Election & Reality

By Swami Nirmalananda

Most of the yoga world in America voted for Hillary.  Not everyone, of course!  But those who voted for Hillary are accepting of others, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation… and politics.  So they are able to accept the yogis who voted for Donald.  Still, many yogis are having difficulty accepting the election results.  More than half of our voters in this election are on the losing side, with the electoral vote trumping the popular vote once again.  How does a yogi face reality?

The reality is that we don’t know what’s going to happen.  Donald’s supporters voted for him because he’s promised to change things, but he hasn’t revealed how.  Not only those who voted against him, but his own voters are thrust into uncertainty as well.   But uncertainty is part of life, even a predominant theme.  Even when things seem predictable or reliable, they don’t always pan you.   This is something you’ve faced before.

I’m amused by how subdued the media is.  Clearly they are shell-shocked, even mourning for the way they thought it was.  However, that’s not the way it really was.  Or is.  It’s time to use your yoga eyes.  See it for what it is.  Accept that it exists as it does.  Step into an intelligent assessment of what’s going on and make your decisions based on what will be effective compared to what’s not effective.

Today’s reality may not correspond to the expectations you had, or even your hopes.  This is not the first time in your life you’ve faced this.  You may be let down, angry, disappointed or anxious, especially if you voted for Clinton.  Yet Trump’s supporters are similarly anxious, for they don’t know what he will do, and they’ve been through all the other feelings along the way.  How does a yogi deal with such feelings?

Do more yoga.  You’re bigger than any election.  You’re bigger than your fears.  You’re bigger than your past and you’re bigger than what you imagine your future to be.  You’re here, right now.  Be.

3 thoughts on “Election & Reality

  1. Susi Godfrey

    Thank you, Nirmala. It reinforces what I knew and I can use all the reinforcement I can get right now. Each day I come another step in figuring out how I go forward with balance and grace.

  2. Judy Goodkin

    Swamiji, thank you So much. I am blessed to have you as my Guru. Once again, you have offered me just what I needed to hear at the moment I needed to hear it. I expect I will reread this teaching many times as I settle into our political reality.


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