Today is a day of prayer, self-reflection, meditation or a combination of the three. As a citizen of the United States of America, I’ve always been made aware of my place in this nation. However, it had never become as blaringly obvious as it did at around 2am when I rolled over to check my phone and learned the winner of the 2016 presidential election. It has been an ‘off’ day, to say the least. From the scattered tension headaches and fatigue to the sun-less and gloomy weather outside, this day is unfolding as a sort of evil synthesis against humanity, peace and love. I can literally feel it in the air. What to do? What to say?
The burden is too heavy to bear.
I am aware because my mind, body, and soul are fully immersed in a creek of murky waters and I feel like they are drowning agonizingly slow. The truth is, I cannot conceal such an ugly truth.
But, know this: you are a beauty, a gem in this world. I ask you to celebrate your otherness in the most fearless light possible.
Numbers have strength, so let us unify by supporting one another and continuing to build and expand within our own communities and families. Shop local, and shop small. Research a brand before you choose to give your hardworking money away to it–you never know what hidden initiatives you might actually be financially backing. Visit or contact an older, highly-respected family member and allow them to be your teacher, even if for 30 minutes.
Become a student of your surroundings. Acknowledge the otherness in yourself and those around you. Embrace it.
Drink lots of water and treat yourself by practicing routine self-care: yoga, meditation, prayer, a balanced diet. Allow warm, knowledgeable and wise spirits into your circle for a good laugh. Have an alcohol-free happy hour–instead, do something you love or have thought about doing that doesn’t involved chemically altering your brain function.
Today is not a day to mourn, but to grow. Donald Trump is not my president; he does not represent a single drop of my life path’s intentions. Therefore, my mind and heart will not clutter with negative, harmful feelings as a result of such a hateful, greedy, evil man.