I’m a little freaked out. Ok, actually I’m really freaked out. There’s a whole lot of ugliness going on right now in the world, especially in politics. I want to stay out of it, above it, but silence in the face of ignorance and intolerance just translates into complicity. I’m feeling very frustrated about what’s happening in our country right now – not just that a man who is very obnoxious and bigoted might be the Republican nominee (and President?!) but that so many people are openly supporting him (look at his numbers!) That so many people agree with him and condone his actions is very unsettling.
I’ve been trying to wrap my brain around all of this.
This space, Groovy Bliss, is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek reminder to use as many tools as I can to see beauty in the world and to share it.
And now I’m falling off a cliff. Into a dead space, feeling shut-down, closed-off, small.
Those are exactly the feelings I don’t want to have. Those are exactly the things that the process of soulful self-care and wellness through creativity is supposed to prevent.
But stuff happens. Like illness, transition, loss. And politics.
Recently I read a post by Susan Piver, New York Times bestselling author and teacher, where she loses it. Freaks out completely. You can read it here, but I’ll warn you – she says f*!& and ha88 a lot. Susan is a well-respected meditation teacher. She makes her life and livelihood teaching people how to be ok with what is.
And she freaked out.
But ultimately Piver recognizes, reminds us that we’re all motivated by one thing: To be happy and free from fear. She offers a loving-kindness meditation to all the dangerous, unloveable people in the world. I know I’m going to have to do that too. I think I’ll go back to my studio and make some art, do a dance, sit in quiet meditation, take a walk, photograph the beauty around me, sip tea, take a nap, eat a delicious supper and call it a day.
I’m going to trust in goodness, kindness and maybe even a little groovy bliss.