Home Stretch

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courtesy of philly.com

Regardless of your political views, you have probably felt the turbulence of this election. For some of us, our vote has already been cast and many of us will vote tomorrow. Some may have a hunch of what the final results are, while some of us sit with uncertainty. How can we be with difficult times and stay centered and balanced but still engaged?

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Maybe that is a question for the Chicago Cubs. I grew up as a Yankee fan, back when Bucky Dent was the short stop and there was something called a Reggie Bar. I am now a fair weathered fan and was very happy to see Cleveland and Chicago in The World Series. Could there have been any more drama to go ten innings with a rain delay? Well this election feels even more dramatic with the last minute announcement from Comey that has been completely shut down and a peaceful Republican attacked at a Trump rally.

How do we stay calm, centered and balanced in conversation with others without losing our cool? Naturally we want to stay engaged, attempt to stay open minded but it can be really challenging when we don't see eye to eye or we find the other party fairly ignorant. Using mindfulness to stay connected to our bodies, paying attention to our breath and pausing before we speak will be tools we can use in the home stretch.