The other night in my yoga class, the instructor asked take a minute and set an intention for class. This is normal, something we do at the beginning of every class, we pick something to focus on when the going gets tough. But this time, she asked us to consider borrowing her current intention.
She shared with us that this is going to be her intention for the next week – without actually saying it… until the election is over.
I think this is so, so important. Not just for us, as voters, but for our countries candidates. Why do we have to be so mean? There is so much hate in the world and we don’t need any more. I want to do my part and not add to it.
Each political party has members and followers that are good people. We can’t generalize and decide we hate everyone that disagrees with us. Politics is deeply personal. We all have issues we care about and issues we don’t. Let’s not hate on someone because their opinion is different – that doesn’t make sense. And it’s kind of like… the opposite of what being an American is supposed to be. It’s ok to disagree, it’s not ok to spread hate.
And then there’s that idiot on facebook that is just spewing uneducated nonsense to get people fired up – ignore it. Don’t feed in. Don’t spread hatred and negativity. Be kind to them even though they are acting like a total douche.
At the end of that yoga class, the teacher asked us to stay for a few extra minutes, in the quiet room – just to be still and meditate on kindness. That is normally so not my jam, but I did it anyway. And you know what? As crazy as it sounds, I felt kindness in that room.
At this point, other than casting your vote, there is not much you can personally do to change the outcome of this election. I get it, it’s an important one, voting is important. But another thing that’s important is being good.
Related: For another important point about the upcoming election, check out this post by AA.