This past week has been a challenging one, no matter who you voted for. Many of us are still trying to process the outcome of the election and trying to envision what comes next. In challenging times, I am eternally grateful to have the tools of yoga to fall back on. This week, I was reminded of some teachings of yoga that I'd like to share with you. They are, for me, important steps when working through difficult experiences.
1. Feel what you feel. Not what you wish you were feeling, or what is convenient to feel. And don't just feel it, express it! Talk about it, write about it, make art about it... We are primed through our yoga practice to tune into all of our sensations and emotions, without attachment or aversion. Keep tuning in and resist tuning out.
2. Release tension from your body. Emotions exist within the body and strong emotions that we don't address become held in our tissues and nervous system. Make time to release the physical effects of stress and emotions through stretching, breathing, and deep relaxation.
3. Find your ground and trust in the strength and love within you. Yoga teaches us that we each have an endless inner resource of strength, compassion, and grounding deep within us. It is always present, even if we can't see or feel it right away. Reconnect daily to your source of love and wisdom and have faith in that deepest part of yourself.
I will leave you with this inspiring quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”