Given the presidential election results I am feeling disappointed, baffled, frustrated and angry. How about you? I realize that, in the long run, holding onto these feelings by ourselves or for very long will not serve the goals we so earnestly pray for: shared hopefulness, inclusion, empowerment for women, the dismantling of racism, and the creation of just, diverse and peaceful communities throughout our country.
But sometimes we need time to mourn the setbacks in our journey toward our goals and not too quickly dismiss our pain. I know for myself, that, having mourned, I eventually enter a stronger and healthier resolve to take stock of my core values and lead a life that reflects them.
Each of you may have different ways of mourning and regenerative healing. I am offering you a few images for meditative reflection. I created these images this past week while thinking about water, one of our most precious and endangered natural resources. May these photos reflect the graciousness of the divine feminine for your journey this week.
The remainder of the words in this post is from Hilary Clinton’s concession speech:
“This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country.
I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too. And so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. This is painful, and it will be for a long time. But I want you to remember this: Our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love — and about building an America that’s hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.
We’ve spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe that the American Dream is big enough for everyone — for people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities.
Our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek. And I know you will.”
Let us harvest hopefulness watered by our resolve to move forward and rise anew! Blessings.