. is living in separate realities. In one reality, a new president has been legally elected. In the other reality, there has been (as-yet-unproven) widespread voter fraud.
MindfulTeachers.org is a politically neutral space, so I will just say that I find this situation very upsetting.
I'm usually good about not checking the news right before bed. Unfortunately, I broke my own rule a couple of times this past week. The first night, I couldn't sleep at all. The second night, I tossed and turned for hours, then dreamed about political ads!
I slept a lot better last night. Rather than checking the latest headlines, I did a lovingkindness meditation for everyone who is suffering during such an odd and stressful week in an already odd and stressful year.
Today it's sinking in that what I've been seeing on the news and on social media is quite different from what I've been seeing among my family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
Tensions can run very high in such a volatile year. It's essential to keep doing whatever types of practices each of us finds most healing.
If you'd like some suggestions, here are links to a few different types of practices and resources:
- 5 Mindfulness Practices for Challenging Times
- 4 Quick Self-Care Tips for Frazzled Teachers and Students
- Yoga, Mindful Movement, and Body-Based Practices
- Resources for Practicing and Teaching Kindness and Compassion
- Breath-Based Practices for Mindfulness or Stress Reduction
And I think I'll leave it at that for today. Over the coming weeks, I will continue to share resources and reflections on the variety of ways to heal ourselves and our world. At the moment, I need to practice what I preach and take some time for my own self-care.
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