After the U.S. elections, I didn’t feel inspired to write anything about cosmetics because I couldn’t gloss things over with a superficial conversation that did not honor the complex emotional state so many of us are feeling.
I’ve never experienced a political season like this. Frankly, it was pretty amazing to see how much people cared — especially after so many apathetic elections have come and gone.
I was both glued to and repulsed by the onslaught of frenzied new stories.
The word that has come up over and over is “anger”. I heard so many people say they voted a certain way because they are angry at one thing or another.
Anger isn’t healthy and it sure won’t add to our beauty.
The climate has left a lot of us wondering how to deal with anger and fear in a healthy way
Whether “your side” won or lost, sadly many of you lost friends in the process. The heated emotions have been very difficult to handle. So I wanted to address the impact that this time period has had on our global community and say:
We must acknowledge our feelings. We must recognize the fears we hold. Then use that awareness as the first step in a process of healing and creating more expanded version of ourselves – not tear ourselves or each other down anymore. That just won’t work.
During one of my most recent Sunday Sessions (a live, authentic conversation on our Facebook page that happens weekly), I addressed this very topic – but this is not about politics!
It’s about being able to hold ourselves in the tough moments and say what we feel is valid, whether it’s a loss of a job, partner, betrayal of a friend, etc.
So I edited together some of the most poignant pieces of that conversation to distill it down what I hope will be further inspiration, support, and validation for where you’re at and where you’re trying to go.
I invite you to take a few minutes of your time to watch it, and more importantly, share it if you feel it would be valuable to anyone in your life.
And I would very much love to hear your thoughts on the points I raised.
We are only able to love others to the degree with which we love ourselves first. It is our responsibility to hold our-precious-selves close and make sure we only speak words of love so that it can overflow into the rest of society in a positive and uplifting way.
If you deny what you’re feeling or push it down because you’re listening to advice of people to tell you to just “get over it”, unprocessed emotions will toxify you in a way that can actually do damage to your physical body if it’s held there long enough.
“When Things Fall Apart”, the book I recommended in the video can be found here.
So please watch the video on “How to Deal with Anger and Fear In a Healthy Way” and leave a comment below about what you thought or how you’ve been dealing with these emotions too.