By Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP
There is no doubt that the 2016 election has provoked a great deal of anxiety. Everywhere. With everyone.
My clients tell me that tension has been growing within families and rattled friendships when there is a difference in support with one candidate or the other. Turmoil has been present in the work place, in neighborhoods and within people’s hearts as they worry about the results of Tuesday’s election and what will happen to our country during the next four years.
Whether people hide their anxiety under the thick shell of anger – or just admit that they are really, really nervous about the outcome of the election, the anxiety has been brewing for months. Now, just a day before Election Day, the anxiety is being served up full strength.
Which brings us to the question: What do we do on Election Day?
People have been thinking about this already, and they aren’t waiting for Nov. 8 to start.
Tonight, for instance, people are gathering for Election Eve Song Circles across the country. The song circles begin momentarily – at 6 p.m. on the East Coast and move progressively westward. The plan is to sing uplifting songs, such as Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.”
There’s the app, 10percent Happier, which is offering special election day meditations called Meditations for Election Stress which you can download on your iPhone or find online at the main site, where respected mediation teachers guide us how on emotions, balance and the news media.
Another group, Elevate The Vote, is asking us to make Election Day into a demonstration of the power of conscious intention through meditation. It’s promoting hundreds of meditation flash mobs to convene at polling stations across the United States. If you can’t make it out to meditate or there’s no flash mob in your precinct you can listen to and meditate with the audio broadcast at 3 p.m. PST /6 p.m. EST to smartphones across the nation and around the world.
You can take a break from the news and bring peace to your day:
Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP, is an author, trainer and psychotherapist who promotes, practices and teaches experiential methods including psychodrama, Family and Systemic Constellations, sand tray, mindfulness and Tarot imagery.