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Dear Meli,

In case you didn’t already know, we recently elected a sexist, racist pathological liar as President of the United States. WTF? I consider myself a spiritual person, but it’s really hard for me not to hate this guy. Not only that, I feel despair about the direction our country is going in. How can we stay true to our spiritual vision when this guy is in charge?

Terrified of Trump


Dear Terrified,

I don’t personally know our President Elect, not that I’d care to. Here’s what I mean. His history has shown that he is, indeed, a liar much of the time.

From watching him (granted, I have done so as little as I can while remaining a responsible citizen), it seems that he likes to get people riled up. He wants attention. And he’s good at working our country’s media in order to garner attention. But that is all he seems to be consistent with.

I don’t trust that he is any one consistent person. I don’t think he stands for anything in particular.

The unfortunate thing about this is that it means that he won’t be an acting president. And this means that whomever he is surrounded by will be the people actually in command of our nation. And it is looking like those people might indeed be racist, sexist, homophobic (and then some).

But here’s the thing. Historically, we have had many presidents who were racist, sexist, homophobes. Not to minimize the possible damage that can be done. But I’m just saying…he wouldn’t be the first one. And yet here we are.

I believe we, as a nation, are in the midst of a healing. And yes, sometimes healing can be painful. But I do believe that there is an evolution of consciousness taking place here. Always.

The thing about evolution is that it takes time. So while one might say that this president looks embarrassingly bigoted, one could also posit that this is simply a reflection of the underbelly of our country. It’s the dark side showing itself. But it’s not a new dark side! It’s simply showing itself in a way that is more visible, more overt.

And overt is good. Overt can be taken on, talked about because it’s in the open.

So what do we do? We do our spiritual practices so that we are better able to stay present. For while we are present, we are available to ourselves. And when we are available to ourselves, we will know what is ours to do and/or say in any given situation. And there may very well be situations ahead where we will want to make the right choices in the right moments.

We do our spiritual practices and we stand for what we believe in. We stand strong in the face of racism and sexism even if it’s scary. We withstand (stand with) our feelings, while staying true to our integrity. Even if it’s hard.

The great news is that conversations are happening. More conversations are sure to be asked for. And we may be the ones to have them. So to prepare, we do our spiritual practices. So that when we feel reactive, we don’t lash out with our feelings, unless that is what is called for from our deeper knowing.

We listen and follow. And in the meantime, we cultivate our ability to listen and to follow. How do we do this? We practice. And we stay true to our conviction to do so. By doing it.

On the other side is a greater humanity. We may or may not see it in the short term. But that is what is happening here.

Meanwhile, we protect those we can from hate. We stand for love and respect, for all sentient beings, to the best of our ability. Including love for those who are ignorant. We send them love, too. I do not mean we agree or acquiesce! But we send love. This is where the proverbial rubber hits that ol’ proverbial road.

We love the haters. Because Love will win.

Always.

Eventually.

Blessings and Love to you in all you do,

Meli

How have your spiritual practices helped you deal with this year’s political unrest? Share your comments below!

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