1. Eating ALL the Chocolate
2. Practicing Metta (Loving Kindness) Meditation
Instead of concocting a hypothetical narrative to fit my negative perception of a stranger (“I bet that guy is a total jerk.”), I consciously made the choice to practice a loving kindness meditation: “May he be happy. May he be well. May he be safe. May he be peaceful and at ease.” Instantly I felt better about the other driver and myself. It reminded me that judging is toxic. It’s a heavy weight I don’t want to carry around, and shifting my focus to empathy granted me instant peace.
3. Focusing on My Community
If you see a need in your area, you can petition your local representative, organize meetings, and educate the public. It’s actually possible to make a difference where you live and see the fruits of your labor. Before becoming discouraged, first consider where, in your small way, you can build fires.
4. Surrounding Myself with Positivity
5. Burying My Head in the Sand
It’s our civic duty to cast our ballots next month, and we need to be informed so we can vote based on our values. However, doing so shouldn’t take place at the expense of our mental health. Give yourself permission to check out, gorge on chocolate, and Google “Donkey in a Hammock.” You’re welcome.