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Elections and Mindfulness

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

These are stressful times, and people are passionate about the direction that they believe that our country should go. I am preparing for next Wednesday or whenever the counting of the votes is over. There are hatred and hostility towards the other party with little middle ground. Mindfulness is part of my solution. It teaches us to not hold too tightly to the rightness of our own positions. I will have a few conversation starters to help my class find a positive path.

Help me to understand why you support ___.” Before launching into an argument, I will try to understand the other person’s view. The greatest danger to our democracy is not that the other side will win, but that we will see them as “the other” and not as our neighbors.
I’ve educated myself about the election, and I’ve voted. Now I’m taking a step away from the evening news. I’m taking the time to be outside and enjoy nature.
I set my intention to see the good and to be thankful. Whatever happens next, I will find peace in this world.
I’m really hoping that Biden becomes president. If not, I’ll find joy and happiness in whatever comes.

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