How Mindfulness Can Help Us Cope with Our Feelings Post-Election: A Q&A with Sharon SalzbergNone None
One week after the election, we asked mindfulness teacher (and all-around wise human being) Sharon Salzberg how meditation can be helpful to us now. The transcript is below.
What is the most important thing we should be doing for ourselves post-election?
Remembering we need to take care of ourselves, too. While some are pleased with the outcome, others are frightened and full of doubt about the future. We need to monitor how much news to take in before we feel overwhelmed. Some of us feel the need to try to heal ruptures within the family because of differing wishes regarding the election. Being in nature can also bring great perspective, and music, art and poetry can inspire us as well.
How can we show compassion to others during this time?
I try not to dismiss the fears or dismay of others by mindlessly assuring people it will all work out for the best. I don't know that it will! I do know that within each of us is a reservoir of strength, clarity and kindness we can learn to access and nourish. Creating space for whatever someone may be feeling, from hope to dread, is an act of compassion.
Why do you feel it’s important to empathize with others whose views on the election are different from our own?
As CNN's Van Jones said, empathy means understanding, not agreement. Try to understand the viewpoints of others, their hope and fears. This doesn't mean giving up your own sense of right and wrong,