*cue the, “typically I don’t do this”*
But, for real: typically I don’t do this.
Most already know I write for various websites — although the frequency has been steadily dwindling, due to a slew of factors (some sites went in a different direction than the things I write about, some sites went out of business, I started writing my most recent novel and had less bandwidth to come up with article ideas, I started writing for clients and had less time to pitch for websites — and some sites, well, don’t pay, and I got sick of writing for free).
Regardless as to how often I write for them, I usually never link anything direction onto the blog (although you can always find these in my publishing creds section. Hint hint, nudge nudge).
Today, though, I invite you to read something I wrote for Huffington Post, titled “Yoga & Namaste in the Time of Trump“.
As an avid (and still fervent) Bernie supporter, I don’t think I have to really dive deeply into my feelings on the presidential election. It has pointed a lot of things out — for both sides of the aisle — and only time will tell what the future brings.
But I will say this: if those running on a platform of hate were to go through with exploiting anger to gain power, they would fail if we actually band together. Their platform of hate will fall on deaf ears if we’re too busy listening to everyone else’s story and background.
And for those who are burned out and don’t want to look at yet another stupid post: “Namaste” literally translates into “I bow to you”, but has transformed to mean, simply put, recognition. I recognize the light in you. The good within me recognizes the good with in you. But it can also be used in times of suffering. The hurt within me recognizes the hurt within you. The frustrated, angry, dark aspects of me acknowledge the frustrated, angry, dark aspects of you.
(And — guess what honeys — we all have that.)
I’m nervous about those who were told, “Your hatred is valid.” But I’m hopeful for those who heard that message and went, “I’ll fight twice as hard to protect those who are marginalized.”
And — again — only time will tell. I’m cautiously optimistic.