I’ve had several conversations lately with people who are ordinarily calm and unflappable and who admitted to being anxious and feeling overwhelmed by the current state of world affairs. Particularly American affairs.
We are living through challenging times.
Last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol triggered fears in many people that they never felt before. A profound sense of insecurity and doubt, hopelessness and despair.
It’s almost impossible not to be affected in some way by current events. Even if you stay off of social media, even if you limit your news consumption, and even if you believe that you’re a master at compartmentalizing, you’re likely to feel something.
The energy is in the collective. We are all connected.
Does it mean you need to wallow in it, to put your life on pause until it all blows over? Not at all.
In fact, learning how to move through these feelings is essential because the political and pandemic situations are unlikely to “blow over” any time soon.
The first step to moving through is to be with what is arising. Name the fear. Acknowledge the grief. Articulate the anxiety.
Until you put it on the table and call it out you’re unable to work with it.
There’s nothing wrong with what you’re feeling.
Naming what is there is the first step on the path to healing.