It’s still there.
The conversations. The disbelief. The fear. The uncertainty.
Dang. I thought by breathing into it that it would all just go away or at least settle down into a quiet little burble.
But it keeps frothing up, calling out to be acknowledged, asking to be heard.
Uncertainty does that.
It’s the thing about life, at any time. We want to know the future is certain. We want to know it is predictable.
To a certain degree we can. Feel confident in its certain appearance. Feel certain in its predictability.
Yet, when massive upheavals like Nov 8th’s election result appear, the future feels less known, less certain, less predictable.
And fear rises.
To offset fear, I must always choose to breathe into the moment. Always accept that what is, truly is, instead of giving into my disbelief that it could be so!
And so, I breathe. And share in my wise friend Leigh’s loving-kindness meditation. It is a prayer for peace to begin within me and within everyone around me — those I fear and those I love. They are all the same. Deserving of prayer. Deserving of loving-kindness – no matter my judgments, fears or apprehensions, prayers for peace are my road to peace within and all around me.
Chant for the first 10 minutes for yourself:
- I am filled with lovingkindness
- I am well
- I am peaceful and at ease
- I am happy
Chant for 10 minutes for ________________ (in this case Trump)
(As Leigh explains it: I began it as an affirmation, the way I said it for myself. Something in me instantly began to fight and I started crying again. I realized I needed to chant it to the more prayerful form in which it is usually spoken… I could feel my heart expand and I realized saying the chant for someone, while it may or may not also help that person, is something to do for your own peace, to clear your own heart.)
- May (fill in name Trump) be filled with lovingkindness
- May he be well
- May he be peaceful and at ease
- May he be happy
Finish with 10 minutes of chanting for _________________ (in this case Leigh chanted for America — for me it was our leaders).
- May America be filled with lovingkindness
- May she be well
- May she be peaceful and at ease
- May she be happy
Repeat often throughout the day. Keep repeating. Keeping settling into the prayer to allow grace to enter and let fear and uncertainty go.