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Danny and I were in Germany during the election. I voted early — Massachusetts recently enacted early voting — and then hopped overseas to visit some family and escape the frenetic run up to the election. I was surprised when I awoke to Danny’s phone in my face and to turn on the TV to see Trump’s victory speech live at the beginning of an otherwise normal feeling morning in Europe. The day before I had snapped this picture just thinking it was a funny curiosity in Berlin (probably just as the shop owner had.)

Following the election, I received a bunch of emails and spoke with friends and read the paper.  I stayed away from social media (this post will not be on social media –as I seek solely to put out a few thoughts — perhaps mostly for my own process.)  An email from an Aikido school provided what I found to be the most elegant response.

It said, we can let practice be our rudder, allowing us to navigate in any seas.

As a person who practices yoga and meditation regularly., I feel grounded in my practice.  I can’t make sense of the suffering that people experience. I don’t have time to really think about it. I can just keep doing what I am doing. What I am doing is being a decent person and caring about people in my family and community.

All the best to you and yours.