Yoga and Politics
I've had an interesting reaction to the Presidential results from last night.
As you may or may not know, I voted for Hillary.
So when the votes started rolling in last night and it became clear-ish that my candidate was not going to win, I...had zero emotions.
Or maybe I just had too many opposing emotions that they cancelled each other out.
And instead of quickly jumping to plan a move to Canada, I started thinking more abstractly.
As I saw the votes rolling in I saw just as much red as there was blue.
I saw numbers about as close to 50/50 as you could get.
I saw one big thick and LOUD wall dividing our country.
A lot of people in America are happy with the results, and a lot of people are devastated.
My fiance asked me this morning how I felt about all this, this is what I said...
"I feel grateful for all my blessings. Our country has come a long way but we still have a long way to go. Last night our country spoke. If I don't like what it said then it's up to me, and you, and all American's to fight for the change we want to see.
Susan B Anthony fought for my right to vote. It took her more than one shot, one try. Hillary isn't going to be the first female president, but she got us closer to that than any other woman in history. I still live in a country where my voice is heard more than anywhere else in the world, but it's still not good enough for me, so I'm going to be a part of the solution.
Someday we are going to have kids, I don't want them to think that when they don't like an outcome they just run away... or give up...I believe that we can still create change in this country, somedays I believe it more than others, and maybe change wont happen as fast as we would like, but we can't give up. If people in the past would have done that I would still be unable to vote and slavery would still exist."
So this is what I know:
I have been very blessed in life.
I am a strong female voice.
I don't agree with the decision America made yesterday, but I still believe in America.
I have to.
We all have to.
Someday I want to have kids, and like most people who are parents or want to be parents, I want to create an even better country and world for my kids.
I think the results showed us last night that America is split. We have two very different views on how we want that future and change to look.
My candidate lost, but the fight for equal rights, an end to racism and sexism, that continues.
I feel determined now more than ever to help empower our people and ACT to create the change I want to see, instead of just talking about it.
After all, it definitely took Susan B. Anthony more than one shot, or two, or ten, to get women the right to vote.
What if she just gave up...
Now how does this relate to yoga.
Sometimes it takes something outside of yourself to believe in your own power.
When I practice yoga I feel more centered, more grounded, more ready to take on the day.
Sending you love!
P.S. I'll just put this here (something to help with the political hangover this entire year has brought on)
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