On the morning after the election, my mind was blown. No Way Did This Really Happen was all I thought. Once my disbelief turned into nausea, I was left feeling angry, worried and full on fear. But there was something else going on…I had this unsettling dis-ease that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. After living in New York City since the 90s, I was no stranger to the turmoil a major tragedy brings, but on this morning post election I felt different.
Then it hit me, I had lost hope. And this sense of hopelessness was new to me.
In astrology, my sun sits in the first house which makes light a huge part of who I am. When I can’t see even a slither of sunshine, or hope, I’m lost.
It’s been almost a week, and while I’m certainly not feeling sunny about this situation, there is a tiny crack of light re-emerging from the dark. I am slowly reconnecting to hope.
Here’s how I’ve been doing this.
6 Places You May Find Hope
Yes, the meditative atmosphere of yoga is certainly conducive to hope, but on that dreary Wednesday morning after the election it was the community of yogis in the room that lifted me up. Simply moving and breathing on the same wavelength with others showed me there is light – in them, and in myself.
In Hardcore Cardio
Our bodies act as a storehouse for all of our emotions, therefore, the cathartic movement of foot stomping, heart pounding exercise will transform toxic energy into sweat. And ultimately this creates space for hope.
Chatting With Others
Like the community I felt in yoga, this time it’s all about the conversation. The importance of being able to vent, and acknowledge these difficult feelings to someone who understands provides not only the opportunity to release, but also to connect with others.
In Music / Art / Writing
Curling up with consoling words, or finding relief underneath my headphones has given me the opportunity to feel even deeper. I love this essay by Aaron Sorkin to his family. And singing loudly / dancing hard to this playlist has touched my soul.
By Taking Action
The protests which are going strong around the country are one way to let off steam, and join up with others. I discovered this list of organizations who need support, and donated money. Here’s an article with more suggestions on how to help. Your response to a call of action is fertile ground for hope.
Have you heard the New Tribe Called Quest? Deemed a powerful protest album, it is the perfect artistry to accompany these times. This is where hope lives…in the full expression of who we are. Go make something meaningful and share it.
How do you get your hope back?
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