Post-election PTSD: You can move to rest, even in distress

I remember the details: I was about to turn off the light in bed when my daughter called. Her voice was breathless, beyond distraught to say, “I think he’s going to win.”

Beyond my own panic was the loss of being able to comfort or help her fears. There was nothing I could do.

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My sister, mother, and I were on a last vacation with my dying father. The TV was not connected, and I didn’t check the Internet — information wouldn’t help with the evening.

After my daughter’s call, I had to pull out all of the 7 Pathways to Rest, to make space for the rest I needed. It’s easy to get caught in the enticing energy of panic, but I knew it didn’t serve me.

I was grateful I knew these Restful Insomnia tools, because resting is key — not only to the body, mind, emotions, and self, but also to family and rebuilding a community of compassion and connection.

In fact, let’s rest right now, for just a minute.

  • Connect to your body.
  • Connect your body to the earth.
  • Connect to the sky with your breath.
  • Connect to what you hear… smell… and taste.
  • Remember, there’s room for you to be all of who you are.

I really want you to honor this space of resting into who you are. At night to renew, and during the day to create your life and the world.

My daughter and I voted together last week — an online conversation as we marked our ballots. That helps us rest easier, to be ready for the next steps still ahead.

For inner and external peace,

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