Are you stressed over the upcoming 2016 US Presidential Election? It is only 2 weeks until Election Day and early voting has started in many States. Many people are stressed about the election, tired of the divisiveness and exhausted by the nonstop media coverage.
In an article first published in The Washington Post, Colby Itkowitz writes:
“By now we’ve established that election-induced stress is a real and common phenomenon inflicting more than half of American adults, and negatively impacting their work, their relationships and their health. People have been tweeting about their stress eating because of it and giving in to other vices like drinking and smoking weed.
So last week the meditation app 10% Happier enlisted several leading instructors to put together “election emergency” meditations to offer tips and breathing exercises to help our stressed-out populace manage their emotions.
The app is an offshoot of the book of the same name by ABC News anchor Dan Harris, who wrote about a panic attack he had on air and how he subsequently turned to meditation for his stress.”
This is the full article site. http://www.denverpost.com/2016/10/21/stressed-over-the-election-try-the-app-with-emergency-election-stress-meditations/
The app has suggestions for helping us to become centered when we have become wrapped up in the illusion of the election. Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg reminds us to focus on the breath. “The breath will be with us if we’re stuck in traffic or watching a debate. We can always use that as a resource to re-center or re-ground. It’s very portable.”
In the Standing in the Light® classes, we teach not only about meditating but also clearing the reasons and causes for the agitation and stress. If you are stressing about the election, first start to breathe in peace, calm, tolerance, love, and light. Then, ask to clear or heal any of the reasons you might be feeling stressed, angry, and fearful, or any other discordant emotion. Ask to clear any divisiveness within yourself and to help clear that for the nation or humanity as a whole. Balancing the male and female energies within and balancing the energies of the right and the left sides of the body and/or political spectrum will be helpful, too. Finding a favorite meditation, a favorite song, or energy healing technique will help speed up the process of becoming centered again to who you truly are.
Frequently over the last month, I have found myself humming as well as singing out loud an old favorite of mine to pull me back to a centered position, Let There Be Peace on Earth. This song speaks to me because of the recognition that peace on earth begins with me. If you haven’t read them recently, here are the original lyrics.
Let There Be Peace on Earth, Written by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller in 1955
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me;
Let there be peace on earth,
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we,
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me,
Let this be the moment now;
With every step I take,
Let this be my solemn vow
To take each moment and live each moment
In peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Although, I am guided to include the original lyrics here, Wikipedia offers updated gender-neutral lyrics at this link.
Please use the version that most speaks to you and allows peace within you. And if any mirrors are raised by any of the versions, please look at them and clear them! With much love and peace, I AM Lori